2017 proved to be a turning point in showcasing female narratives on the big screen. As we enter into the new year, it would appear that it was only the beginning of the shift. In Between, the feature-length debut from director Maysaloun Hamoud (who was the recipient of the Women in Motion Young Talents Award at last year’s Cannes Film Festival), is as tender as it is potent, shining a light on three determined Tel Aviv-based women, as well as the impassioned fighting spirit they all possess.
Germany may have backed the wrong horse with their entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming Academy Awards. Although director Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven) had the noblest of intentions when using his latest film to raise awareness of the nationalistic hate crimes that continue to plague his homeland, his battle cry lands with a resounding thud. In the Fade aims to showcase the residual effects of Germany’s unspeakable past, but it gets bogged down in tiresome courtroom drama before spiraling out of control into an all-out, run-of-the-mill vigilante thriller.