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Regardless of whether this awards season acknowledges it or not, there’s no denying that female directors (as well as writers and producers) had a major impact on cinema in 2019, crafting some of the best films of last year. Working across all genres, filmmakers such as Greta Gerwig, Marielle Heller, Alma Har’el, Lula Wang, and Lorene Scafaria used their talents to bring exciting, diverse stories to the screen. 2020 promises to be an equally thrilling year with an impressive lineup of women-led projects, whether a directorial debut or eagerly awaited follow-up.
Sundance Film Festival is starting the new year off championing female creatives. Forty-six percent of the films in competition this year were directed or co-directed by women. Indie film lovers unable to make it to Park City, Utah, can rejoice as some of the most hotly anticipated films from female directors playing there have already secured distribution ahead of their premieres.
“Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan from “Killing Eve” season two showrunner Emerald Fennell, the twitter-thread inspired drama “Zola” directed and co-written by Janicza Bravo and, from documentary filmmaker Lana Wilson, Netflix’s “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana are all due out later this year.
In addition to independent film offerings, women are helming some major studio films this year, including Disney, Marvel, and DC blockbusters. New Zealand filmmaker Niki Caro has directed Disney’s latest live-action remake “Mulan,” an adaptation of the studio’s 1998 animated film of the same name.
Superhero fans will be excited to learn that not only is Patty Jenkins returning with star Gal Gadot for the “Wonder Woman” sequel, but comic book adaptations “The Eternals,” “Black Widow” and “Birds of Prey” will all have women behind the camera as well as in front of it.
Whether you enjoy horror films or comedies, there’s sure to be a new title coming out this year from a female director that will catch your interest. Which 2020 releases are at the top of your watch list? Are you most excited for a new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a Sundance drama or one of the many other films women are behind this year, like auteur Kelly Reichardt‘s latest A24 drama “First Cow,” the Jane Austen manner of comedies “Emma,” ghost story “The Turning” or something else entirely?