FEMALE FRAME:

BREAKING THE CELLULOID CEILING

Starting on March 8th (International Women’s Day) we explore the representation of women in film with an inspiring selection of more than twenty films by female directors and about female characters. Over a period of nearly three months we will celebrate a far too often overlooked archive of highly influential cinema.

On International Women’s day the world focuses on gender inequality. The film industry faces gender inequalities ubiquitously as well; the celluloid ceiling still largely determines women’s positions in the industry. Both female directors and leading actresses are structurally underrepresented. A pervasive excuse is the supposed lack of talented female directors. With Female Frame: Breaking The Celluloid Ceiling we are proving the sceptics wrong. From the 8th of March on we will screen a varied selection of iconic directors such as Agnes Varda (Vagabond), Jane Campion (The Piano) and Lucrecia Martel (La Ciénaga), but also more recently renowned filmmakers such as Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank), Dee Rees (Pariah) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird). This selection connects decades of film, across nation states and sheds a long overdue light on an archive that is overlooked too often. The three months following International Women’s Day the main focus will be female representation from a female perspective: films about women by women.

Screenings featuring an introduction will have a small surcharge (€2,50). Please see below for information about our guest speakers.

All films will feature English subtitles unless stated otherwise.

March 14th with introduction by Elena Sarno, filmmaker and Film Studies PhD candidate at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.

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April 6th with introduction by Elise van Dam, film journalist for Cine.nl.

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May 16th with introduction by literary scholar and professor Gender Studies (UvA) Maaike Meijer.

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April 28th with introduction by Bram Kleiweg (Singel Uitgeverijen) about Jane Campion, the New Zealand fronteer, and repression.

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May 13th with introduction by Dorien van Linge, essayist and writer for de Volkskrant, currently working on a book: Feminst Fataal (published by Das Mag).

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March 8th with introduction by Fernando González Rodriguez, lecturer and researcher for ARTES and UvA specialized in Latin American cinema.

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March 17th with introduction by film connoisseur Renske Diks.

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May 6th with poetic introduction by (spoken word) artist and organizer of multidisciplinary art party POTPOURRI, Babeth Fonchi Fotchind.

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