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movies by or about women opening US/Can May 15–17

The Sun Is Also a Star Yara Shahidi

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female director, female screenwriter, female coprotagonist
The Sun Is Also a Star [pictured]
Tracy Oliver writes and Ry Russo-Young directs this romantic drama about a teenage couple who fall in love at an inopportune moment. Costarring Yara Shahidi.
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female director, female coscreenwriter, female coprotagonist
A Dog’s Journey
Gail Mancuso directs, and Maya Forbes and Cathryn Michon cowrite, this family adventure drama about a dog who finds meaning in his life via the (mixed-gender) succession of humans he encounters.
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Ask for Jane
Rachel Carey writes and directs this historical drama about a group of women who provide safe abortions in the pre-Roe era in the American Midwest. Starring Cody Horn, Chloë Levine, Sarah Steele, Alison Wright, Sarah Ramos, and Sophie von Haselberg.
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
The Souvenir
Joanna Hogg writes and directs this semiautobiographical coming-of-age drama about a young film student (Honor Swinton Byrne). Costarring Tilda Swinton.
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
The Third Wife
Ash Mayfair writes and directs this Vietnamese historical drama about a teenage girl (Nguyen Phuong Tra My) who marries a wealthy landowner.
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female director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Stacie Passon directs this mystery drama about two young women (Taissa Farmiga and Alexandra Daddario) whose secluded life with their uncle is threatened by a family secret. (male writer)
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female codirector, female coscreenwriter, female coprotagonist
Aniara
Pella Kagerman cowrites and codirects this Swedish sci-fi drama about a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars that is knocked irretrievably off-course.
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female codirector, female coscreenwriter, female coprotagonist
The Wandering Soap Opera
Pía Rey cowrites and Valeria Sarmiento codirects this Chilean fantasy comedy positing that reality is just an ensemble of soap operas.
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Trial by Fire
Laura Dern costars in this docudrama about a woman who befriends a death-row inmate and helps with his appeals. (male writer and director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Amaurosis (aka The Unseen)
Jasmine Hyde costars in this mystery drama about a couple suffering from traumatic stress after the death of their young son. (male writer-director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
All Creatures Here Below
Karen Gillan costars in this drama as part of a homeless couple on the run. (male writer and director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Photograph
Sanya Malhotra costars in this Indian romantic drama about a woman who poses as the fiancée of a street photographer who took her picture. (male writer-director)
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