Months ago, I was listening to the radio and a deejay (a man) was talking about films he may would have liked to watch, stating he was uncertain about “I, Tonya” because it was obviously a film for women since it’s a biopic of a woman with, obviously, a female protagonist. That upset me but it didn’t surprise. The deejay is sixty years old, let’s hope younger generations are less sexist and insecure about their masculinity and choose a film based on the plot and the quality of the actors and the directors and not their sex.
But why am I telling you this, considering that the title of the post is about upcoming films? Because when I started to write it I was thinking about films to watch next fall and winter, then I realized they’re all about women, played by women!
So, I hope some of these titles will end up in your list of films to watch.
“A STAR IS BORN”. Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut and Lady Gaga has her first leading role in a film which is the third remake of the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March and directed by William A. Wellman. Cooper produced, directed the film and also co-wrote the screenplay. “A STAR IS BORN” recently premiered at Venice International Film Festival where it received positive reviews and Gaga wore an OTT feathered Valentino Haute Couture gown.
“COLETTE”. Keira Knightley plays the famous French writer Gabrielle Sidonie Colette in the biopic directed by Wash Westmoreland. At the beginning of her career, when it was still unusual for a woman to be a writer, Colette wrote novels allowing his husband Henry Gauthier-Villars, better known as Willy, to get the credit for them. But the lack of recognition obviously didn’t make Colette happy.
“A SIMPLE FAVOR”. Based on the novel of the same name written by Darcey Bell, this film, directed by Paul Feig, is a thriller starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. The two women are friends and one of them will ask the other a favor that will spark a series of events and plot twists that will (hopefully) make you wonder who’s the good and who’s the bad. Let’s be honest. Who’s been a bit distracted by the clothes, the shoes and the house of Emily/Blake Lively? I have🙋🏻♀️
“LIZZIE”. Chloë Sevigny and Kristin Stewart are the protagonists of this thriller based on a true story and directed by Craig William Macneill. Sevigny plays Lizzie Borden, a woman who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. At that time, the event and the trial caused a sensation and the newspapers around the world wrote about the brutal murders and the prime suspect. Ok, let me say that Chloë Sevigny dressed in Victorian clothes is sooo stylish. The house of Lizzie Borden, in Fall River, Massachusetts, is a museum and a bed&breakfast and it’s considered a place to visit if you are over there.
“WIDOWS”. Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn (who wrote “Gone Girl”) teamed up to make this thriller (yes, another one) based on a 1983 TV series. Four widows, played by Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo join forces after their husbands, involved in criminal activities, died leaving debts to all of them. The cast also includes Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas.
“MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS”. Starring Saoirse Ronan in the role of Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie in the role of Queen Elizabeth I, this historical drama is about the rivalry between the two queens, who were also cousins. Catholics considered Mary the legitimate heiress of England’s thrown and this made Elizabeth consider her cousin a threat. Historicals affirm the two women never met, while the film shows one encounter between them. Historical films are rarely accurate, the costumes, the make-up and the hair are rarely philological because a film is not a documentary and it must be entertaining. So, if you’re going to watch this film, directed by Josie Rourke, enjoy but don’t take it a lesson in history 😉
Living in Italy, I often have to wait months before the American/English release of films so I don’t know when I’ll get to see these ones, but I’d love to see them all. Are you interested in any of them? Let me know in the comments.