There’s a lot this week, but before we dive in, I want to highlight that Celine Sciamma’s “Petite Maman” has arrived on Hulu. If you asked me the best filmmaker working today, the “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and “Girlhood” director is the first name that comes to mind. I try to feature films when they hit VOD and then hit their first subscription platform. A subtle fantasy about a girl helping her parents after the death of her grandmother, “Petite Maman” has already been on MUBI most of the year. I know that is a niche platform to many. It’s worth mentioning now that it’s on Hulu, which a lot more folks have.
Series this week come from South Africa, South Korea, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S. Films comes from Nigeria, the Philippines, Sweden, and the U.S.
Little Women (Netflix)
directed by Kim Hee Won
Loosely based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, three sisters who grew up in poverty find themselves involved in the disappearance of a fortune and embattled with the wealthiest family in South Korea.
Director Kim Hee Won has helmed a growing list of South Korea’s most lauded series, including “Vincenzo”, “The Crowned Clown”, and “Money Flower”.
You can watch “Little Women” on Netflix. Two episodes are out now. A new one arrives every Saturday and Sunday (two a week), for a total of 12.
Wedding Season (Hulu)
half-directed by Laura Scrivano
Not to be confused with last month’s Netflix film of the same title, Hulu series “Wedding Season” starts as a breezy wedding-themed romcom, only for the bride to find her husband’s entire family poisoned. The suspects include a cross-section of her romantic life, as well as herself. “Alita: Battle Angel” and “Undone” star Rosa Salazar is the lead.
“The Lazarus Project” director Laura Scrivano directs four of the series episodes.
You can watch “Wedding Season” on Hulu.
You’re Nothing Special (Netflix)
showrunner Estibaliz Burgaleta
In this Spanish comedy, a girl discovers witch-like powers after moving from the city to her mother’s small town. She may have inherited them from her grandmother.
Estibaliz Burgaleta is a prolific writer on Spanish comedy series.
You can watch “You’re Nothing Special” on Netflix. All 6 episodes are out.
Devil in Ohio (Netflix)
showrunner Daria Polatin
Emily Deschanel plays a psychiatrist who brings a cult escapee into her own family, triggering calamitous events.
Daria Polatin showruns and writes on the series based on her own novel.
You can watch “Devil in Ohio” on Netflix.
directed by women
Two teens design a system to print fake IDs, but things spin out of control as they turn what was a small operation into an empire.
Jasmin Mozaffari and Joyce Wong direct four episodes apiece, while Emmy-nominated Mars Horodyski directs two.
You can watch “Fakes” on Netflix. All 10 episodes are out.
Recipes for Love and Murder (Acorn TV)
showrunner Karen Jeynes
In this South African crime comedy, an advice columnist uses her cooking skills to investigate murders when one of her correspondents is killed.
Karen Jeynes showruns and writes the series adapted from Sally Andrew’s novels, as well as directing four episodes.
You can watch “Recipes for Love and Murder” on Acorn TV. Two episodes are out, with another two arriving every Monday for a total of 10.
Tell Me Lies (Hulu)
showrunner Meaghan Oppenheimer
“Tell Me Lies” tracks the evolution of a toxic relationship that starts in college, impacting not just the two lovers but the lives of everyone around them.
Meaghan Oppenheimer showruns. She’s also written on “Fear the Walking Dead”.
You can watch “Tell Me Lies” on Hulu. The first three episodes are out, with another landing every Wednesday for a total of 10.
Love at First Stream (Netflix)
directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina
A streamer and three friends navigate online connections in order to cope with their offline realities.
Director Cathy Garcia-Molina might be the Philippines’ biggest director, having directed the two highest grossing Philippine films ever made.
You can watch “Love at First Stream” on Netflix.
End of the Road (Netflix)
directed by Millicent Shelton
Queen Latifah and Ludacris star in a cross-country action movie where she has to keep her family alive as they’re stalked by a highway killer.
“Black-ish” and “Locke & Key” director Millicent Shelton directs.
You can watch “End of the Road” on Netflix.
Collision Course (Netflix)
directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters
A musician and police officer race against time as they evade corrupt law enforcement in this Nigerian action movie.
This is Bolanle Austen-Peters second film, and won Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor at the African Movie Academy Awards.
You can watch “Collision Course” on Netflix.
directed by Tuva Novotny
In this Swedish film, a couple’s romance, marriage, and slow fragmentation are considered from a scientific perspective…of a sort. Can’t find an English trailer I can post here for it, but Netflix has options on the film itself.
Writer-director Tuva Novotny is an actress who made the jump to director on “Lilyhammer”.
You can watch “Diorama” on Netflix.
directed by Debra Neil-Fisher
A couple detox from all things digital in a remote town, but things quickly devolve into chaos.
This is the first film Debra Neil-Fisher directs, but you’ve almost surely seen her work before. A sought-after comedy editor, she edited the first two “Austin Powers” movies, all three “The Hangover” films, the 2020 “Sonic the Hedgehog”, and “Coming 2 America”.
Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.
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