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06 June 2021

Girls on Film

What are festival insiders, tastemakers and creatives most looking forward to during IFFR 2021? What renowned and upcoming female filmmakers should we pay extra attention to? We asked the team behind the Girls on Film podcast for recommendations.

In her fresh and cheerful podcast Girls on Film, British film critic Anna Smith (e.g. for The Guardian, BBC News, Time Out London) provides us with a female perspective on the film world. With a group of female colleagues, she not only runs through the latest releases using the Bechdel Test, she also speaks to film stars about the position of women in various branches of the industry.

Past two festival editions, we did a Girls on Film x IFFR panel; this time they’re back to share their highlights from the festival line-up!

Poly Styrene, Celeste Bell, Paul Sng
The idiosyncratic Poly Styrene was a phenomenal punk icon, but was she also a good mother? Complex portrait, made by her daughter.

“We loved this energetic punk rock doc on Girls on Film and interviewed the director, Celeste, for the podcast. Her mother was a fascinating and ground-breaking woman - this doc pays tribute to her in an entertaining and enlightening way.”

Quo Vadis, Aida?, Jasmila Žbanić
Bosnian UN interpreter Aida is trapped between factions in this moving, urgent drama about the genocide in Srebrenica in 1995.

“A stunning, powerful film with a gripping intensity. We also loved the fact that this revolves around a really complex female character.”

María Luisa Bemberg: El eco de mi voz, Alejandro Maci
A lively and timely portrait of María Luisa Bemberg, one of Argentina’s most outstanding, unique and independent-minded masters of cinema.

“We’re excited to learn more about the visionary Argentinian filmmaker and feminist activist in this portrait of her life. It will be a great accompaniment to viewing her entertaining drama Camila elsewhere in the festival!”

Fan Girl, Antoinette Jadaone
What happens when a teenage fan meets the actor-object of her desire? A dazzling mix of meta-movie, fairy-tale and coming-of-age story.

Fan Girl promises to be a fascinating take on female fan culture and the hormone storm of girlhood from Filipino director Antoinette Jadaone. The kind of thinking-woman’s pop cinema we love at Girls on Film.”

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