I’m proud to announce the first movie project here at Silver Moon, the 2017 Women’s Cinema Festival. 2017 was in many ways a critical year for women in cinema industry with all the allegations regarding sexual harassment, Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo took up all the spotlights for all the right seasons. I don’t intend to delve into those issues, however, we’re here for films and let it stay within what happened in front of the screen.
The basic rundown of this festival is: I will watch, review and rate all those films from the Official Selection, then give them awards at the end of the festival’s run. After weeks of checking and compiling the titles, debating over which films I should include, here are the 20 films that will complete in the 2017 Main Competition, plus 2 films that serve as Opening and Closing Films. You can check out the selection down below, sorted by their English titles, in alphabetical order:
|Opening||The Party||Sally Potter||UK|
|Closing||Jasper Jones||Rachel Perkins||AUS|
|1||Angels Wear White||Vivian Qu||CHN|
|2||The Beguiled||Sofia Coppola||USA|
|3||The Breadwinner||Nora Twomey||IRL|
|5||Faces Places||Agnès Varda||FRA|
|6||First They Killed My Father||Angelina Jolie||CAM|
|7||I am Not a Witch||Rungano Nyoni*||ZAM|
|8||Lady Bird||Greta Gerwig*||USA|
|9||Love Education||Sylvia Chang||TPE|
|12||On Body and Soul||Ildikó Enyed||HUN|
|13||Pop Aye||Kirsten Tan*||SIN|
|14||The Rider||Chloé Zhao||USA|
|15||The Seen and the Unseen||Kamila Andini||INA|
|16||Summer 1993||Carla Simón*||ESP|
|19||You Were Never Really Here||Lynne Ramsay||UK|
|Beau Travail||Claire Denis||1999|
|Let the Sunshine In||Claire Denis||2017|
With special mention to those titles, which just missed the final cut: Hikari (Naomi Kawase – I’ll watch it when I get to 2017 Cannes); Berlin Syndrome (Cate Shortland), Ava (Sadaf Foroughi), Plonger (Mélanie Laurent) and Spoor (Agnieszka Holland)
*: debut films
Small notes: the reason I decided to link the films to Letterboxd, and not imdb and the likes, is that you would gaze immediately to the average score (I know I would), and that’s the last thing I want you to do.
There are 5 first time directors that will compete in the Main Selection. I’m happy that the selection conveys wide range of genres from many different regions there, especially a special shout-out for South East Asia crops which have 3 films that are set there (First They Kill My Father, an USA-production but from Cambodia girl’s perspective, Pop Aye from Singapore set in Thailand and The Seen and Unseen from Indonesia). I’ve seen 4 films out of the Main Competition (The Beguiled, Detroit, On Body and Soul and Lady Bird, plus Jasper Jones in the Closing Film), which is to say barely nothing, so I’m excited to check out all those titles.
Personally, the films I’m looking forward the most are You Were Never Really Here and Zama, long-awaited projects from acclaimed directors. The latter, especially, had been on my radar since its first announcement back in probably 2012, 2013. It went quiet for a good few years, passed out many Cannes’s years which I naively assumed would appear there. Then last year, it finally appeared in Venice, not in the Main Competition but in a Special Screening slot (!) which basically baffled me to this day. Sometimes, life just doesn’t make a goddamn sense.
The 2017 Honorary Award – to celebrate a legendary women director who leaves/ left her distinctive voice the medium (or in Academy words” to honor exceptional career achievements, contributions to the motion picture industry and/or women’s cinema) – is proud to present to Claire Denis, a great French filmmaker (there will be an in-depth look at her works and styles in the program) and three of her films (her debut Chocolat, her masterpiece Beau Travail, and her most recent Let the Sunshine In) will be covered in this festival as well
Over this weekend, I’ll publish 2017 Women’s Cinema Festival Program, which will include the festival’s poster (it’ll be fun; but consider that I have zero skill regarding graphic design, be easy on me, folks), the festival’s theme song and the full schedule. Even if there were two of you who read this blog (I’m being generous), I’d love to hear what your thoughts on this line-up and if there’s any other films that you think I should include. See you then.