Anthology Film Archives

A REAL YOUNG GIRL: COMING OF AGE

August 2 – August 18

The process of reaching the age of maturity and entering adulthood is a phenomenon that is celebrated by cultures and religions around the world – and one that artists have long seen as ripe for investigation. It is also among the most challenging and confusing times in a person’s life, when they are forced to reassess everything about themselves and the world around them. Since the earliest days of cinema, films have explored the excitement and difficulty of the coming of age of both men and women – but men’s stories have traditionally been privileged, while women’s have too often been depicted from a man’s point of view.

Showcasing films that present women entering adulthood, exploring what it means to be a woman, and learning what is required to survive in the adult world, this extensive film series focuses exclusively on movies written and directed by female filmmakers. Women’s contributions to this sub-genre bloomed as the modern independent filmmaking movement took hold in the early 1990s. This series highlights that wave, as well as featuring a handful of pioneering films from decades prior, and demonstrating the extent to which it has continued to be a fruitful theme for women all over the world up until today.

For many of the filmmakers included here, their coming-of-age film came at the very beginning of their careers, suggesting the importance of the genre as a means for each of them to develop their creative identities and demonstrate their voice.In making these films, each director has helped to create space for women’s perspectives, often highlighting the underrepresented by making the vastness of their experiences visible, including especially marginalized individuals such as women from working class backgrounds or restrictive religious communities, women of color, and women discovering their sexuality. The protagonists in these films are struggling, unsure, yet determined, and therefore all the more compelling.

Guest-curated by Hannah Greenberg, who also wrote the introduction and individual film descriptions.

Special thanks to Peggy Ahwesh; Brian Belovarac (Janus Films); Daniel Bish (George Eastman Museum); Stephanie Carter (National Film & Sound Archive); Chris Chouinard (Park Circus); Bridget DeMouy (HBO); Michael DiCerto (Sony Pictures Classics); Justin DiPietro & AJ McAuley (IFC Films); Dennis Doros & Amy Heller (Milestone Films); Su Friedrich; Jason Jackowski (Universal); David Jennings (Sony); Alex Kopecky (Olive Films); Bryce Menzies; Kristie Nakamura (WB); Lynanne Schweighofer (Library of Congress); and Todd Wiener & Steven Hill (UCLA Film & Television Archive).

Upcoming Screenings

  • Jane Campion
    TWO FRIENDS
    August 2 at 7:00 PM
    August 14 at 9:00 PM
    August 17 at 5:30 PM
  • Ann Turner
    CELIA
    August 2 at 9:00 PM
    August 15 at 7:15 PM
    August 18 at 6:30 PM
  • Ida Lupino
    THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS
    August 3 at 4:30 PM
    August 7 at 6:45 PM
    August 9 at 9:15 PM
  • Leontine Sagan
    GIRLS IN UNIFORM
    August 3 at 7:00 PM
    August 13 at 9:00 PM
  • Wanda Tuchock & George Nicholls Jr.
    FINISHING SCHOOL
    August 3 at 9:00 PM
    August 8 at 7:00 PM
  • Su Friedrich
    SINK OR SWIM
    August 4 at 4:45 PM
    August 17 at 7:30 PM
  • Marzieh Meshkini
    THE DAY I BECAME A WOMAN
    August 4 at 7:00 PM
    August 10 at 7:00 PM
    August 16 at 9:00 PM
  • Catherine Breillat
    FAT GIRL
    August 5 at 7:00 PM
    August 16 at 7:00 PM
    August 18 at 9:00 PM
  • Lucrecia Martel
    THE HOLY GIRL
    August 5 at 9:00 PM
    August 9 at 7:00 PM
    August 11 at 4:00 PM
  • Andrea Arnold
    FISH TANK
    August 6 at 6:30 PM
    August 10 at 4:15 PM
    August 12 at 9:00 PM
  • Dee Rees
    PARIAH
    August 6 at 9:00 PM
    August 11 at 8:30 PM
    August 12 at 7:00 PM
  • Haifaa Al-Mansour
    WADJDA
    August 7 at 9:15 PM
    August 11 at 6:15 PM
    August 13 at 6:45 PM
  • Marielle Heller
    THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
    August 8 at 8:45 PM
    August 10 at 9:00 PM
    August 14 at 6:45 PM

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