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movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Feb 14

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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Black Panther [my review]
Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, and Florence Kasumba costar in this comic-book action fantasy as powerful support for a male hero. (male writers and director)


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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
The Boy Downstairs [my review]
Zosia Mamet stars as a New Yorker who discovers that her ex lives in the building she just moved into, prompting her to reconsider their breakup. Written and directed by Sophie Brooks.


female director, female screenwriter, female coprotagonist
The Party [my review]
Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, and Cherry Jones costar in an ensemble black comedy about a friendly get-together that goes sour. Written and directed by Sally Potter.


female director, female screenwriter, male protagonist
Western [IMDb]
Valeska Grisebach writes and directs this German drama about (male) construction workers.


male director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
Double Lover (L’amant double) [IMDb]
Marine Vacth stars as a Parisian woman who falls in love with her therapist in this erotic thriller. (male writer-director)


male director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
The Scent of Rain & Lightning [IMDb] pictured
Maika Monroe stars as a woman who investigates her parents’ murder; also costarring Maggie Grace and Bonnie Bedelia. (male writers and director)


male director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
A Wish for Giants [IMDb]
Naysa Altmeyer and Alexa Mechling star as two girls on an adventure in search of Bigfoot. (male writers and director)


male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Loveless [IMDb]
Maryana Spivak costars as a Moscow mother who, like her soon-to-be ex-husband, is so caught up in her own life that her young son goes neglected. (male writers and director)


male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Tehran Taboo [IMDb]
Lilli Novi and Zahra Amir Ebrahimi costar as the voices of women in Tehran who must navigate Iran’s extreme patriarchy in this ensemble animated drama. (male writer-director)


male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
The Housemaid [IMDb]
Kate Nhung costars as a young woman hired as a maid in 1950s French Indochina who finds herself working at a haunted house. (male writer-director)


male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Nostalgia [IMDb]
Ellen Burstyn, Joanna Going, Catherine Keener, and Beth Grant costar in this ensemble drama about memory, love, and loss. (male writer-director)


Please let me know if I’ve missed any movies directed by, written by, or about women.

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