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Women Make Film

Mark Cousins' epic odyssey of women's cinema - plus a selection of remarkable films that feature throughout.

"Look back at movie history and you find loads of great films directed by women.  Yes, men ran the business and mostly gave jobs for the boys, but in many countries, especially in the former Soviet bloc, female filmmakers told stories that were epic, angry, enchanting, prophetic, political, beautiful, mythic or melancholic.  They did so with camera styles that craned like in a musical, or observed like a doc.  They rethought acting and editing, tackled all genres and periods. They put things on screen that we hadn’t seen before, in new guises.  They unveiled worlds.


To tie in with the release of Women Make Film, BFI Player presents some of these remarkable movies below.  They aren’t at the edges of film history.  They are its centres."

- Mark Cousins

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Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 2Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 2

Documentary2019179 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins' epic journey continues with focuses on movement, simplicity of style, the story of films about children, dreams, the power of the close-up.

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Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 1Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 1

Documentary2019179 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins' epic odyssey through female filmmaking represents one of the most ambitious and in-depth documentaries ever made.

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Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 3Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Part 3

Documentary2019178 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

Sex, religion and politics are among the themes in the third part of Mark Cousins' monumental documentary on women's cinema.

Women Make Film - a companion collection by Mark Cousins

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EvolutionEvolution

Drama201582 minsDirector: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

The long-awaited second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) is a gorgeously surreal coming-of-age tale laced with bizarre body-horror.

"Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s eerie, dazzling film about a boy in a world of women is a dream-movie, as distinctive as Eraserhead."

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The Watermelon WomanThe Watermelon Woman

Comedy199785 minsDirector: Cheryl Dunye

Cheryl Dunye's smart and funny romance - thought to be the first feature directed by a black lesbian - remains a breath of fresh air decades on.

"Cheryl Dunye plays Cheryl Dunye in this wry, playful mock-doc about an African American actor who was marginalised in early cinema – or was she? A landmark in queer cinema."

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Something DifferentSomething Different

Drama196381 minsDirector: Vera Chytilová

Věra Chytilová's first feature is an important work of women's cinema, which contrasts the parallel stories of a gymnast (filmed as documentary) and a housewife (told as fiction).

"Two women, a gymnast and a mother, their parallel lives intercut. Looping camerawork and innovation galore in one of Vera Chytilová’s greatest films. "

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XXYXXY

Drama200791 minsDirector: Lucía Puenzo

A sensitive exploration of the sexual awakening and confusion of one intersex teenager.

"Argentine director Lucia Puenzo’s engrossing, searching film for our times, about a 15 year old who is intersex."

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