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The Film Society of Lincoln Center to showcase works of female cinematographers

A still from "The Milk of Sorrow"
(The Film Society of Lincoln Center)

The Film Society of Lincoln Center brings “The Female Gaze” spotlighting the amazing work of accomplished international female cinematographers. The film festival that begins from July 26 will be on view through August 9, 2018. The line-up includes cinematographers like Agnes Godard, Natasha Braier, Kirsten Johnson, Joan Churchill, Maryse Alberti, Ellen Kuras, Babette Mangolte, and Rachel Morrison.

“Laura Mulvey’s landmark 1975 essay ‘Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema’ suggested an imbalance of power in film dominated by the male gaze and heterosexual male pleasure; this series poses the question: Is there such a thing as the ‘Female Gaze?’ the release states.

“The Female Gaze” opens with a double feature of unforgettable collaborations between Agnes Godard and Claire Denis — from the sensual gaze on male bodies in “Beau travail” to that of familial love in “35 Shots of Rum.” Cinematographers Natasha Braier, Ashley Connor, Agnes Godard, and Joan Churchill will come together to discuss their careers and experiences in the film industry, and their interpretations of the “Female Gaze” in a free talk, sponsored by HBO.

“We’re showcasing amazing cinematography in a variety of styles, from women who have worked with directors of all genders, and contemplating what a female gaze might mean,” said Florence Almozini, FSLC Associate Director of Programming. “Some have built long careers with their directors, such as Godard with Denis, while others like Alberti or Louvart have worked with a range of filmmakers from around the world. There’s also a distinctive emerging class of female DPs innovating in the field, and our series reveals how this ‘gaze’ evolves with each new partnership and generation.”

The show features 36 films shot by 23 women and include blockbusters (“Creed”), independent American fare (“Swoon,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), selections from the canon (“Jeanne Dielman…”), contemporary international art house titles (“Tokyo Sonata,” “The Headless Woman,” “Holy Motors”), rarities ripe for rediscovery (“La Captive”), and two sneak previews: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” and “I Think We’re Alone Now,” both prize winners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The festival boasts of gems like “The Romance of Astrea and Celadon” in which Diane Baratier stylized cinematography makes the characters naturally stunning; in the Spanish film “The Milk of Sorrow,” DP Natasha Braier captures the striking beauty of Lima’s outskirts, as well as a revelatory performance by Magaly Solier, with dignity and grace; and “The Wonders” in which French cinematographer Helene Louvart’s lensing combines a documentary attention to daily ritual, to name a few.   

“The Female Gaze” will be screened from July 26 and will be on view through August 9, 2018, at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West, 65th Street. New York, NY 10023, USA.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the film.     

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