European Cinema: 10 Women Filmmakers to Watch

Discover a range of exciting and diverse films from 10 of Europe’s most promising women directors. This showcase features a mermaid-vampire musical, moving family dramas, sensitive character portraits, and stirring documentaries.

According to a study last year by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, women directed only 7% of the 250 top- grossing films in 2014. That figure underscored a known problem in Hollywood, and though the proportions of female to male filmmakers are far better in Europe, women simply aren’t getting the same opportunities to share their voices and visions as their male counterparts.

That imbalance explains why Variety magazine partnered with European Film Promotion and the Sydney Film Festival to showcase 10 of Europe’s most promising distaff talents. The line-up clearly demonstrates the incredible diversity of subject matter and style being practised by women storytellers today.

Peter Debruge
, Chief International Film Critic, Variety


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Sydney Film Festival welcomes the following filmmakers to the 2016 Festival:
 Mirjana Karanovic ́, Vangelis Mourikis, Sara Jordenö, Frederikke Aspöck, Nicolette Krebitz

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A group of men duke it out at sea for the title of 'the best', in this hilarious satire of male competitiveness and insecurity, which won Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival.

A Good Wife

A Serbian woman lives in a peaceful suburban life until she discovers a video containing shocking footage of war crimes from her beloved husband's paramilitary days.


The winner of this year's Teddy Award at Berlinale: a walk through New York City's voguing ballroom scene, led with swagger by gatekeeper Twiggy Pucci Garçon.

The Lure

This unique Polish romance-horror-mermaid-musical defies classification and deservedly won the Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design at Sundance 2016.

The Olive Tree

A Spanish film about a woman determined to retrieve her family's recently uprooted ancient olive tree, this beautifully brings together environmental themes and youthful activism.

Our Everyday Life

This powerful Bosnian drama, focusing on a middle class Sarajevo family who are drawn together in a time of tragedy, is both culturally specific and entirely universal.


In this funny and insightful look at immigration and arranged marriage, a young Filipino woman relocates to a fishing village in Denmark to wed a middle-aged widower.

Strike a Pose

25 years after the controversial documentary In Bed with Madonna, the 'Blond Ambition' dancers – now out of the celebrity spotlight – are re-united and re-exposed.

Thank You for Bombing

In Barbara Eder's absorbing study of journalistic integrity and its price, three war correspondents face the hardships of working in conflict-stricken areas.


In this provocative and daring German drama, a lonely young woman forms an uncomfortably close relationship with a wolf she discovers in the woods.