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Europe! Voices of Women in Film

Mere months ago, Chloé Zhao won one of filmmaking’s biggest awards of the year with Nomadland, and made history as just the second woman to ever earn a Best Director Oscar. Her achievements are monumental. They’re crucial and inspirational, too. And yet they’re also a strong indictment of an industry that’s been happy to overlook female filmmakers for too long.

For the past six years, Sydney Film Festival’s Europe! Voices of Women in Film program has worked to redress cinema’s gender imbalance. Co-presented by Screen International and European Film Promotion since 2017, it shines a spotlight on talented women from around Europe who’ve directed potent, engaging and important films.

2021’s ten-title line-up spans movies made across 17 different European nations – a bold drama about aspiring porn actors, a poetic documentary about the sea and blistering debuts about loss, resilience and history’s scars among them. Helmed by tomorrow’s superstar female directors, they’re today’s must-sees.

Sarah Ward
Film Critic, Screen International

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