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movies by or about women opening US/Can Sep 18–20

Britt-Marie Was Here Pernilla August

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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Downton Abbey
Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Tuppence Middleton, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael, Kate Phillips, Imelda Staunton, Raquel Cassidy, Sophie McShera, Phyllis Logan, Geraldine James, Penelope Wilton, and Lesley Nicol costar in this ensemble historical drama about a royal visit to a rural estate in 1920s England. (male writer and director)
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Send Me to the Clouds
Congcong Teng directs and writes this Chinese drama, about a young writer (Chen Yao) whose cancer diagnosis launches her on an existential journey.
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female director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
Always in Season
Jacqueline Olive directs and cowrites this documentary about a mother who seeks justice after her son is murdered.
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female director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
Britt-Marie Was Here [pictured]
Tuva Novotny directs and cowrites this Swedish dramedy about a newly divorced woman (Pernilla August) who takes a job coaching a kids’ soccer team.
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male director, female screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Midnight Traveler
Emelie Coleman Mahdavian writes this documentary about a family fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan. (male director)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
Ambition
Jenna Lyn Wright cowrites this thriller about a young musician (Katherine Hughes) who is threatened as she prepares for a competition. (male director)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, male protagonist
Bloodline
Avra Fox-Lerner cowrites this thriller about a man struggling with his propensity for violence. (male director)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, male protagonist
Coming Up for Air
Deborah Staples cowrites this drama about a (male) college athlete who is having a mental-health crisis. (male director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Corporate Animals
Demi Moore, Jessica Williams, Martha Kelly, Jennifer Kim, and Nasim Pedrad costar in this ensemble horror comedy about a team-building exercise that goes wrong. (male writer and director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Don’t Be Nice
Spoken-word performers Lauren Whitehead, Ashley August, and Caroline Sinclair are featured in this documentary about their work. (male director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
The Wedding Year
Sarah Hyland costars in this romantic comedy about a couple whose relationship is tested as they attend multiple weddings over the course of a year. (male writer and director)
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