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Mark Cousins selects some remarkable films from his epic doumentary Women Make Film: A Road Movie Through Cinema.

 They aren’t at the edges of film history.  They are its centres.

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The WondersThe Wonders

Drama2014111 minsDirector: Alice Rohrwacher

An enchanting, otherworldly coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who enters her unwilling family into a TV talent show.

"TV invades the life of a family of Italian bee keepers; director Alice Rohrwacher invades our imaginations. Wow."

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Toni ErdmannToni Erdmann

Comedy2016162 minsDirector: Maren Ade

A lonely prankster upends the life of his high-powered daughter in a riotous comedy, deep and sharp.

"A work-obsessed woman is plagued by her embarrassing, trickster dad. Exquisite, hilarious and diamond-sharp."

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at NightA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Horror2014101 minsDirector: Ana Lily Amirpour

If you only see one Iranian vampire western this year, make sure it’s this one. A female vampire stalks a ghost town in Ana Lily Amirpour’s arresting debut.

"Did FW Murnau and Sergio Leone meet in Iran and make a horror film? Ana Lily Armirpour’s seductive movie puts its vampire arms around you."

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Germany, Pale MotherGermany, Pale Mother

Drama1980151 minsDirector: Helma Sanders-Brahms

Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.

"History films are often under-imagined, but this Nazi-era epic, with its daring connections and big metaphors, is one of the greats."

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On the Twelfth Day...On the Twelfth Day...

Romance195521 minsDirector: Wendy Toye

Playful, charming, Oscar-nominated take on the Christmas song directed by queen of the dance Wendy Toye and designed by the great Ronald Searle.

"Dancer-actor-director Wendy Toye worked from 1929 to 1996. This classic Christmas film, one of the most designed in movie history, is a highlight at that career. "

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Fish TankFish Tank

Drama2009118 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold's BAFTA winner and coming-of-age story starring newcomer Katie Jarvis as disaffected teen Mia and Michael Fassbender in one of his earliest film roles.

"15 year old, restless, Mia, and her mother’s alluring boyfriend, Michael Fassbender. What could possibly go wrong? The feelings burst the frame."

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