Weekly Update for December 23 and January 1: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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Joy – Story by Annie Mumolo 

“Joy” is the story of a family across four generations and the woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. (Press materials)

45 Years

There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s (Charlotte Rampling) 45th wedding anniversary, and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband (Tom Courtenay). The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate. (Press materials)

Other People’s Children – Directed by Liz Hinlein; Written by Adrienne Harris (Opens December 25)

A filmmaker (Diane Marshall-Green), reeling from the death of her famous father, falls down the rabbit hole of a charismatic homeless man (Chad Michael Murray) who becomes the subject of her latest documentary and her new love interest. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sisters – Written by Paula Pell 
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun
Anguish
The Girl in the Book – Written and Directed by Marya Cohn
Chi-Raq
The Letters
A Royal Night Out
Janis: Little Girl Blue (Documentary) – Directed by Amy Berg 
The Danish Girl – Written by Lucinda Coxon 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Carol – Written by Phyllis Nagy
Mustang – Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven; Written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour
Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words (Documentary) – Co-Written by Dominika Daubenbüchel
Brooklyn
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (Documentary) – Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland; Co-Written by Lisa Immordino Vreeland and Bernadine Colish
Our Brand is Crisis
The Wonders/Le Meraviglie – Written and Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Flowers/Loreak
Suffragette – Directed by Sarah Gavron; Written by Abi Morgan
Truth
Big Stone Gap – Written and Directed by Adriana Trigiani
Sicario
Breathe – Written and Directed by Mélanie Laurent
Grandma

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

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Films Directed by Women Opening Next Week

Yosemite – Written and Directed by Gabrielle Demeestere (Opens January 1 in New York)

It’s the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three fifth-grade friends, Chris (Everett Meckler), Joe (Alec Mansky) and Ted (Calum John), unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Dreams Rewired (Documentary) – Co-Directed and Co-Written by Manu Luksch 
Censored Voices (Documentary) – Directed by Mor Loushy 
The 33 – Directed by Patricia Riggen
Love the Coopers – Directed by Jessie Nelson
Heart of a Dog (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Laurie Anderson
The Intern – Written and Directed by Nancy Meyers

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

Concussion – Co-Written by Jeanne Marie Laskas (Opens December 25)

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. (Press materials)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Don Verdean – Co-Written by Jerusha Hess
The Good Dinosaur – Written by Meg LeFauve
Room – Written by Emma Donoghue
Labyrinth of Lies/Im Labyrinth des Schweigens – Co-Written by Elisabeth Bartel

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week 

Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – Co-Written by Carrie Lee Wilson and Lona Williams – DVD (January 5)
Watch Phoenix Rise – DVD (January 5)