Films from some of our favourite women behind the camera.
Fancy something a little different? Our Discovery Passes are designed to help you explore the hidden treasures in our programme.
Carefully curated by our programmers, it’s a way of discovering the Festival treats you might have otherwise missed.
To make them extra-tempting, these films are available for the special price of three for £30.
Just choose any three films from our curated selections and use the code DISCOVER before adding seats to your basket. The ‘Discovery Pass’ price will then become available to select. You can choose three films from one of our selection, or mix with films from each.
Dir-Scr Arantxa Echevarría | Spain
Two teenage girls from a close-knit Roma community fall in love in this fresh and affecting coming-of-age romance from Spanish director Arantxa Echevarría.
Read more about Carmen and Lola
Dir Darya Zhuk | Belarus-Russia-Germany-USA
In mid-1990s Belarus, a mistake on a DJ’s forged American visa application forces some desperate cover-up attempts in this tough and tender comedy.
Read more about Crystal Swan
Dir-Scr Jessica Hynes | UK
Jessica Hynes’ directorial debut is a life-affirming lesson in the importance of learning to stand up for yourself.
Read more about The Fight
Dir-Scr Xiaolu Guo | UK-China
Acclaimed writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo delivers another deeply intelligent and idiosyncratic essay, located between contemporary China and post-Brexit referendum London.
Read more about Five Men and a Caravaggio
Dir-Prod-Scr Suba Sivakumaran | Sri Lanka
A surreal and disturbing tale centred on two divided villages in a civil war where women are unable to conceive and a remedy is desperately sought.
Read more about House of My Fathers
Dir-Scr Georgia Parris | UK
Modern dance is an evocative narrative tool in Georgia Parris’ debut, which investigates a young woman’s identity and the complex relationship she has with her mother and sister.
Read more about Mari
Dir-Scr Susana Nobre | Portugal-France
This generous and soothing portrait depicts the early days of parenthood, as a mother engages in caring for her newborn daughter.
Read more about Ordinary Time
Dir Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia | Argentina
An actor negotiates a new play, a friend’s illness and a tricky home situation in this amusing tale where Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown meets Opening Night.
Read more about The Queen of Fear
Dir Leena Yadav | India
In Old Delhi, a father decides to get his teenage son’s attention by posing as a pretty girl on social media.
Read more about Rajma Chawal
Dir Dora Garcia | Belgium-Norway
A gripping experimental documentary that intertwines politics, psychoanalysis and performance through the contemporary recreation of the works of Argentinian avant-garde artist Oscar Masotta.
Read more about Second Time Around
Dir-Scr Adina Pintilie | Romania-Germany-Czech Republic-Bulgaria-France
Romanian director Adina Pintilie’s Berlin Golden Bear winner is a bold, quietly provocative drama about one woman struggling with her fear of intimacy.
Read more about Touch Me Not
Dir Lev Kalman, Whitney Horn | USA
The world’s first psychedelic ‘Spa Western’ is a witty, trippy and discursively delightful jaunt across Colorado, featuring a fabulous cast that includes Jeune Femme’s Laetitia Dosch.
Read more about Two Plains & a Fancy