Weekly update for May 15th: Women-centered, directed, and written films that you can watch from home Women

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Alice – Written and directed by Josephine Mackerras

Alice (Emilie Piponnier) is the perfect wife and mother and lives in an apartment in Paris with her husband Francois (Martin Swabey) and their son. One day, however, Alice’s credit cards are rejected and she discovers that Francois has bankrupted her due to a secret addiction to high-end escorts. When Francois suddenly disappears, Alice has to take care of herself and her son. She soon learns that the bank will close her apartment in a few weeks. Alice has no one to turn to and visits Francois’ escort service in hopes of finding a way to make money quickly. Alice, who initially hesitates in her new profession, soon begins to thrive, gaining both financial independence and a sense of empowerment she has never felt before. But when Francois shows up at her front door, Alice has to reconcile the life that they have shared with the life that she has built for herself.

“Alice” is now overflowing virtual cinemas.

Buffaloed – Directed by Tanya Wexler


This film is hysterical and original – it’s pretty refreshing. Zoey Deutch plays Peg, a young woman who is always looking for a scam. She is brilliant, broke, and brings her intellect and street smarts to a few dubious ventures in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. I don’t want to give away too much, but “Buffaloed” is a great, wild ride. Every time I thought a turn would not work, it did. The film is an unexpected joy. Deutch’s performance is particularly impressive. I look forward to seeing what she does next. She has the goods. (Melissa Silverstein)

Buffaloed will be available on VOD platforms on May 19.

Seberg – Written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel


“Seberg” is inspired by true events about French new wave darling and “Breathless” star Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart), who was targeted by the FBI in the late 1960s for her support of the civil rights movement and her romantic involvement in Hakim Jamal was (Anthony Mackie) among others. In this noiristic thriller, Seberg’s life and career are destroyed by J. Edgar Hoover’s overarching surveillance and harassment to suppress and discredit Seberg’s activism.

“Seberg” is now streamed on Amazon Prime Video.


Mara and Jo, in their mid-20s, have been close friends since middle school. Jo (Norma Kuhling), the more outgoing personality, is a social worker who maintains a number of short but intense relationships. Mara (Tallie Medel), a less bubbly personality than Jo, jumps between teaching assistant jobs while trying to find a position in elementary school and writes fiction in her spare time. It quickly becomes clear that despite her intellectual talent, Jo is unreliable in her professional life and loses and acquires jobs at worrying speeds. Drug abuse can be responsible for Jo’s instability – but some observers suspect a deeper problem. Over the course of a decade, the more stable Mara sometimes tries to help, sometimes withdraws to maintain herself, but never leaves her strong childhood relationship with Jo behind.

“Fourteen” is now overflowing virtual cinemas.

Tingle Monsters (Short) – Written and directed by Alexandra Serio

An ASMR vlogger (Alexandra Serio) with a dedicated fan base returns from a long absence with a livestream that gets out of control.

“Tingle Monster” will be available on-line May 20.



How to Build a Girl – Directed by Coky Giedroyc; Written by Caitlin Moran (VOD)
Clementine – Script and Direction: Lara Jean Gallagher (Virtual cinemas)
Valley Girl – Directed by Rachel Lee Goldenberg; Written by Amy Talkington (VOD)
Yeva – Written and directed by Anahid Abad (Vimeo)
Mother’s Little Helpers – Written and directed by Kestrin Pantera (VOD)
CRSHD – Written and directed by Emily Cohn (Virtual cinemas)
Sweetness in the Belly – Written by Laura Phillips (VOD)
On a magical night (Virtual cinemas)
Hiatus (VOD)
Nicer because you were broken – written and directed by Nicole Conn (VOD)
A good woman is hard to find (VOD)
18 gifts (Netflix)
Half of it – Written and directed by Alice Wu (Netflix)
South Mountain – Written and Directed by Hilary Brougher (VOD)
Tammy always dies – directed by Amy Jo Johnson; Written by Joanne Sarazen (VOD)
Become (Documentary) – Directed by Nadia Hallgren (Netflix)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (VOD, Disney +)
Saint Frances – Written by Kelly O’Sullivan (VOD)
Better Days – Written by Wing-Sum Lam, Yuan Li and Yimeng Xu (VOD)
Thousand Gold Pieces (Restoration) – Directed by Nancy Kelly; Written by Anne Makepeace (Cinema marquee)
To the Stars – Directed by Martha Stephens; Written by Shannon Bradley-Colleary (VOD)
The Assistant – Written and Directed by Kitty Green (VOD)
The Photo – Written and directed by Stella Meghie (VOD)
A Secret Love (Documentary) – Written by Alexa L. Fogel, Chris Bolan and Brendan Mason (Netflix)
Selah and The Spades – Written and directed by Tayarisha Poe (Amazon Prime)
Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint (documentary) – Director: Halina Dyrschka (Cinema marquee)
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (Documentary) (Film forum)
Beanstalk (VOD, Film forum)
Sea Fever – written and directed by Neasa Hardiman (VOD)
Stray Dolls – Director: Sonejuhi Sinha; Written by Sonejuhi Sinha and Charlotte Rabate (VOD)
Fleabag Live (Taped Theater Production) – directed by Vicky Jones; Written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Amazon Prime, Soho theater on demand)
Tape – script and direction: Deborah Kampmeier (VOD)
Misconduct – Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe; Written by Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe (UK) (VOD)
The Other Lamb – directed by Malgorzata Szumowska; Written by Catherine S. McMullen (VOD)
Never rarely sometimes always – written and directed by Eliza Hittman (VOD)
Invisible Life – Written by Inés Bortagaray, Karim Aïnouz and Murilo Hauser (Amazon Prime)
Portrait of a Burning Lady – Written and directed by Celine Sciamma (Hulu)
The Perfect Candidate – Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour; Written by Haifaa Al-Mansour and Brad Niemann (UK) (VOD)
Blow The Man Down – Written and directed by Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole (Amazon Prime)
Emma. – Directed by Autumn de Wilde; Written by Eleanor Catton (VOD)
Birds of Prey (and the fantastic emancipation of a Harley Quinn) – directed by Cathy Yan; Written by Christina Hodson (VOD)
The invisible man (VOD)


Ovid and the Art of Love – Written and directed by Esmé von Hoffman

“Ovid and the Art of Love”

Centuries apart, but in the same place, “Ovid and the Art of Love” tells the story of the famous Roman poet Ovid (Corbin Bleu), whose comic lines and revealing lifestyle provoked the wrath of the brutal emperor Augustus (John Savage). While Ovid and the Emperor’s granddaughter – thrown together by fate – want to flee for execution, Ovid’s story asks: Is love the most radical act of all in a world of unrest? This film combines togas, high-tops, speeches, poetry slams and hip-hop and tells a current story about power, pleasure and politics.

“Ovid and the Art of Love” will be available on the VOD platforms on May 19.

The Dalai Lama: Scientist (Documentary) – Written and directed by Dawn Gifford Engle

A little boy was born 85 years ago in a remote corner of Tibet. One day, he was miraculously discovered as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama and soon abducted to the city of Lhasa to become the political and religious leader of the vast kingdom of Tibet. But the little boy had a secret in his heart. In “The Dalai Lama: Scientist”, the Dalai Lama tells in his own words the unknown story of his lifelong journey into the world of science and technology and how the world has changed as a result. With extensive, rare and never-before-seen footage, this film tells the very human story of the Dalai Lama that no one knows.

The Dalai Lama: Scientist will be available on VOD platforms on May 19.

Tokyo Godfathers – Written by Keiko Nobumoto and Satoshi Kon

In today’s Tokyo, three homeless people change their lives forever when they spot a little girl on a dump on Christmas Eve. As the new year quickly approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of their parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to face their own haunted past as they learn to deal with their future together.

“Tokyo Godfathers” will be available on VOD platforms on May 19th.

I love you, stupid – directed by Laura Mañá

After Marcos (Quim Gutiérrez) was released by his girlfriend, he tries to reinvent himself as a modern man with the help of a childhood friend and an online guru.

“I love you, stupid” is now streaming on Netflix.


“Circus of books”

The Color of Medicine: The History of Homer G. Phillips Hospital (Documentary) – Directed by Joyce Marie Fitzpatrick and Brian Shackelford (VOD)
Graves Without a Name (documentary) – Written by Agnès Sénémaud and Rithy Panh (VOD)
The Traitor – Written by Valia Santella, Ludovica Rampoldi, Marco Bellocchio and Francesco Piccolo (VOD)
Fantasy Island – Written by Jillian Jacobs, Jeff Wadlow and Christopher Roach (VOD)
The Legion – Written by Carmen Ballesteros, Pedro Santamaría, Alberto Vázquez Figueroa and C. J. Wells (VOD)
Bull – Directed by Annie Silverstein; Written by Annie Silverstein and Johnny McAllister (VOD)
The Infiltrators (documentary) – directed by Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera (Virtual cinemas)
Ordinary Love – Directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (VOD)
The Flood – Written by Helen Kingston (VOD)
Pahokee (documentary) – directed by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan (Virtual cinemas)
Circus of Books (Documentary) – Directed by Rachel Mason (Netflix)
Pot Luck (documentary) – Written and directed by Jane Wells (VOD)
Abe – Written by Lameece Isaaq and Jacob Kader (VOD)
Other Music (Documentary) – Directed by Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller (Virtual cinemas)
L’Innocente (republished) – Written by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Luchino Visconti and Enrico Medioli (Film forum)


Band Ladies (Web Series) – Director: Molly Flood (available now) Highball TV)

“Band Ladies” is a dark comedic digital original series about a taut housewife, a disillusioned lawyer, a desperate artist, a barren millionaire and a loveless flake that will turn your monthly book club into a punk band and come to life when you finally get over it own regret. As the band Ladies get in touch with their anger and power, they discover true friendship and an inner strength that nobody knew they had, not even themselves.

The Great (premieres May 15th on Hulu)

“The great”

“The Great” tells the story of a woman who doesn’t let sexism or her incredibly incompetent husband stand in the way of her fate. The Hulu series is called the “occasionally true story” and shows the triumphs and sufferings of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning), an outsider who becomes the longest reigning ruler in the history of Russia. “The Great” is far less concerned with historical accuracy than with the entertainment of the audience, and it certainly delivers in this regard. Those who dislike self-respect, pomp and historical drama will appreciate the disrespectful dialogue and rapid pace of “The Great”. The dark comedy is merciless and has a lot in common with Tony McNamara’s Oscar-nominated screenplay for “The Favorite”, another historical story with a bite. But “The Great” is also a coming-of-age story about an ambitious young woman who takes over the power of someone who is unable to recognize her as a threat. (Laura Berger)

White Lines (premieres May 15th on Netflix)

Zoe Walker (Laura Haddock) leaves her quiet life behind to investigate her brother’s disappearance in Ibiza, where she quickly follows a decadent and dangerous path.

Inhuman Resources – Written by Perrine Margaine and Pierre Lemaitre (May 15th premieres on Netflix)

Alain Delambre (Eric Cantona) is a senior executive who has been exhausted and humiliated by six years of unemployment. If a reputable company chooses him as a candidate, he is ready to betray his wife, steal from his daughters, beat his son-in-law, and even take part in a role-playing game in the form of a hostage-taking scenario, knowing that if he is hired, everything is awarded. But nothing will go as planned.

The Queen and the Conqueror (May 16 Premiere on Netflix)

Years after the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Heredia (Emmanuel Esparza) betrayed their people and broke their hearts, the indigenous woman Catalina (Essined Aponte) re-enters his life to take revenge.

Hightown – Created by Rebecca Perry Cutter (premieres May 17th on Starz)


In the world of beautiful but dreary Cape Cod, a woman’s (Monica Raymund) journey to sobriety is overshadowed by a murder investigation that forces her to her knees.

Taylor Swift: City of Lover Concert (Concert Special) (premieres May 17th on ABC)

Taylor Swift was filmed at the L’Olympia Theater in Paris, France last September and plays songs from her award-winning album “Lover” in front of an intimate crowd of fans from 37 countries traveling to the city of love for this unique event. lifelong concert. The musical event provides fans with unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes moments with the artist and marks her only concert performance this year after her Lover Fest tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dead Still – Directed by Imogen Murphy and Craig David Wallace; Written by Imogen Murphy and John Morton (premieres May 18 on Acorn TV)

The six-episode drama takes place in Ireland in the 1880s, in the heyday of postmortem photography in the Victorian era, and follows a well-known commemorative photographer (Michael Smiley) involved in a series of obvious murders that seem to be related to his work.

St. Louis Superman (short documentary) – directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan (premieres May 18 on MTV and VH1)

Bruce Franks Jr. is a 34-year old battle rapper, Ferguson activist, and state official from St. Louis, Missouri. Known to his voters as Superman, he is a political figure like you’ve never seen before – full of contradictions and profound insights that have overcome the indescribable loss of becoming one of the most exciting and apologetic young leaders in the country. This short Verité documentary follows Bruce at a critical point in his life where he’s forced to grapple with the mental trauma he’s had for nearly 30 years since his nine-year-old brother was shot before his eyes to find peace and to truly fulfill his fate as the leader of his community.

Stargirl (premieres May 19 at The CW)


High school student Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) discovers a powerful cosmic wand and, after learning that her stepfather used to be a hero buddy, becomes the inspiration for a new generation of superheroes.

Sweet Magnolia – Created by Sheryl J. Anderson (May 19 Premiere on Netflix)

“Sweet Magnolias” is about three women from South Carolina who have been best friends since high school and who lead each other through the complexity of romance, career and family.

Front: Inside Italy’s COVID War (documentary special) – Directed by Sasha Joelle Achilli (premieres May 19 on PBS)

“Frontline” is in a hospital that is fighting the coronavirus crisis in northern Italy because doctors are forced to make life and death decisions. An intimate, exclusive story that follows a besieged emergency doctor’s office, Francesca Mangiatordi, her staff and the patients suffering from COVID-19 from the darkest days to the signs of hope.

Blood & Water – Created and written by Nosipho Dumisa (premieres May 20 on Netflix)

“Blood & water”

“Blood & Water” follows the exploits of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo (Ama Qamata), who is planning her transfer to the prestigious Parkhurst College to investigate the cold case of the older sister who was kidnapped at birth and never met.


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