Film festival to salute women in American cinema

Cine treat

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987.

Now, the American Centre in Delhi, in collaboration with Cinedarbaar, is celebrating women in American cinema with a string of film screenings featuring the leading actresses and women directors of USA. Starting today, five such films will be screened at the American Center Auditorium, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, which showcase the creative works of successful American actresses and directors that have charmed cinema fans worldwide.

‘Women’s History Month Film Festival’ will open with A Woman under the Influence by John Cassavetes. Each day the film showcase will be followed by an interactive session and an interesting quiz with exciting prizes. Do not miss out on an interesting session on the first day, about the relationship between the husband and wife duo of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes and their collaboration over 10 films.

As a takeaway, the visitors will get informative handouts acknowledging the exceptional works of the women directors and actresses.

The festival will focus on auteur and actresses by showcasing films which have been critically acclaimed and won several awards. The powerful performance by Gena Rowlands in A Woman under the Influence is often acclaimed as the finest performance by any actress ever committed to the big screen.

Similarly Faye Dunaway in 1977 won the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the movie Network. She turned this incredibly difficult character into gold. Other contemporary actresses like Scarlett Johansson have worked with some of the finest directors and their performances have been critically acclaimed like in the Ghost World.

Hollywood has seen some of the biggest box office hits by women directors whose movies will be a part of the festival. Martha Coolidge has proved to be one of Hollywood’s most successful commercial directors. With Real Genius, an incredibly humorous and wonderful film, she has proved her talent yet again.

Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman in Oscar history to win the Best Director award in 2010. However, her earlier work features some stunning films that showcase a brilliant visionary style, and no other movie reflects that better than Strange Days. It was nominated for several Saturn Awards including Best Science Fiction Film with Bigelow winning for Best Director.

The entry to the festival is free but do collect your passes from the American Center and carry a valid photo ID to the event. 

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