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Inspirational and diverse works of great cinema; all originating from women with a movie camera.

Behind every great female-directed film is a female director. It’s time to make them iconic.

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Sweet BeanSweet Bean

Drama2015113 minsDirector: Naomi Kawase

A struggling street food vendor accepts help from an elderly lady with a sensational recipe up her sleeve, in Naomi Kawase's bittersweet drama of culinary redemption.

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Kiss of the DamnedKiss of the Damned

Horror201295 minsDirector: Xan Cassavetes

A cool and contemporary take on the vampire myth, steeped in atmosphere and brooding contemplation.

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FaithlessFaithless

Drama2000154 minsDirector: Liv Ullmann

Ingmar Bergman scripts this semi-autobiographical drama directed by his closest collaborator, Liv Ullmann, about a theatre director facing up to the pain he inflicted upon his muse.

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Under the SkinUnder the Skin

Melodrama199783 minsDirector: Carine Adler

Carine Adler’s sexy and dark debut, starring Samantha Morton in her first major feature film role.

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Frozen RiverFrozen River

Crime200893 minsDirector: Courtney Hunt

Nominated for two Oscars (Best Actress – Melissa Leo - and Best Original Screenplay) Frozen River is a riveting thriller that raises questions about the borders we construct, between countries, communities and each other.

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SomersaultSomersault

Drama2004102 minsDirector: Cate Shortland

This intoxicating drama about an adolescent girl's sexual awakening launched the careers of both its star Abbie Cornish and director Cate Shortland.

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Second ComingSecond Coming

Drama2014105 minsDirector: Debbie Tucker Green

What if an immaculate conception took place in a South London household? Idris Elba stars in a subtle, thought-provoking and original family drama.

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GholamGholam

Drama201895 minsDirector: Mitra Tabrizian

An Iranian exile in London, who is haunted by his past, gets involved in the conflicts of a total stranger and has to see it through until the end, in this mesmerising slow-burn thriller.

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EvolutionEvolution

Drama201582 minsDirector: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

The long-awaited second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) is a gorgeously surreal coming-of-age tale laced with bizarre body-horror.

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Me without YouMe without You

Drama2001103 minsDirector: Sandra Goldbacher

Anna Friel and Michelle Williams star as two troubled girls whose tumultuous friendship takes many twists and turns.

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Red RoadRed Road

Thriller2006110 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

Andrea Arnold’s highly acclaimed film, winner of top prizes at Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival, is a haunting drama about a woman confronting past demons.

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My 20th CenturyMy 20th Century

Drama198999 minsDirector: Ildikó Enyedi

Ildikó Enyedi's magical tale of twin girls born in Budapest at the very moment that Edison’s wondrous electric light-bulb is unveiled to the world.

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DaisiesDaisies

Comedy196673 minsDirector: Vera Chytilová

Two self-confessed hedonists wreak wanton havoc in Věra Chytilová's visually spectacular neo-dadaist farce.

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TomboyTomboy

Drama201182 minsDirector: Céline Sciamma

A ten-year-old girl, settling into her new neighbourhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it's too late for the mistake to be clarified.

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UnrelatedUnrelated

Drama200796 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

On a Tuscan break a fortysomething woman finds herself drawn to the company of a group of partying teens, including a young Tom Hiddleston (in one of his earliest roles).

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Island of the Hungry GhostsIsland of the Hungry Ghosts

Documentary201898 minsDirector: Gabrielle Brady

A therapist helps traumatised refugees detained on a remote island where powerful natural and tribal rituals prevail, in this extraordinary mix of fact and fiction.

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HelenHelen

Thriller200875 minsDirector: Christine Molloy

An inventive and acclaimed British feature following the transformation of a teenager who agrees to portray her missing college friend in a highly detailed crime reconstruction.

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Further BeyondFurther Beyond

Documentary201688 minsDirector: Christine Molloy

Desperate Optimists' deliriously deconstructed biopic of the extraordinary Ambrosio O'Higgins, who left Ireland to become the captain general of Chile in the Spanish Empire.

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Almost HeavenAlmost Heaven

Documentary201772 minsDirector: Carol Salter

Carol Salter's award-winning portrait of a young Chinese woman training to become a mortician is a tender and reflective elegy on death and the fragility of life.

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Letters from BaghdadLetters from Baghdad

Documentary201691 minsDirector: Sabine Krayenbühl

Tilda Swinton narrates the extraordinary journey of Gertrude Bell, a singular woman who played a significant – often unrecognised – role in British imperial policy making in Iraq.

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From the Sea to the Land BeyondFrom the Sea to the Land Beyond

Documentary201273 minsDirector: Penny Woolcock

This fascinating and moving film by award-winning director Penny Woolcock is a lyrical portrait of Britain's coastline which features a score by British Sea Power.

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The Headless WomanThe Headless Woman

Drama200886 minsDirector: Lucrecia Martel

A woman is plagued by paranoia after she hits something – or someone – with her car in Lucrecia Martel’s acclaimed psychological thriller.

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Before StonewallBefore Stonewall

Documentary198484 minsDirector: Greta Schiller

Documenting the testimonies from those who dared to challenge the world and helped create the modern gay community.

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Fidelio, Alice's JourneyFidelio, Alice's Journey

Drama201497 minsDirector: Lucie Borleteau

When Alice takes a job as a ship’s engineer her fidelity towards her shore-bound fiancé is tested when she discovers a former lover is the ship’s captain.

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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.

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Power in Our HandsPower in Our Hands

Documentary201575 minsDirector: Angela Spielsinger

Ground-breaking documentary that uses archive film to tell the story of the British Deaf community’s fight for civil rights.

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When I Saw YouWhen I Saw You

Drama201294 minsDirector: Annemarie Jacir

Following the Six-Day War in 1967, a young Palestinian refugee boy yearns to be reunited with his father and joins a band of freedom fighters.

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Brick LaneBrick Lane

Drama200797 minsDirector: Sarah Gavron

Sarah Gavron’s subtle and intelligent adaptation of Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel charts the experiences of a Bangladeshi woman in London.

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The IncidentThe Incident

Drama201594 minsDirector: Jane Linfoot

Jane Linfoot's clinically constructed study of guilt, betrayal, responsibility concerns a comfortable family whose seemingly perfect lives are suddenly thrown into turmoil.

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Brand: A Second ComingBrand: A Second Coming

Documentary2015105 minsDirector: Ondi Timoner

Russell Brand ponders his political awakening and messianic tendencies in Ondi Timoner’s perceptive and very funny documentary.

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Riddles of the SphinxRiddles of the Sphinx

Drama197787 minsDirector: Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s visually accomplished and intellectually rigorous film is one of the most important avant-garde films of the 1970s.

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FaceFace

Crime1997101 minsDirector: Antonia Bird

Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone are members of a criminal gang that tears itself apart after a heist goes wrong, in Antonia Bird’s stylish thriller.

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Something DifferentSomething Different

Drama196381 minsDirector: Vera Chytilová

Věra Chytilová's first feature is an important work of women's cinema, which contrasts the parallel stories of a gymnast (filmed as documentary) and a housewife (told as fiction).

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Fruit of ParadiseFruit of Paradise

Drama196999 minsDirector: Vera Chytilová

Věra Chytilová's symbolic retelling of the Adam and Eve story is a ravishing tapestry of ideas, textures, and visual tropes.

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TrapsTraps

Comedy1998116 minsDirector: Vera Chytilová

Věra Chytilová's dark, post-communist comedy. After a veterinary surgeon is sexually assaulted by two men, she uses her particular expertise in castraton to exact her revenge…

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A Bagful of FleasA Bagful of Fleas

Documentary196243 minsDirector: Vera Chytilová

Věra Chytilová's 'fictionalised documentary' uses non-actors to portray girls' lives in the cotton mills of Náchod.

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By the Time It Gets DarkBy the Time It Gets Dark

Drama2016106 minsDirector: Anocha Suwichakornpong

Anocha Suwichakornpong's mesmerising and innovative treatise on memory, politics and cinema.

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She, a ChineseShe, a Chinese

Drama200999 minsDirector: Xiaolu Guo

British-Chinese director Xiaolu Guo’s story of a young woman's journey from a remote Chinese village to London, in an attempt to realise the Western consumer dream.

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A Simple LifeA Simple Life

Drama2011118 minsDirector: Ann Hui On-Wah

A wealthy film executive reconnects with the nanny who raised him, in a touching drama from the great humanist of the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui.

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In a Better WorldIn a Better World

Drama2010113 minsDirector: Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier’s sumptuous, Oscar-winning drama explores the duality of a doctor working in a Sudanese refugee camp and his troubled family life in rural Denmark.

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The ArborThe Arbor

Biopic201090 minsDirector: Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard's film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar mixes reconstruction, interviews (performed by actors) and scenes from the plays.

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Heart of the AngelHeart of the Angel

198940 minsDirector: Molly Dineen

Molly Dineen’s wry, humorous and sometimes touching look at the trials faced by the staff and passengers of London’s dishearteningly dilapidated Angel tube station, before its modernisation

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Amour FouAmour Fou

Period drama201492 minsDirector: Jessica Hausner

Jessica Hausner’s long-awaited follow-up to Lourdes is a devilish anti-Rom-Com in which German poet seeks mates for a suicide pact.

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Night MovesNight Moves

Thriller2013113 minsDirector: Kelly Reichardt

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning star in a taut political thriller about radical environmentalists planning to commit an act of eco-terrorism.

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My Brother the DevilMy Brother the Devil

Drama2012107 minsDirector: Sally El Hosaini

Sally El Hosaini's feature debut tells of the love and disenchantment of two British-Egyptian brothers. Gangs, drugs and sexuality come between them

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The Cave of the Yellow DogThe Cave of the Yellow Dog

Drama200589 minsDirector: Byambasuren Davaa

A Mongolian nomad family find themselves in disagreement when the oldest daughter, Nansal, finds a small dog and brings it home, in Davaa Byambasuren's reflective, naturalistic fable.

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