Top10 #52FilmsByWomen 2016
5. Les Innocents dir. Anne Fontaine
One of the audiences’ favorite this past year, which follows a gutsy French Red Cross doctor who tends to the Polish nuns of a convent stranded in the middle of war, when the Soviet Red Army had pushed Nazi German forces from the country.
Here’s my review.
4. An: Sweet Bean (あん) dir. Naomi Kawase (河瀨直美)
“An” is the Japanese word of the red bean paste, that in Cantonese (so also down here in Peru) is known as “Dau Saa” (or peruanized in some places as “tausa“) that is used as filling of buns with bean paste. It’s a dessert. It’s delicious. It’s the most wonderful thing in the world with ice cream, believe it or not.
The bean paste in Japan is also part of a dessert known as Dorayaki (どら焼き). And this is all important because the core of Kawase’s An centers on the making of dorayakis and the perfect red bean paste.
One of my picks for last year’s APEC meeting. xD
3. Moon & Cherry (月とチェリー) dir. Yuki Tanada (タナダユキ)
I know there’s way too many crossovers with my Top30 Discovery list, but can’t be helped~
Noriko Eguchi plays a savage erotic writer (love her!) who takes on a virgin young man named Tadokoro (Tasuku Nagaoka), who has joined the ero-writing club headed by Akira Emoto. As inspiration for her newest story, Tadokoro is pushed and pulled from situation to extreme situation, giving this moving sex rom-com a fresh twist.
2. The Day I Became a Woman (روزی که زن شدم) dir. Marzieh Meshkini (مرضیه مشکین)
This is a wonderful short film trilogy by Iranian filmmaker and cinematographer Marzieh Meshkini, her debut. It follows the lives of three women— a girl named Hava, who’s turning a year older and thus becoming a woman, even though all she wants to do is drop everything and play with Hassan. Her grandma tells her she can’t because she’s now a woman, though Hava insists that she won’t be a woman until midday when she was actually born.
The second short follows Ahoo (Shabnam Tolouei), a young woman on a bike race that’s being pursued by her husband and the males in her husband’s family because they want her to stop racing. And the third follows Hoora, an older woman who’s just inherited a lot of money, and hires two boys to help her buy all the things she couldn’t have when she was married.
1. Manjadikuru (മഞ്ചാടിക്കുരു) dir. Anjali Menon
Manjadikuru is the name of the red seeds commonly known as, well, “Red Lucky Seeds” lol which remind me of Peruvian Huayruro, which are also “red lucky seeds,” but sport a black section on them. The film is about identity and tradition, following the life of a boy who returns to Kerala for his grandfather’s funeral, where he meets his cousins and the girl that works for their family.
So, that’s it~ Here’s the complete list of everything I saw last year!
Which were your favorite from the ones you saw?