11 Women-directed Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2018

EUPHORIA Writer & Dir. Lisa Langseth

The trailer sold me on this one. Also: the casting of Eva Green and Alicia Vikander as estranged sisters. Going by the trailer’s vague scenes, the film seems to be about a family trying to reconcile in a mysterious/luxurious sanatorium/health spa/spiritual retreat.  In theaters: February 2


THE PARTY  Writer & Dir. Sally Potter

A dinner party goes awry with an amazing ensemble cast that includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, and Patricia Clarkson. If the movie had just one of those actresses, I’d pay attention. In theaters: February 16

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A WRINKLE IN TIME  Dir. Ava DuVernay Writer: Jennifer Lee, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle

Is there anyone who is not looking forward to this movie? The source material alone is enough to bring me to the table—I read the Wrinkle in Time books multiple times when I was a kid. Add to this Ava DuVernay directing (Selma) and starring Oprah, Reese and Mindy—I’m in! In theaters: March 9


TULLY Writer: Diablo Cody

Okay, so this one isn’t technically directed by a woman. But it’s written by Diablo Cody, a screenwriter whose sensibility is distinctive enough to brand the film as hers. Billed as “a comedy about motherhood” Tully examines the bond between a mother of four (Charlize Theron) and her night nanny (Mackenzie Davis). It’s directed by Jason Reitman, who also directed the Cody-penned films Juno and Young Adult. In theaters: April 20



CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?  Dir. Marielle Heller Writer: Nicole Holofcenter

I was immediately drawn to this movie because of the director-writer combination of Marielle Heller and Nicole Holofcenter. I’ve been following Nicole Holofcenter’s films since her first feature, Walking and Talking. Her screenplays are character-driven, chatty, funny, and wise. I’m not as familiar with Heller’s work, but I loved her debut, Diary of a Teenage Girl. I probably would have seen this movie no matter what, so it’s a bonus that the subject matter is just as intriguing. Based on the memoirs of Lee Israel, the film tells the story of an out-of-work celebrity biographer who turns to literary forgery to make extra cash. Starring Melissa McCarthy as Israel and Richard E. Grant as Jack, her loyal friend and partner in crime. In theaters: October 19


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MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS  Dir. Josie Rourke 

Saoirse Ronan stars in this movie and that’s enough for me. I couldn’t take my eyes off of Ronan in Atonement and I pretty much cried my way through Brooklyn, which wouldn’t have had the same emotional pull without her at its center. Then last year, in Ladybird, I fell in love with her all over again, and there she had a script that let her show off her natural wit. Naturally, I’m eager to see what she can do with a traditional costume drama. In theaters: November 2


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PARTY OF THE CENTURY  Writers and Co-Dirs. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

This film has three things that I am a sucker for: a romantic plot, literary themes/characters, and midcentury NYC. It’s a love story between an elevator operator and a Hollywood starlet who both receive invitations to Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball, which occurred in November of 1966. I’m excited, obviously, for what will no doubt be an epic party scene.  In theaters: TBD, but I’m guessing November


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THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS Writer & Dir. Nicole Holofcenter

Holofcenter’s newest film, adapted from Ted Thompson’s novel of the same title, is a mid-life crisis story of a mild-mannered retiree, Anders Hill, who decides to throw off a lifetime of steady habits, leaving his wife and living on his own for the first time in decades. The male midlife crisis is a well-worn movie plot, but if anyone can breathe new life into it, it’s Holofcenter. (Also, if Amazon’s synopsis is to be believed, this novel has a Christmas element, so this might be a holiday movie, a genre I have a soft spot for.) Starring Ben Mendelsohn as Anders Hill. In theaters: TBD



ON THE BASIS OF SEX  Dir. Mimi Leder

My favorite sign from the 2017 women’s march was “Don’t Die Ruth!” And my favorite SNL impersonation is Kate McKinnon’s “Gins-burns” on Weekend Update. So I’m definitely going to be first in line for this biopic about Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Starring Felicity Jones as RBG. In theaters: TBD



HIGH LIFE Dir. Claire Denis Writers: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Nick Laird, & Zadie Smith

This sci-fi movie is French director Claire Denis’s English-language feature film debut. It revolves around a group of prisoners who have been sent into deep space as a way to shorten their sentences. Apparently, Denis has been trying to make this movie since 2002 and wrote the screenplay with Philip Seymour Hoffman in mind. After Hoffman’s death in 2014, Robert Pattison signed on for the lead. I’m intrigued by the premise and also by the fact that Zadie Smith helped write the screenplay. In theaters: TBD



MY ZOE Writer & Dir. Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy’s newest film is about a woman recovering from a bad marriage and raising her daughter Zoe with her ex-husband. Delpy says it’s her best writing yet, but unfortunately, she lost a key piece of funding for the film November of last year, right before she was about to start shooting. The departing investor told her he was backing out because “Women directors are emotional, women directors are unreliable.” Seems like he was the unreliable one! Also, what was he thinking? Did he not see her 2 Days movies? Delpy is working hard to make up for the lost monies, and is hoping to begin shooting soon. I’m looking forward to it whenever it comes out. In theaters: TBD



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