According to Variety, “women accounted for 8% of directors working for the top 250 films in 2018”, which makes supporting women who work behind-the-scenes, in addition to the women on the big screen, all the more important.
Wonder Woman – Directed by Patty Jenkins
Our list wouldn’t be complete without the serious butt-kicking, girl power of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. This origins story of this iconic female Shero is set in WW1 and features some adrenaline-raising fight scenes, powerful Amazonian women and the not-to-be missed Robin Wright Penn as her strong-willed warrior aunt and mentor. Plus, there’s a super woke Chris Pine, so it’s a win/win for all of us.
RBG – Directed by Julie Cohen & Betsy West
An exceptional documentary about an exceptional woman, RBG details the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her triumphant journey to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. An embodiment of her character and personality, this documentary shows how she changed the way the world is for women in America.
“All I ask of our brethren, is that they take their feet off our necks.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
After Everything – Directed by Hannah Marks & Joey Power
A surprisingly raw and poignant romantic comedy, After Everything is a story about the adaptation of love in young couple’s relationship as they come to terms with a serious illness. An official selection of the SXSW festival, After Everything is an indie darling that balances a magnificent love story with humor and depth.
What They Had – Directed by Elizabeth Chomko
Hillary Swank, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster shine in this moving film about the family dynamics that hold us together, and how strengths and weaknesses within that family come to light in the face of crisis and illness. A touching exploration of love, romantic and otherwise, brings an element of intensity and wit that is relatable and tender.
The Tale – Directed by Jennifer Fox
A thought-provoking and captivating drama, Laura Dern plays a woman who is coping with the loss of memory of parts of her childhood that are intertwined with a life-altering experience of sexual assault.
Variety called The Tale, “A landmark advance in the field of cinematic memoir”, and Indiewire describes it as “an immense, brave & genuinely earth-shaking self-portrait."
See highlights above from Variety's Power of Women Conference 2019 in New York City. There's some really inspiring quotes to get you going today!