Strong Female Leads

Strong Female Leads

Transporting audiences from the streets of London to the slums of Nicaragua and the deserted hills of remote Indonesian, the films of this collection take an expansive view of womanhood. Papicha follows Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri), an Algerian fashion design student resisting the social conservatism of Algeria in the 1990s. Sailing aboard a long-haul cargo ship with an almost exclusively male crew, mechanic and sailor Alice (Lucie Borleteau) works fearlessly to come to terms with her own identity and conflicting desire in Fidelio. Featuring additional lead performances from Michelle Williams, Asia Argento, Salma Hayek and Charlotte Rampling, the collection sidesteps the clichés of generic female empowerment to embrace the diversity and complexity of female-led films from across the world.

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Strong Female Leads
  • Razzia

    Directed by Nabil Ayouch • Drama • With Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter, Amine Ennaji • 2017 • 119 minutes

    In this searing and mesmerizing drama, five Moroccans from different social and religious strata are pushed to the fringe by their extremist government. Spanning three decades and several ...

  • Papicha

    Directed by Mounia Meddour • Drama • With Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda • 2019 • 108 minutes

    Set in Algeria in the 1990's, Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri, The French Dispatch), is an 18 year-old student passionate about fashion design who refuses to let the tragic events of the Alge...

  • No Light and No Land Anywhere

    Directed by Amber Sealy • Drama • With Gemma Brockis, Jennifer LaFleur, Kent Osborne, David Sullivan • 2018 • 75 minutes

    Grieving her mother’s death and her own failing marriage, Lexi boards a plane from London to Los Angeles in search of the estranged father who abandoned her when she was three...

  • Wendy and Lucy

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • Drama • With Michelle Williams, Walter Dalton, Will Oldham, John Robinson, Larry Fessenden, Will Patton • 2008 • 80 minutes

    Proving why she is one of the most highly-regarded auteurs of current cinema, Kelly Reichardt's (OLD JOY) subtle storytelling technique uses a...

  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Movie + 3 extras

    Directed by Mouly Surya • Drama • With Marsha Timothy • 2017 • 93 minutes

    In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina (Marsha Timothy), a young widow, is attacked and robbed of all her livestock by a gang of seven bandits. She then defends herself, setting out on a journey to find jus...

  • La Yuma

    Directed by Florence Jaugey • Drama • With Alma Blanco • 2011 • 91 minutes

    Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond the meager possibilities th...

  • Midaq Alley

    Directed by Jorge Fons • Drama • With Salma Hayek, Margarita Sanz, Bruno Bichir • 1995 • 140 minutes

    Heated tempers, frustrated desires and dashed hopes plague a diverse group of individuals whose lives cross paths in Mexico City. There is the bar-owner's son, Chava (Juan Manuel Bernal), who yea...

  • I, Anna

    Directed by Barnaby Southcombe • Drama • With Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Eddie Marsan • 2016 • 93 minutes

    The lives of a beautiful divorcee and a troubled detective intersect during the investigation of a vicious murder on the grimy, rain-soaked streets of London, sparking a tangled web ...

  • Fidelio

    Directed by Lucie Borleteau • Drama • With Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie, Pascal Tagnati, Jean-Lous Coulloc'h • 2014 • 97 minutes

    Thirty-year-old Alice is a sailor about to embark on a journey she will not soon forget. Leaving her fiancé Félix ashore, she joins the crew of a...

  • The Assistant

    Directed by Christophe Ali & Nicolas Bonilauri • Drama • With Nathalie Baye, Malik Zidi, Jean-Stan Du Pac • 2018 • 87 minutes

    With his wife in labor, father-to-be Thomas (Malik Zidi) speeds to the hospital and, in the process, accidentally kills a young man on the road. The death sets into motio...

  • Bedevil

    Directed by Tracey Moffatt • Drama • 1993 • 90 minutes

    BEDEVIL is the stunning debut feature from Tracey Moffatt (NIGHT CRIES, NICE COLORED GIRLS) and the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman. Inspired by ghost stories she heard as a child from both her extended Aboriginal an...

  • Scarlet Diva

    Directed by Asia Argento • Drama • With Asia Argento • 2000 • 91 minutes

    In her stunning, semi-autobiographical directorial feature debut, Asia Argento plays Anna Battista, a rising young actress who, despite her popularity and success, experiences despair and degradation at the hands of an abus...

  • Conviction

    Directed by Antoine Raimbault • Drama • With Marina Foïs, Olivier Gourmet • 2019 • 110 minutes

    As a juror at Jacques Viguier’s trial, Nora (Marina Foïs) is convinced that he did not kill his wife. This intuition quickly becomes an obsession. She persuades Eric Dupond-Moretti (Olivier Gourmet), ...

  • Blind

    Directed by Eskil Vogt • Drama • With Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali • 2015 • 96 minutes

    Ingrid (Ellen Dorrit Pettersen) is a woman contending with the loss of vision. In trying to navigate a world without sight, she spends her days attempting to reconstruct the visual worl...