SXSW 2015: Discover 13 International & Innovative Films Directed by Women

By March 16, 2015Events, Festivals, News
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Asteroids and coming of age: discover 13 international and innovative films directed by women presented at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

Summary: SXGlobal – International Movies | Festival Favorites | Headliners | Visions: Innovative Movies

SXGlobal – International Movies

15 Corners of the World (Poland) by Zuzanna Solakiewicz

Imagine the sound that can be touched and seen by each of us. You can see unknown corners of the world. Just let your eyes follow your ears.

Director/Screenwriter: Zuzanna Solakiewicz
U.S. Premiere – Poland – March 15, 17, 18

The Ceremony (Sweden) by Lina Mannheimer

France’s most famous dominatrix, two close friends and two lovers share their innermost thoughts about love, friendship, dominance and submission – as we meet the unusual and fascinating author Catherine Robbe-Grillet and her inner circle.

Director/Screenwriter: Lina Mannheimer
North American Premiere – Sweden – March 14, 16, 19

Free Entry (Hungary) by Yvonne Kerékgyártó

Free Entry is an adventurous journey to adulthood as two 16-year-old girls risk their first steps towards independence, in different ways at the biggest international summer festival of Hungary.

Director/Screenwriter: Yvonne Kerékgyártó
Cast: Luca Pusztai, Ágnes Barta, Péter Sándor, Róbert Kardos, Ádám Kovács, Barnabás Janka, Tibor Szolár, Anna Nemes, Katica Nagy.
North American Premiere – Hungary – March 14, 16, 19

Kings of Nowhere (Mexico) by Betzabé García

Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwestern Mexico. Despite their loneliness and fear, they refuse to leave.

Documentary
Director: Betzabé García
North American Premiere – Mexico – March 15, 17, 18

Good Things Await (Denmark) shot & co-written by Maggie Olkuska

Niels is one the last idealistic farmers in Denmark. He makes some of the worlds finest products. But Niels’s way of farming in accordance with the planet and the primal instinct’s of the animals are not popular with the authorities.


Documentary – aka “Så meget godt i vente”
Director: Phie Ambo
Cinematography: Maggie Olkuska and Phie Ambo
Screenwriters: Phie Ambo, Maggie Olkuska
U.S. Premiere – March 15, 16, 19

Find Maggie Olkuska on the Hollywomen Cinematographers Board

Limbo (Germany) by Anna Sofie Hartmann

A small town on the outskirts of Denmark. Two women – a teenage girl and her schoolteacher – build a strange connection that transforms both of them. A subtle, beautiful, personal film on the state of youth and the uncertainty of being.


Director/Screenwriter: Anna Sofie Hartmann
Cast: Annika Nuka Mathiassen, Sofía Nolsøe
North American Premiere – Germany – March 15, 16, 18

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

City of Gold by Laura Gabbert

City of Gold is a documentary portrait that takes us into Jonathan Gold’s universe to tell the improbable story of a revolution inspired by the pen, but driven by the palate.

Director: Laura Gabbert
USA – March 13, 15, 19

Unexpected by Kris Swanberg

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When Samantha Abbott begins her final semester teaching science at a Chicago high school, she faces some unexpected news: she’s pregnant. Soon after, Samantha learns that one of her favorite students, Jasmine, has landed in a similar situation. Unexpected follows the two women as they embark on an unlikely friendship.


Director: Kris Swanberg
Screenwriters: Kris Swanberg, Megan Mercier
Cast: Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean, Elizabeth McGovern
U.S.A. – 85 Min – March 13, 14, 18

HEADLINERS

BRAND: A Second Coming by Ondi Timoner

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BRAND: A Second Coming follows comedian/author Russell Brand’s evolution from addict & Hollywood star to unexpected political disruptor & newfound hero to the underserved. Brand is criticized for egomaniacal self-interest as he calls for revolution.


Written and directed by: Ondi Timoner
World Premiere – UK – March 13, 15, 17

VISIONS: INNOVATIVE MOVIES

Disaster Playground by Nelly Ben Hayoun

Hollywood relies on Bruce Willis to save the world in Armageddon, but who are the real-life heroes seeking to save our civilization from the next major asteroid impact?

Directed by: Nelly Ben Hayoun
World Premiere – UK – March 13, 17, 19

Honeytrap by Rebecca Johnson

Honeytrap is a tragic teen romance, set in London and inspired by true events. It tells the story of 15 year old Layla, who sets up the boy in love with her to be killed.

Written and directed by: Rebecca Johnson
Cast: Jessica Sula, Lucien Laviscount, Ntonga Mwanza, Naomi Ryan, Danielle Vitalis, Lauren Johns, Savannah Gordon-Liburd, Tosin Cole.
North American Premiere – UK – March 13, 14, 18

Petting Zoo by Micah Magee

A story of love, sex and teen pregnancy in San Antonio, Texas. Petting Zoo is the portrait of a young woman coming into her own, in an environment that does not always present ideal circumstances.

Written and directed by: Micah Magee
Cast: Devon Keller, Austin Reed, Deztiny Gonzales, Kiowa Tucker.
North American Premiere – Germany/USA/Greece – March 14, 15, 19

Sailing a Sinking Sea by Olivia Wyatt

Sailing a Sinking Sea is a feature-length experimental documentary exploring the culture of one of the smallest ethnic minority groups in Asia, the Moken of Thailand and Burma.

Directed by: Olivia Wyatt
World Premiere – USA – March 14, 15, 19

 

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