The best women directed films Of 2018 show a promising future for female filmmakers. The stories weaved by these exceptional directors have all paved way for more stories that profess arcs that are mostly left untouched. While some of these women managed to have great critical reception due to their festival runs, most of them went unnoticed. Here are 15 such films directed by women that need your instant attention:
Honorable Mention: What Will People Say (Iram Haq), Pendular (Julia Murat), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Marielle Heller), Skate Kitchen (Crystal Moselle) & Manto (Nandita Das).
15. Village Rockstars | Director: Rima Das
Writing, directing, editing, doing the camera work, costume design and most of the production assignments, Rima Das pretty much like her petite central heroin is a roaring one woman army. While occasionally pondering into the conventionality of the coming-of-age sub-genre, “Village Rockstars” mostly remains an earthling full of life, joy and a push towards the glorious feeling of believing in oneself and their little dreams.
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14. The Queen of Fear | Directors: Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia
“The Queen Of Fear” usually subverts the conventional pathos of a film about anxiety. While most films lead to borderline paranoia or hysteria, Valeria Bertuccelli & Fabiana Tiscornia’s film deals with it as something that just detaches you from the everyday ongoings, perturbing you with a fearful haze that sometimes has no reason to exist.
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13. Touch Me Not | Director: Adina Pintilie
For all its superficial and scattershot narrative layers, “Touch Me Not” offers an intriguing discourse on how the society and its moral norms adversely affect the relationship humans have with their own bodies. Adina Pintilie’s compassionate gaze remains intact throughout the narrative, providing this protracted psycho-sexual journey an earnest vibe.
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12. Keep the Change | Director: Rachel Israel
The characters feel despicable and unlikable at first and the director never seems to use their disability to evoke an emotionally resonant narrative. However, after a point of time, the characters seem more and more sincere once you start spending time with them. Rachel Israel manages to keep “Keep the Change” an entirely charming and melancholic love story that treats these special characters with the same scale that you measure normal people with. Also, that ending is a touch of perfection.
11. Too Late to Die Young | Director: Dominga Sotomayor Castillo
Leisurely paced and beautifully filmed, Dominga Sotomayor Castillo’s “Too Late to Die Young” investigates life at it’s most raw. Looking into the edges of a marginalized society, the film which won Dominga the best director award at Locarno Film Festival is a coming of age drama about a girl and her frustration with a faux utopia that the elders are building around her. Dominga’s approach towards the subgenre is both fiercely poetic and understated which makes this an effort worth seeking out.
10. Nancy | Director: Christina Choe
Debutant Christina Choe takes inspiration from a real-life incident involving identity theft, reminiscent of The Imposter, and weaves a compelling and riveting story of a lonely woman trying to find an emotional connection that lacks at home. She creates a desirable persona in “Nancy”, putting her heart and soul into it to manipulate others taking advantage of their emotional vulnerability.
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9. The Good Girls | Director: Alejandra Márquez Abella
Powered by a fantastic lead performance by Ilse Salas, Alejandra Márquez Abella’s “The Good Girls” takes us into the world of the trophy wives. Shot with effective precision and set in the time of economic crises of 82, the film scales the downward trajectory of a rich woman’s ultimate demise to cumbersome reality.
8. The Tale | Director: Jennifer Fox
Jennifer Fox’s autobiographical debut “The Tale” is disturbing but essential to really understand abuse. It also drives an insane kind of energy towards how powerful and impactful this confessional storytelling really is. The film puts the victim in a psychological headspace and investigates trauma that has settled so deeply into one’s mind that it almost doesn’t show and tell.