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Women Make Film : A New Road Movie through Cinema - deel 6

Mark Cousins / GB, 2018 / 117 min.

Part six of a vertiginous trip through the history of cinema as seen through the eyes of the greatest of female directors. Our guides are Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Debra Winger, Adjoa Andoh, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Sharmila Tagore. Love, life, humour, politics and death all feature in this epic, 14-hour road journey screened in seven instalments.

poster Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (Mark Cousins, GB 2019)

Mark Cousins strides through the alternative history of cinema, showing almost seven hundred clips from films by 183 female directors, the majority of whom have remained fairly unknown to us.

Tension Thrillers, but much more. We look at gripping scenes in films as diverse as Joel DeMott’s documentary Demon Lover Diary, Kathryn Bigelow’s Blue Steel, Carol Morley’s Dreams of A Life, Mimi Leder’s Peacemaker, and Marleen Gorris’ remarkable A Question of Silence.

Stasis Cinema is an action art, isn’t it? Or is it? Directors Angela Schanelec, Anouk Leopold, Kira Muratova, Chantal Akerman, Sharon Lockhart, and Pakistan’s Subiha Sumar, amongst others, show us the pleasures and beauties of the held Moment.

Leave out Movies show the world, but what happens when they don’t show something? In this chapter, some of the great filmmakers from around the world withhold a moment, a scene, and their films are better for it.

Reveal Paired with the chapter before (about Leave out), is this one, its opposite. How does Lynne Ramsay build up a reveal in Morvern Callar? How does the great actor-director Kinuyo Tanaka do it? Or Sarah Polley? Or Italy’s Alice Rohrwacher?

Memory As cinema is a kind of time machine, it’s no surprise that it’s great at memory. In this chapter, we look at rare movie gems about memory directed by filmmakers including Petra Costa, Greece’s Maria Plytya, Poland’s Dorota Kedzierzawska, Vera Chytilova, Mai Zetterling and Mati Diop.

Time Every filmmaker has to think about time. As this chapter shows, Alice Guy-Blaché, Chantal Akerman, Hungary’s Ildiko Enyedi, Hanna Polak, Marie Menken and Sally Potter did so brilliantly.

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Mark Cousins

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Women Make Film : A New Road Movie through Cinema - deel 6


117 min.


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