August can be the start of a slow-down period in movie release calendars. Of course, every time domestic releases slow in the U.S., it becomes a good period for international films to shine through. These slower periods are when studios look for international and genre films to catch on with audiences that may have had their fill of summer blockbusters. This week boasts movies from France, Greece, India, Mexico, and Taiwan, as well as the U.S.
Let’s get to new series by women first, where we find an adaptation of a 90s classic, and a visually arresting anime spin-off.
A League of Their Own (Amazon)
co-showrunner Abbi Jacobson
An adaptation of the 1992 film directed by Penny Marshall, “A League of Their Own” centers on the players in a women’s pro baseball team during World War 2.
Abbi Jacobson showruns with Will Graham, as well as starring. You’ll likely recognize Jacobson as the creator and co-star of “Broad City” (with Ilana Glazer). “A League of Their Own” has the blessing of original director Marshall and star Geena Davis, and seeks to expand the storytelling to tackle issues of race and sexuality in the league.
You can watch “A League of Their Own” on Amazon. All 8 hourlong episodes are available immediately.
Kakegurui Twin (Netflix)
directed by Makita Kaori
The new series shares its world with Netflix’s visually striking original anime “Kakegurui”. The prequel shows how certain characters made their name at the high school for high stakes gamblers.
Makita Kaori also directed “Twittering Birds Never Fly”. She started out as a design manager on “Terror in Resonance” and “Space Dandy”.
You can watch “Kakegurui Twin” on Netflix. All 6 half-hour episodes are available now.
directed by CJ Wang
A woman managing work, family, and caring for her mother with dementia doesn’t have the time to take care of herself. She looks at buying a larger house so that everyone can have their own space, but this opens up questions of money and splitting the family up.
Director CJ Wang won Taiwan’s Golden Harvest Award for short films in 2015 for “Rowboat”. This is her first feature.
You can watch “Reclaim” on Netflix.
CW for “Holy Emy”: disturbing images, even for horror
Holy Emy (MUBI)
directed by Araceli Lemos
In this Greek horror, a Filipina girl named Emy hides a condition she thinks is supernatural. She wonders if it has to do with her mother, who has healing powers but was forced to return to the Philippines.
The film scored 15 nominations at the Greek Academy Awards, winning for best director and supporting actress (Hasmine Killip). It’s the first narrative feature for writer-director Araceli Lemos, who got her start doing sound and later editing for documentaries.
You can watch “Holy Emy” on MUBI.
directed by Jasmeet K. Reen
This Indian film joins stars Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah in a dark comedy about Badru and her mother taking revenge on Badru’s violent husband.
Jasmeet K. Reen has written on a number of Hindi-language screenplays, and this is her first feature as director.
You can watch “Darlings” on Netflix.
Our Eternal Summer (MUBI)
directed by Emilie Aussel
In this French film, Lise immerses herself in a carefree summer at 18, while coping with the loss of her best friend.
This is the first feature from director and co-writer Emilie Aussel.
You can watch “Our Eternal Summer” on MUBI.
Don’t Blame Karma (Netflix)
directed by Elisa Miller
In this Mexican film, Sara wonders if bad luck is real when her sister and a former crush get engaged. (No English translation for this trailer, but the film on Netflix will have them available.)
Director Elisa Miller has twice been nominated for her short films at Mexico’s Ariel Awards (akin to the Oscars in the U.S.), including one win.
You can watch “Don’t Blame Karma” on Netflix.
Luck (Apple TV+)
directed by Peggy Holmes
Magical organizations that support good luck and bad luck compete against each other in this animated film.
Director Peggy Holmes started as a choreographer on films ranging from “Newsies” to “Wayne’s World” and “Hocus Pocus”.
You can watch “Luck” on Apple TV+.
13: The Musical (Netflix)
directed by Tamra Davis
Evan moves from New York City to rural Indiana after his parents’ divorce. His plan to establish himself at his new school is to throw the best Bar Mitzvah in history.
Tamra Davis has also directed on “Miracle Workers” and “Future Man”, among countless other series and films (such as “Half Baked”.) She got her start as a music video director in the 80s for Depeche Mode and The Smiths, continuing on to work with Faith No More, Sonic Youth, Indigo Girls, Bonnie Raitt, and Veruca Salt.
You can watch “13: The Musical” on Netflix.
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2 thoughts on “New Shows + Movies by Women — August 12, 2022”
Thank you. Several of these films are appealing and I will be looking for them.
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Thanks, I’m glad this can help you find new things to watch!