This is an exciting week if you like to see what women in other countries are creating on film. Ten entries come from eight different countries. There are new series from Canada and Taiwan, and new movies from Belgium, Germany, Italy, South Africa, the U.K., and the U.S.
Let’s get straight in this week since there’s so much to cover:
Mom, Don’t Do That! (Netflix)
showrunner Chen Wei-ling
Having lost her husband, a 60-year old woman starts dating again. Her misadventures meet disapproval from her two daughters, who aren’t exactly having success in their own love lives. The Taiwanese series is based on the novel by Chen Ming-min.
Showrunner Chen Wei-ling has won three Golden Bell Awards, each for a different series. This is Taiwan’s TV award, equivalent to the Emmy Awards in the U.S.
You can watch “Mom, Don’t Do That” on Netflix. All 11 episodes are available immediately.
showrunner Julie Puckrin
“Skymed” is a Canadian medical drama about the pilots and medics who fly out to rescues – and of course, their love lives.
Showrunner Julie Puckrin previously wrote and produced on “Killjoys” and “Transplant”.
You can watch “Skymed” on Paramount+. All 9 episodes are available immediately.
directed by Carrie Cracknell
Dakota Johnson stars in a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”. She plays Anne Elliot, who meets a man eight years after she was persuaded not to marry him because of his station. There’s already a bit of controversy over its anachronisms and whether they’ve changed the protagonist too much to feel like other, more extroverted Austen leads.
Director Carrie Cracknell is a well known director in British theater. Her last play, “Sea Wall/ A Life” was nominated for four Tony Awards. This is her first film.
You can watch “Persuasion” on Netflix.
Don’t Make Me Go (Amazon)
directed by Hannah Marks
John Cho plays a single father who learns he has a fatal brain tumor. He takes his daughter on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her.
Director Hannah Marks is a unique voice who’s launched intriguing indie films such as “After Everything” and “Mark, Mary & Some Other People”.
Writer Vera Herbert has also written on “This is Us” and “Awkward.”
You can watch “Don’t Make Me Go” on Amazon Prime.
directed by Laura Wandel
In an exploration of the social politics in children’s lives, Nora sees Abel being bullied at school but is sworn to secrecy by her older brother.
The Belgian film is written and directed by Laura Wandel, and won Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021.
You can watch “Playground” on MUBI.
She Will (VOD)
directed by Charlotte Colbert
Alice Krige plays Veronica, who goes to a Scottish retreat with her nurse after a double mastectomy. She begins playing out revenge against past traumas in her dreams.
This is the first film from co-writer and director Charlotte Colbert.
Good Madam (Shudder)
directed by Jenna Cato Bass
Tsidi has to move in with her mother, a live-in domestic worker for a catatonic white ‘Madam’ in the wealthy Cape Town suburbs. As she adjusts to the new situation, the ‘Madam’ begins to stir in unexpected ways.
Co-writer and director Jenna Cato Bass has an eclectic background: trained magician, short fiction writer, magazine founder, and filmmaker. She’s worked with nonexistent budgets and shot films on phones, but in 2019 entered larger budget filmmaking with the all-women ‘South African kitsch-western’ “Flatland”.
You can watch “Good Madam” on Shudder.
directed by Kelsey Egan
Generations of one family live confined in their house due to a memory-erasing toxin that covers the Earth. One day, a stranger arrives with a piece of their past and ill intentions.
The South African film is directed by Kelsey Egan in her feature debut.
See where you can rent “Glasshouse”.
For these last two, I can’t find trailers with English translations that I can embed. This sometimes happens (especially with Netflix). You can get the gist of things from each trailer, and each has English options for viewing the full film.
Under the Amalfi Sun (Netflix)
directed by Martina Pastori
A sequel to the Italian teen romance comedy “Under the Riccione Sun”, “Under the Amalfi Sun” follows Vincenzo and his girlfriend on a trip to the famed Amalfi Coast. His overprotective mother soon follows, always too cautious about sheltering her blind son.
Director Martina Pastori switches from helming music videos in her feature debut.
You can watch “Under the Amalfi Sun” on Netflix.
For Jojo (Netflix)
directed by Barbara Ott
When Jojo gets engaged and starts drawing away from her, Paula does everything she can to stop the marriage.
The German film is directed by Barbara Ott and written by Stefanie Ren.
You can watch “For Jojo” on Netflix.
Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.
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