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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Film Discoveries of 2015 - Marya E. Gates

Marya E. Gates runs, and can be found on Tumblr,Twitter, YouTube, Mubi and iCheckMovies. Her first movie in theatres was Willow in 1988 and she’s been obsessed ever since.

I spent 2015 only watching films directed by women (save for Noirvember, where all the films I watched had female writers), so this list is all films by female filmmakers. You can check out my entire project here: 

I discovered soooo many great films during this year it was really hard to whittle it down to just five, but these films really stuck with me (in order that I watched them):

Mansfield Park (1999; Patricia Rozema) 
The queer spin on Jane Austen I never knew I needed. 

Wanda (1970; Barbara Loden)
One of the most astounding films I’ve ever seen. I watched it twice this year and each time I felt the loss of Barbara Loden even deeper. What an artist. 
My first foray into Wertmuller. She’s definitely got a strong point of view.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975; Chantal Akerman) 
I love Chantal Akerman so much! She will be greatly missed. I’m glad I finally saw her masterpiece. 
Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston; 1990)
So much hope and sadness all wrapped into one amazingly fabulous package.

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