Women Make Film

An epic fourteen-hour exploration of cinema history through the lens of some of the world’s greatest directors – all women. In connection to this documentary series, Lumiêre is also showing two restored film classics by Larisa Shepitko and Agnès Varda.

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As told through clips from 183 female directors, this epic revisionist history of the cinema focuses on women’s integral role in the development of film art, specifically how directors achieve tone, believability, introduce characters, capture conversations, and handle framing and tracking shots.

Mark Cousins (THE STORY OF FILM) delivers a staggering alternate history of cinema, taking inspiration from groundbreaking film scholars such as Cari Beauchamp, Claire Johntson, and Lynda Miles. Cousins discusses the toolbox of cinema (such as close-ups, framing and mise-en-scene) through the work of filmmakers such as Jane Campion, Kira Muratova, Agnès Varda, Larisa Shepitko, Claire Denis, Samira Makhmalbaf, Kathryn Bigelow , Sofia Coppola, Céline Sciamma and many others. His long-time collaborator Tilda Swinton serves as executive producer.

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