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Women Directors 2018: Theatrical

155 TOTAL | 98 FEATURES | 48 DOCUMENTARIES | 1 ANIMATION | 2 ANTHOLOGY | 6 RE-RELEASE
6 WIDE RELEASE | 47 DEBUT FEATURES | 26 DEBUT DOCUMENTARIES



A.I. Tales
IN/FINITE | Kristen Hilkert
Anthology | Released July 13 | Hewes Pictures



The Accidental Detective 2: In Action | Lee Eon-hie
Feature | In Korean | Written by Jung Han-jin
Released June 22 | CJ Entertainment



All I Wish | Susan Walter
Debut Feature | Written by Susan Walter
Released March 30 | Paladin



Altered Perception | Kate Reed Davies
Debut Feature | Written by Travis Romero
Story by Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Jon Huertas, and Travis Romero
Released May 4 | Cinedigm



Angels on Tap | Trudy Sargent
Debut Feature | Written by Burt Prelutsky
Released July 13 | Indie Rights | Streaming on Amazon Prime



Angels Wear White | Vivian Qu
Feature | In Mandarin | Written by Vivan Qu
Released May 4 | KimStim | Streaming on Amazon Prime



The Atomic Café | 1982 | Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, and Pierce Rafferty
Re-Release (Documentary) | Released August 1 | Kino Lorber



Ava | Sadaf Foroughi
Debut Feature | In Persian | Written by Sadaf Foroughi
Released April 27 | Grasshopper Film



Beauty and the Dogs | Kaouther Ben Hania
Feature | In Arabic | Written by Kaouther Ben Hania
Released March 23 | Oscilloscope Laboratories



Becks | Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell
Debut Feature | Written by Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, Rebecca Drysdale, and Daniel Powell
Released February 9 | Blue Fox Entertainment



Becoming Who I Was | Jin Jeon and Chang-Yong Moon
Debut Documentary | In Hindi, Ladakhi, and Tibetan | Released May 4 | Cargo Film & Releasing



Blame | Quinn Shephard
Debut Feature | Written by Quinn Shephard
Story by Laurie Shephard and Quinn Shephard
Released January 5 | Samuel Goldwyn Films | Streaming on Amazon Prime



Blockers | Kay Cannon
Debut Feature | Written by Brian Kehoe and Jim Kehoe
Released April 6 | Universal Pictures | Wide Release: 3,418 theaters



The Bookshop | Isabel Coixet
Feature | Written by Isabel Coixet
Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s 1978 novel
Released August 24 | Greenwich Entertainment



Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat | Sara Driver
Debut Documentary | Released May 11 | Magnolia Pictures



Boundaries | Shana Feste
Feature | Written by Shana Feste
Released June 22 | Sony Pictures Classics



The Boy Downstairs | Sophie Brooks
Debut Feature | Written by Sophie Brooks
Released February 16 | FilmRise



Chasing Great | Michelle Walshe and Justin Pemberton
Debut Documentary | Released March 2 | Abramorama Films



Chasing the Win | Laura Sheehy and Chris Ghelfi
Debut Documentary | Released August 31 | Indie Rights | Streaming on Amazon Prime



Church & State | Holly Tuckett and Kendall Wilcox
Debut Documentary | Released August 10 | Blue Fox Entertainment



Cielo | Alison McAlpine
Debut Documentary | Released August 17 | Juno Films



Constructing Albert | Laura Collado and Jim Loomis
Debut Documentary | Released July 6 | Juno Films



Dark Money | Kimberly Reed
Documentary | Released July 13 | PBS



Dark River | Clio Barnard
Feature | Written by Clio Barnard
Inspired by Rose Tremain’s 2010 novel Trespass
Released June 29 | FilmRise



The Darkest Minds | Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Debut Feature (Live Action) | Written by Chad Hodge
Based on Alexandra Bracken’s 2012 novel
Released August 3 | Twentieth Century Fox | Wide Release: 3,127 theaters



Dear Dictator aka Coup d’Etat | Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse
Feature | Written by Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse
Released March 16 | Cinedigm



The Desert Bride | Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato
Debut Feature | In Spanish | Written by Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato, and Martin Salinas
Released May 4 | Strand Releasing



The Devil’s Doorway | Aislinn Clarke
Debut Feature | Written by Aislinn Clarke, Martin Brennan, and Michael B. Jackson
Released July 13 | IFC Midnight (IFC Films)



The Elephant and the Butterfly | Amélie van Elmbt
Feature | In French | Written by Amélie van Elmbt and Matthieu de Braconier
Released June 29 | Blue Fox Entertainment



Entre Nous | 1983 | Diane Kurys
Re-Release (Feature) | In French | Written by Diane Kurys and Alain Le Henry
Released August 10 | Rialto Pictures



Everything Else | Natalia Almada
Feature | In Spanish | Written by Natalia Almada
Released May 4 | Cinema Tropical



Far from the Tree | Rachel Dretzin
Debut Documentary | Released July 20 | Sundance Selects (IFC Films)



The Female Brain | Whitney Cummings
Debut Feature | Written by Whitney Cummings, Neal Brennan, and Louann Brizendine
Released February 9 | IFC Films | Streaming on Hulu



Forever My Girl | Bethany Ashton Wolf
Feature | Written by Bethany Ashton Wolf
Based on Heidi McLaughlin’s 2012 novel
Released January 19 | Roadside Attractions | Wide Release: 1,114 theaters



Foreign Body | Raja Amari
Feature | In Arabic and French | Written by Raja Amari
Released March 16 | ArtMattan Productions



Freak Show | Trudie Styler
Debut Feature | Written by Beth Rigazio and Patrick J. Clifton
Based on James St. James’s 2007 novel
Released January 12 | IFC Films | Streaming on Hulu



Furlough | Laurie Collyer
Feature | Written by Barry Strugatz
Released March 16 | IFC Films



Generation Wealth | Lauren Greenfield
Documentary | Released July 20 | Amazon Studios



Girls vs. Gangsters | Chun-Chun Wong
Feature | In Mandarin | Written by Chun-Chun Wong, Skipper Cheng, Daryl Doo, and Silver Hau
Released March 9 | Well Go USA



Goldbuster | Sandra Kwan Yue Ng
Debut Feature | In Cantonese and Mandarin | Written by Muchun Cha, Yee-Hing Wong, and Yunhai Zhou
Released January 5 | Well Go USA



Good Manners | Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
Feature | In Brazilian Portuguese | Written by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
Released July 27 | Distrib Films US



The Gospel According to André | Kate Novack
Documentary | Released May 25 | Magnolia Pictures



Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami | Sophie Fiennes
Documentary | Released April 13 | Kino Lorber



Hal | Amy Scott
Debut Documentary | Released September 7 | Oscilloscope Laboratories



Half Magic | Heather Graham
Debut Feature | Written by Heather Graham
Released February 23 | Momentum Pictures | Streaming on Hulu



Half the Picture | Amy Adrion
Debut Documentary | Released June 8 | Gravitas Ventures



The Homeless Chorus Speaks | Susan Polis Schutz
Documentary | Released March 9 | Iron Zeal Films



Hot to Trot | Gail Freedman
Debut Documentary | Released August 24 | First Run Features



How Long Will I Love U? | Su Lun
Feature | In Mandarin | Written by Su Lun
Released May 25 | Well Go USA



I Am Not a Witch | Rungano Nyoni
Debut Feature | In Nyanja and English | Written by Rungano Nyoni
Released September 7 | Film Movement



I Feel Pretty | Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein
Debut Feature | Written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein
Released April 20 | STX Entertainment | Wide Release: 3,440 theaters



I Think We’re Alone Now | Reed Morano
Feature | Written by Mike Makowsky
Released September 14 | Momentum Pictures



In Between | Maysaloun Hamoud
Debut Feature | In Arabic and Hebrew | Written by Maysaloun Hamoud
Released January 5 | Film Movement



In the Land of Pomegranates | Hava Kohav Beller
Documentary | In Arabic and Hebrew | Released January 5 | First Run Features



Inventing Tomorrow | Laura Nix
Documentary | Released August 31 | Fishbowl Films



Itzhak | Alison Chernick
Documentary | Released March 9 | Greenwich Entertainment



Jewel’s Catch One | C. Fitz
Documentary | Released April 27 | Array Releasing | Streaming on Netflix



The Judge | Erika Cohn
Documentary | Released April 13 | Idle Wild Films



Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story | Kate McIntyre Clere and Mick McIntyre
Documentary | Released January 19 | Abramorama and Indievillage



Keep the Change | Rachel Israel
Debut Feature | Written by Rachel Israel
Based on her 2013 short film
Released March 16 | Kino Lorber



Kings | Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Feature | Written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Released April 27 | The Orchard



Kusama: Infinity | Heather Lenz
Debut Documentary | Released September 7 | Magnolia Pictures



Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story | Tiffany Bartok
Debut Documentary | Released July 20 | The Orchard



Last Curtain Call | Jennifer Tadlock
Feature | Written by Jon Hollis
Released August 24 | Indie Rights | Streaming on Amazon Prime



The Last Horsemen of New York | Mary Haverstick
Debut Documentary | Released May 11 | Haverstick Films



Leave No Trace | Debra Granik
Feature | Written by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
Based on Peter Rock’s 2009 novel My Abandonment
Released June 29 | Bleecker Street Media



Let the Corpses Tan | Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
Feature | In French | Written by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani
Based on Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid’s 1971 novel
Released August 31 | Kino Lorber



Let the Sunshine In | Claire Denis
Feature | In French | Written by Claire Denis and Christine Angot
Based on Roland Barthes’ 1977 narrative pastiche A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments
Released April 27 | Sundance Selects (IFC Films)



Little Pink House | Courtney Moorehead Balaker
Debut Feature | Written by Courtney Moorehead Balaker
Released April 20 | Dada Films



Lives Well Lived | Sky Bergman
Debut Documentary | Released April 20 | Shadow Distribution



Lost Child aka Tatterdemalion | Ramaa Mosley
Feature | Written by Ramaa Mosley and Tim Macy
Released September 14 | Breaking Glass Pictures



Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to Be Free | Corula Kablitz-Post
Debut Feature | In German, Italian, and Russian | Written by Corula Kablitz-Post and Susanne Hertel
Released April 20 | Cinema Libre Studio



Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story | Ashley Bell
Debut Documentary | Released April 27 | Abramorama Films



Love, Cecil | Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Documentary | Released June 29 | Zeitgeist Films



Madame | Amanda Sthers
Feature | In English, French, and Spanish | Written by Amanda Sthers and Matthew Robbins
Released March 23 | Blue Fox Entertainment



Madeline’s Madeline | Josephine Decker
Feature | Written by Josephine Decker and Donna di Novelli
Released August 10 | Oscilloscope Laboratories



Maineland | Miao Wang
Documentary | In English and Mandarin | Released March 16 | Cargo Films and Releasing



Maison du Bonheur | Sofia Bohdanowicz
Debut Documentary | In French | Released August 24 | Self-distributed



Manasuku Nachindi | Manjula Ghattamaneni
Debut Feature | In Telegu | Written by Manjula Ghattamaneni
Released February 16 | Indira Productions



Mantra: Sounds into Silence | Georgia Wyss and Wari Om
Debut Documentary | Released April 20 | Gathr



Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms | Mari Okada
Animation (Debut Feature) | In Japanese | Written by Mari Okada
Released July 20 | Eleven Arts Anime Studio



Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts | Mouly Surya
Feature | In Indonesian | Written by Mouly Surya, Rama Adi, and Garin Nugroho
Released June 22 | Icarus Films



Mary Shelley | Haifaa Al-Mansour
Feature | Written by Emma Jensen
Released May 25 | IFC Films



MDMA aka Cardinal X | Angie Wang
Feature | Written by Angie Wang
Released September 14 | Shout! Factory



Middleground | Alisa Khazanova
Debut Feature | Written by Alisa Khazanova and Michael Kupisk
Released June 8 | The Vladar Company



Milla | Valérie Massadian
Feature | In French | Written by Valérie Massadian
Released August 3 | Grasshopper Films



The Miseducation of Cameron Post | Desiree Akhavan
Feature | Written by Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele
Based on Emily M. Danforth’s 2012 novel
Released August 3 | FilmRise



Mountain | Jennifer Peedom
Documentary | Released May 11 | Greenwich Entertainment



My Art | Laurie Simmons
Debut Feature | Written by Laurie Simons
Released January 12 | Film Movement | Streaming on Amazon Prime



Nana | Serena Dykman
Debut Documentary | Released April 13 | First Run Features



Nancy | Christina Choe
Debut Feature | Written by Christina Choe
Released June 6 | Samuel Goldwyn Films



Nelly | Anne Émond
Feature | In French and English | Written by Anne Émond
Based on Nelly Arcan’s autobiographical novels
Released September 7 | Cinema Libre Studio



Never Goin’ Back | Augustine Frizzell
Debut Feature | Written by Augustine Frizzell
Released August 3 | A24



Never Steady, Never Still | Kathleen Hepburn
Debut Feature | Written by Kathleen Hepburn
Released June 22 | Level Films



Nico, 1988 | Susanna Nicchiarelli
Feature | Written by Susanna Nicchiarelli
Released August 3 | Magnolia Pictures



Night Comes On | Jordana Spiro
Debut Feature | Written by Jordana Spiro and Angelica Nwandu
Released August 3 | Samuel Goldwyn Films



No Light and No Land Anywhere | Amber Sealy
Feature | Written by Amber Sealy
Released March 16 | Factory 25



Oh Lucy! | Atsuko Hirayanagi
Debut Feature | Written by Atsuko Hirayanagi and Boris Frumin
Based on her 2014 short film
Released March 2 | Film Movement | Streaming on Hulu



One Sings, The Other Doesn’t | 1977 | Agnès Varda
Re-Release (Feature) | In French | Written by Agnès Varda
Released June 1 | Janus Films



The Other Side of Everything | Mila Turajlic
Documentary | In Serbian | Released July 13 | Icarus Films



Our Blood is Wine | Emily Railsback
Debut Documentary | In English and Georgian | Released March 9 | Music Box Films



Outside In | Lynn Shelton
Feature | Written by Lynn Shelton and Jay Duplass
Released March 30 | The Orchard | Streaming on Netflix



The Party | Sally Potter
Feature | Written by Sally Potter
Released February 16 | Roadside Attractions



Peppermint Soda | 1977 | Diane Kurys
Re-Release (Debut Feature) | In French | Written by Diane Kurys and Alain Le Henry
Released August 10 | Cohen Media Group



Pick of the Litter | Dana Nachman and Don Hardy Jr.
Documentary | Released August 31 | Sundance Selects (IFC Films)



Pin Cushion | Deborah Haywood
Debut Feature | Written by Deborah Haywood
Released July 20 | Cleopatra Entertainment



Project Eden | Ashlee Jensen and Terrance M. Young
Feature | Written by Ashlee Jensen and Terrance M. Young
Released January 5 | Alarm Pictures | Streaming on Hulu



Raazi | Meghna Gulzar
Feature | In Hindi | Written by Meghna Gulzar and Bhavani Iyer
Based on Harinder S. Sikka’s 2008 novel Calling Sehmat
Released May 11 | Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions | Streaming on Amazon Prime



Racing Colt | Heather Provost and Scott Damian
Debut Feature | Written by Scott Damian
Released June 22 | Indie Rights | Streaming on Amazon Prime



The Ranger | Jenn Wexler
Debut Feature | Written by Jenn Wexler and Giaco Furino
Released August 17 | Uncork’d Entertainment



Rangula Ratnam | Sree Ranjani
Debut Feature | In Telugu | Written by Sree Ranjani
Released January 12 | Annapurna Studios



RBG | Julie Cohen and Betsy West
Documentary (Debut for West) | Released May 4 | Magnolia Pictures



The Rest I Make Up | Michelle Memran
Debut Documentary | Released August 24 | Women Make Movies



Revenge | Coralie Fargeat
Debut Feature | In French and English | Written by Coralie Fargeat
Released May 11 | Neon



The Revival | Jennifer Gerber
Debut Feature | Written by Samuel Brett Williams
Based on his 2010 play
Released January 19 | Breaking Glass Pictures



The Rider | Chloé Zhao
Feature | Written by Chloé Zhao
Released April 13 | Sony Pictures Classics



The Rise of Eve | L. Burner
Debut Documentary | Released July 20 | Fire & Reign Ent.



Science Fair | Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster
Documentary | Released September 14 | National Geographic Documentary Films



Sharp Edges | 1986 | Sandra Luckow
Re-Release (Debut Documentary) | Released July 6 | Neon | Streaming on Hulu



Signature Move | Jennifer Reeder
Feature | Written by Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato
Released February 9 | Chicago Film Project and Newcity



Skate Kitchen | Crystal Moselle
Debut Feature | Written by Crystal Moselle, Jen Silverman, and Aslihan Unaldi
Released August 10 | Magnolia Pictures



Snapshots | Melanie Mayron
Feature | Written by Jan Miller Corran and Katherine Cortez
Story by Jan Miller Corran
Released July 27 | Gravitas Ventures



Social Animals | Theresa Bennett
Debut Feature | Written by Theresa Bennett
Released June 1 | Vertical Entertainment



Spiral | Laurie Fairrie
Documentary | Released June 22 | Cohen Media Group



The Spy Who Dumped Me | Susanna Fogel
Feature | Written by Susanna Fogel and David Iserson
Released August 3 | Lionsgate | Wide Release: 3,111 theaters



The Strange Ones | Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff
Debut Feature | Written by Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff
Based on their 2011 short film
Released January 5 | Vertical Entertainment and DirecTV | Streaming on Hulu



Summer of ’67 | Sharon Wilharm
Feature | Written by Sharon Wilharm
Released June 29 | Mainstreet Productions



Summer of ’84 | Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell, and François Simard
Feature | Written by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith
Released August 10 | Gunpowder & Sky



Summer 1993 | Carla Simón
Debut Feature | In Catalan | Written by Carla Simón
Released May 25 | Oscilloscope Laboratories



Sunset Society | Phoebe Dollar and Rolfe Kanefsky
Debut Feature | Written by Phoebe Dollar and Rolfe Kanefsky
Released July 6 | Cleopatra Entertainment



The Swan | Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Debut Feature | In Icelandic | Written by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Based on Guðbergur Bergsson’s 1991 novel
Released August 10 | Synergetic Distribution



The Texture of Falling aka If. I Love You | Maria Allred
Debut Feature | Written by Maria Allred
Released June 8 | Allred Films



This is Home: A Refugee Story | Alexandra Shiva
Documentary | Released April 6 | Epix



To a More Perfect Union: United States v. Windsor | Donna Zaccaro
Documentary | Released June 8 | Ferrodonna Features



The Valley | Saila Kariat
Debut Feature | Written by Saila Kariat
Released June 8 | Wavefront Pictures



Vazante | Daniela Thomas
Feature | In Portuguese | Written by Daniela Thomas and Beto Amaral
Released January 12 | Music Box Films



¡Viva Kino! | Lia Giovanazzi Beltrami
Documentary | Released March 9 | Indie Rights | Streaming on Amazon Prime



Wanda | 1970 | Barbara Loden
Re-Release (Debut Feature) | Written by Barbara Loden
Released July 20 | Janus Films



Werewolf | Ashley McKenzie
Debut Feature | Written by Ashley McKenzie
Released March 2 | Factory 25



Western | Valeska Grisebach
Feature | In Bulgarian and German | Written by Valeska Grisebach
Released February 16 | Cinema Guild



Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist | Lorna Tucker
Debut Documentary | Released June 8 | Greenwich Entertainment



A Whale of a Tale | Megumi Sasaki
Documentary | Released August 17 | Fine Line Media



What Haunts Us | Paige Goldberg Tolmach
Debut Documentary | Released May 11 | Blue Fox Entertainment



What Will People Say | Iram Haq
Feature | In Norwegian and Urdu | Written by Iram Haq
Released July 13 | Kino Lorber



Where Hands Touch | Amma Asante
Feature | Written by Amma Asante
Released September 14 | Vertical Entertainment



Woman Walks Ahead | Susanna White
Feature | Written by Steven Knight
Released June 29 | A24 | Streaming on Amazon Prime



A Wrinkle in Time | Ava DuVernay
Feature | Written by Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell
Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel
Released March 9 | Buena Vista (Disney) | Wide Release: 3,980 theaters



Yadvi: The Dignified Princess | Jodyi Singh
Debut Feature | Written by Gauri Singh
Released May 25 | RVP Productions



The Year of Spectacular Men | Lea Thompson
Debut Feature | Written by Madelyn Deutch
Released June 15 | MarVista Entertainment



You Were Never Really Here | Lynne Ramsay
Feature | Written by Lynne Ramsay
Based on Jonathan Ames’s 2013 novel
Released April 6 | Amazon Studios



Zama | Lucrecia Martel
Feature | In Spanish | Written by Lucrecia Martel
Based on Antonio di Benedetto’s 1956 novel
Released April 13 | Strand Releasing



10×10 | Suzi Ewing
Debut Feature | Written by Noel Clarke
Released April 13 | Vertical Entertainment | Streaming on Hulu



20 Weeks | Leena Pendharkar
Feature | Written by Leena Pendharkar
Released April 13 | Uncork’d Entertainment | Streaming on Hulu



93Queen | Paula Eiselt
Debut Documentary | Released July 27 | Abramorama Films



2018 Oscar-Nominated Short Films
Anthology | Released February 9 | Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures
Live Action: Watu Wote/All of Us | Katja Benrath | Available on Vimeo
Animation: Negative Space | Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter
Documentary: Edith + Eddie | Laura Checkoway | Streaming on Topic
Documentary: Heroin(e) | Elaine McMillion Sheldon | Streaming on Netflix
Documentary: Traffic Stop | Kate Davis | Streaming on HBO



Updated on Friday, September 14, 2018