Women Make Film - a companion collection
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
Fantasy199293 minsDirector: Sally Potter
Tilda Swinton stars in Sally Potter's dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.
"Sally Potter, Tilda Swinton and Virginia Woolf travel in time, gender and form together. See Orlando when you’re a teenager, and treasure it your whole life."
Drama2009118 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold
Mia loves to dance and longs to escape her Essex council estate but her uncontrollable rage is her worst enemy.
"15 year old, restless, Mia, and her mother’s alluring boyfriend, Michael Fassbender. What could possibly go wrong? The feelings burst the frame."
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. "