Tonight is the closing ceremony of the 38th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival. I hope it was a resounding success and I cannot wait to return to the festival next year!
Anyway, continuing my Films About Women list, here are three more films about women that have appeared at previous film festivals.
1 Dear Lemon Lima
This is a film about a young girl (yes, girls count as women in this list!) who struggles with a broken relationship, finding new friends, fitting into a new private school, and accepting her Native American heritage. This film sounds sappy, but there is surprisingly little sap. There is even a suicide.
This film also has a very different style than a normal teenage movie. It’s a bit like a cross between Juno and a Wes Anderson film.
2 Lemon Tree
From an American school in Alaska, we move to Israel. This is a film about two women, an Israeli and a Palestinian, and a lemon grove. The two women have a strange, mournful connection in the film. As the Israeli woman says, “I wish I could be a better neighbor to her.” Unfortunately, due to the crisis in the Middle East, this is impossible. This film, in some ways, exemplifies what I hope to highlight in my Films About Women series. It is a dramatic, and at times, bleak look at one of the most volatile regions in the world, told through the eyes of women who just happen to live there.
We finish off with a documentary I saw last year about the Anita sexual harassment hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I posted a much longer review of it last year, and I will link to it here. This is a funny, infuriating, thought provoking film. I would see it again in a minute.