The Berlinale 2022 Golden Bear winner finally hits theaters this month. “Alcarràs” by Carla Simón, a portrait of a family of peach growers in a small village in Catalonia, will be released on January 6th. Spain has chosen this drama as its representative in the race for international Oscars.
For those looking for a laugh, Anna Konkle, co-creator and star of “Pen15”, will star in “The Drop” (January 13), the comedy by Sarah Adina Smith which tells the story of a married couple whose relationship is tested in a wedding at a vacation spot. Looking for strong emotions? “Missing” (January 20), starring Typhoon Reid, is the sequel to 2018’s “Looking Out” and tells the story of a teenage girl who becomes a detective when her mother goes missing while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend .
Pamela Anderson will set a new record in “Pamela, a Love Story” (January 31), a documentary that sees the “Baywatch” actress talk about her rise to international fame and her reaction to the famous stolen video of her with the husband Tommy Lee during sexual intercourse.
These are the women-directed, written, and non-binary-centric films coming out in January. All descriptions are taken from press material unless otherwise indicated.
Alcarràs – Directed Carla Simón; Written by way of Carla Simón and Arnau Vilaró (In Theaters; Available on VOD February 24)
In a small village in Catalonia, the life of a family of peach farmers changes when the owner of their large properties dies and the heir decides to put the land up for sale, quickly threatening their livelihood.
The documentary “The Invisible Extinction”, directed by Sarah Schenck and Steven Lawrence, available in theaters and on VOD
Microbiologists Gloria Dominguez-Bello and Dr. Marty Blaser in their race against time to save our endangered microorganisms. The film takes them on this urgent journey from the United States to Venezuela, from China to Israel and Switzerland, showing how overuse of antibiotics, unnecessary caesarean sections and processed foods are destroying our internal ecology, all happening even more rapidly with climate change.
The film “M3GAN”, written by Akela Cooper and James Wan, is out in cinemas.
M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll programmed to be a child’s best friend and a parent’s greatest confidant. When its creator, Gemma (played by Allison Williams), suddenly becomes the guardian of her eight-year-old orphaned niece, Cady (played by Violet McGraw), she decides to bring the prototype M3GAN together with Cady, seeking to solve both their problems. problems – a choice that could have unthinkable consequences.
Imani – Written by Amaleka McCall and Tu-Shonda Whitaker (In cinemas)
Faith (Brittany S. Hall) seems to have it all as a mother and partner, however a year after what she believes to have been a car accident, she discovers she is an Army Special Operations lieutenant with classified information.
Candy Land (In Theaters)
A young disciple of a religious sect, Remy (Olivia Luccardi), runs into a strange team of sex workers at a roadside restaurant, known as the “lot lizards”, who take her under their wing. As Remy immerses herself in this new underworld, her true colors are revealed in a way that none of her families, both old and new, could ever have imagined.
Noise (Ruido) – Directed by Natalia Beristáin; Written by Natalia Beristáin, Diego Enrique Osorno and Alo Valenzuela (Available on Netflix)
Julia (Julieta Egurrola) is a mother, or rather one of the many mothers, sisters, daughters, colleagues, who have seen their lives turned upside down by the widespread violence in a country that fights against women. Julia is searching for her daughter, her daughter, and in the course of searching for her, she becomes intertwined with the stories and struggles of the other women she will meet.
The Drop – Directed by Sarah Adina Smith; Written by Sarah Adina Smith and Joshua Leonard (Available on Hulu)
In this embarrassing comedy, a married couple faces a major test in their marriage when one of them drops a baby during a wedding ceremony on a tropical island.
The Seven Faces of Jane – Directed by Gillian Jacobs, Gia Coppola, Xan Cassavetes, Boma Iluma, Ryan Heffington, Julian J. Acosta, Ken Jeong and Alex Takacs; Written by Gillian Jacobs, Xan Cassavetes, Tran Ho, Kaydee Volpi, Boma Iluma, Ryan Heffington, Julian J. Acosta, Alex Takacs, Ben Del Vecchio, Nick Iwataki and Antonio Macia (In cinemas and available on VOD)
“The Seven Faces of Jane”
Jane (Gillian Jacobs) takes her daughter to summer camp and escapes her humdrum life on an exciting road adventure. Jane’s obstacles, connections and moments were created by playing a game called “beautiful corpse” – a method of artistic creation in which individual elements are randomly assembled to create a complete work.
On Sacred Floor – Directed by Rebecca Tickell and Josh Tickell; Written by Rebecca Tickell, Josh Tickell and William Mapother (In cinemas and available on VOD)
A reporter (William Mapother) and an oil company executive (David Arquette) find themselves on opposite sides during the development of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline that runs through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
A Snowy Day In Oakland – Written and Directed by Kim Bass (At Movies)
A San Francisco psychologist decides to rekindle a broken relationship with her high-profile psychiatrist boyfriend and business partner. She makes a living again by opening her private practice in an empty space in the middle of a small commercial block located on the Oakland Bay front, emotionally disrupting the predominantly African-American and psychologically neglected community.
Kitchen Brigade – Written by Liza Benguigui, Sophie Bensadoun and Louis-Julien Petit (In cinemas and available on VOD)
Cathy (Audrey Lamy) is a sous-chef who wants to open a restaurant. Struggling financially, she takes a job at a shelter for young migrants. She initially hates work, but then her passion for cooking begins to change the lives of the boys.
Come To Find Me (In theaters and available on VOD)
“Come To seek out Me”
A Latina mother (Sol Miranda) and her daughter (Victoria Cartagena) face major life changes: Gloria is ready for retirement and Christina must prove herself as a person of color in a highly competitive field. They love each other very much, but struggle to communicate and reconcile their differences.
Night Educate (In Theaters; Available on VOD January 17)
A Hollywood teamster and single mother named Danielle C. Ryan finds herself in a difficult financial situation, struggling to make ends meet. In an effort to earn extra money, she starts running a black market for scientific supplies, using her legendary souped-up pickup truck to transport the goods. However, her operation catches the attention of a ruthless FBI agent, and Danielle must evade him in order to stay out of trouble.
“Blaze” is a film directed by Del Kathryn Barton, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Huna Amweero. The film is currently available in theaters and on video-on-demand (VOD) platforms.
After unintentionally witnessing a violent crime, a young woman named Julia Savage is left in a catatonic state of shock, struggling to comprehend what she had witnessed. Eventually, Julia finds solace and healing in the limitless world of her own imagination. She immerses herself in her inner thoughts and dreams, finding a way to make sense of the traumatic event and ultimately finding renewal through this introspective journey.
Missing (In Theaters)
June’s mother goes missing while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, leaving June, played by Typhoon Reid, searching for answers. However, June’s search is hindered by international red tape, and she is stuck in Los Angeles, thousands of miles away from the scene of her mother’s disappearance. With no other options, June turns to modern technology and uses every tool at her disposal to try and locate her mother before it’s too late. However, her digital sleuthing only raises more questions than answers, and June must navigate through the complex web of clues to uncover the truth about her mother’s disappearance.
The Protector (In Theaters; Available on VOD January 23)
Chelsea Clark plays a woman who is on parole and investigating a legend about a righteous god who supposedly protects a small town from evil. During her investigation, she uncovers a conspiracy that puts her own safety at risk. Despite this danger, Chelsea is determined to uncover the truth and bring justice to the town. As she delves deeper into the mysterious legend, she discovers unexpected twists and turns that challenge her perceptions of what is real and what is not. Ultimately, Chelsea must decide whether to risk everything to expose the truth or to turn a blind eye to the conspiracy and protect herself.
Alone at Night (In Theaters and Available on VOD)
Ashley Benson portrays Vicky, a woman who is trying to escape the memories of a harrowing breakup. Seeking solace, she retreats to a friend’s remote cabin in the woods. To make ends meet, Vicky continues her job as a lingerie model on an adults-only live-streaming website. However, her peaceful escape is soon shattered when the power starts to go out. As Vicky tries to figure out what’s going on, she discovers that she’s not alone in the cabin. A masked killer wielding a crowbar is on the loose, and he’s determined to end Vicky’s night in the most gruesome way possible. Now, Vicky must fight for her survival and find a way to escape the cabin before it’s too late.
Geographies of Solitude (Documentary) – Directed by way of Jacquelyn Turbines (In Theaters)
“Geographies of Solitude”
This film takes viewers on an immersive journey through the stunning landscapes of Sable Island, a remote strip of sand in the Atlantic Ocean. Through the eyes of Zoe Lucas, a naturalist and environmentalist who has made Sable Island her home for over 40 years, viewers get a glimpse into the unique and fragile ecosystem of this remote island. With stunning visuals and insightful commentary, the film explores the challenges and rewards of living in such a remote and unforgiving environment, as well as the efforts to protect the island’s biodiversity and natural beauty for future generations to enjoy.
Petit Mal – Written and Directed by way of Ruth Caudeli (In Theaters; Available on VOD January 31)
Ana María Otálora plays Anto, Silvia Varón plays Marti, and Ruth Caudeli plays Lai in this film about a throuple living together in a house with their beloved dog as their only company. When Lai leaves for a work trip, the balance of their relationship is upset, and Marti and Anto must adapt to being just the two of them. The dreaminess of their secluded life is replaced with uncertainty, and they must rely on each other to navigate their changing dynamic. In this semi-autobiographical film, director Ruth Caudeli blends documentary and fiction to invite viewers to intimately explore the ups and downs of a polyamorous relationship. With honest and vulnerable openness, the film delves into the unique and commonplace details of a throuple’s shifting dynamics.
Pamela, a Love Story (Documentary) (Available on Netflix)
“Pamela, a Love Story” offers an intimate and humanizing portrait of Pamela Anderson, one of the world’s most famous blonde bombshells. The film traces the trajectory of Pamela’s life and career, from her humble beginnings as a small-town girl to her rise as an international sex symbol, actress, activist, and devoted mother. Through candid interviews and never-before-seen footage, the film explores Pamela’s personal struggles and triumphs, from her early days in Vancouver to her tumultuous relationship with rocker Tommy Lee, and her highly-publicized battles with addiction and abuse. Through it all, Pamela emerges as a resilient and complex woman, whose legacy extends far beyond her iconic sex appeal. This film is a captivating and honest portrayal of a woman who has defied expectations and forged her own path in the world.
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