Movies directed by Women

Once a month for four years, our Group for Films Directed by Women has watched a film, then talked about it. By posting this page, I hope that other women (and men) in cities around the continent, maybe even the world, will start a similar group. We’ve all  seen films directed by men. Now let’s see how women film  the world. I’ve highlighted in green films I thought were excellent! Except for two, all the films were very good, one was fine, the other was, as one member put it, “Two hours of my life I’ll never get back.” Later, I may include brief  descriptions. 


Wanda, Barbara Loden, American, 1970

35 Shots of Rum, Claire Denis, French, 2008,

Mickey and Nicky, Elaine May, American, 1976

Since Otar Left, Georgian, Julie Bertuccelli, 2003

Il Futuro, Italian-Chilean-German-Spanish production, Alicia Scherson, Chile, 2013

Saving Face, Alice Wu, American, 2004

Sita Sings the Blues, American,Nina Paley, 2008

After the Wedding, Susanne Bier,  Danish, 2006 

A New Leaf, Elaine May, American, 1971

Christopher Strong, American, Dorothy Arzner, 1933

Chaos, Coline Serreau, French, 2001

Wadjda, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2012

Daisies, Vera Chytilová,  Czech, 1966

Stories We Tell, Sarah Polley, Canadian, 2012

Headless Woman, Lucrecia Martel, Argentinian, 2008

Cleo from 5 to 7, Agnes Varda, French, 1962

Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, Jane Anderson, US,  2005

Look at Me, Agnes Jaoui, French, 2004,

The Loneliest Planet, Julie Loktev, Russian-American, 2005

Look Both Ways, Sarah Watt, Australian,  2011

Taste of Others, Agnes Jaoui, French, 2000

Beyond Silence, Caroline Link, German 1996

Tomorrow We Move, Chantal Akerman, Belgian, 2004

Mumbai Diaries,  Kiran Rao, Canadian/Indian, 2010

PersepolisMariane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud, American-French, 2007 

Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay, American, 2012

BotaIris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci, Albania, 2014

Sister, Ursula Meier, French, 2012

I Believe in Unicorns,  Leah Meyerhoff, American, 2014

I Don’t Want to Talk about It, Maria Luisa Bemberg, Argentina, 1993

Goodbye, First Love, Mia Hansen-Løve, French 2011

Girlhood,  Céline Sciamma, French, 2014

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, Bruxelle (1975), Chantal Akerman, Belgium. Great great film. Be sure to watch the Criterion interview with Akerman’s mother. 

Selma (2014), Ava DuVernay, American

Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014),  Ana Lily Amirpour, Iranian-American

Blackboards (2000), Samira Makmalbuf, Iranian

The Day I Became a Woman, Marziyeh Meshkini, Iranian, 2001 

La Cienega (2001), Lucrecia Martel, Argentina

Frozen River, (2008) Courtney Holt, US

The Innocents, Poland-France, Anne Fontaine

An Education, (2009)British, Lone Scherfig

Europa, Europa, Agnieska Holland, Poland, 1990, Germany, France, Holland

Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash, American, 1992

Desperately Seeking Susan, US, Susan Seidelman, 1985

The Bigamist, Ida Lupino, American

Toni Erdmann, German, Maren Ade, 2016

Holy Smoke, 1999, Australian, Jane Campion

Nora’s Will (2008). Mexican, Mariana Chenillo

I Will Follow, (2010), US, Ava DuVernay

Women Without Men, Shirin Neshat, 2009, Iranian-American

Losing Ground, Kathleen Collins, 1976?

The Farewell Party, Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon, 2014

One Day Pina Asked, Chantal Akerman, 1983

Loving Vincent,  Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Polish-British, 2017.

The Second Mother, Anna Muylaert. Brazil, 2015

Chocolat, Claire Denis, French, 1988

White Materiel, Claire Denis, French, 2010

The Intruder,  Claire Denis, French

My Life without Me, Isabel Coixet, Spanish-Canadian

Zama, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, 2018

Ginger and Rosa, 2012, Sally Potter

Real Women Have Curves, Patricia Cardosa,

Mama, There’s a Man in Your Bed, Coline Serreau, 1989French

Kusama: Infinity, Heather Lenz, 2019

Le Bonheur, Agnes Varda, 1965

The Savages, Tamara Jenkins, USA, 2007

Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichart, USA, 2008

Leave No Trace, Debra Granik, USA, 2018

Night Comes on, Jordana Spira, American, 2018 

I Am Not a Witch, Rungano Nyoni, International, including Welsh, 2018.

Their Finest, Lone Scherfig, Britain, 2016

Antonia’s Line, Marueen Gorris, Dutch, 1995

The Invitation, Karyn Kusama, USA. 2015

#Female Pleasure, Barbara Miller, Swiss-German, 2019   

The Ascent, Larisa Shepitko, Russian, 1977

Pariah,  Dee Rees, 2011

Lady on Fire, Celine Sciamma, French, 2019