This Summer in Eye: an alternate version of film history, with women in the starring role. Female filmmakers played an important role from the early days of cinema; they operated cameras, directed and also worked as producers. We shine the spotlight on a new canon, with work by Ida Lupino, Věra Chytilová and Mira Nair, and special attention for the films of Chantal Akerman.
Worldwide, there is increased attention for the role of women in cinema. In 2019, BBC Culture presented “The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women,” and Mark Cousins, known for his series The Story of Film, recently completed Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema.
Reason enough for an extensive summer programme with women in the lead. Eye brings together 25 films by top female directors, including work by Czech new wave director Věra Chytilová, Jane Campion and Paula van der Oest. There are also films by Indian director Mira Nair, Sabiha Sumar from Pakistan and Iranian-American filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour. Eye Filmmuseum will also be redistributing digitally restored classics: Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993) as well as Jeanne Dielmann, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) and Les rendez-vous d’Anna (1978) by Chantal Akerman.
Mark Cousins’ series will be screened as a prepremiere in five episodes (English spoken, no subtitles).