7 films from female directors to see at MIFF 2019

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The Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 (“MIFF 2019”) started on Thursday and is on until 18 August. We’ve already told you about French animated films that are part of the program. In this article, we tell you about films from French speaking female directors at MIFF 2019.


A Brother’s Love/ La Femme de mon frère

Winner of the special Coup de Coeur award at this year’s Cannes Un Certain Regard, French-Canadian filmmaker Monia Chokri’s rapid-fire comedy of thirtysomething romance and sibling rivalry evokes the exuberant energy of her sometime collaborator Xavier Dolan.

Director: Monia Chokri (Canada)


A Colony/une colonie

Winner of the Berlinale’s Crystal Bear for Best Film – Generation 14plus, A Colony is the story of a young girl on the cusp of adolescence struggling with a new school, familial conflict and finding confidence in herself.

Director: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles (Canada)



Josephine Mackerras’s SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner is an intimate story of one woman’s empowerment that also destigmatises common ideas about sex work.

Director: Josephine Mackerras (Australia)


Hear my eyes: Girlhood + Sampa The Great

MIFF’s third, exclusive Hear My Eyes event will see Sampa The Great performing live alongside Céline Sciamma’s defiantly electrifying portrait of young women of colour growing up in the Paris projects.

Director: Céline Sciamma (France)



“A feminist portrait, Papicha seduces especially for its energy, its freshness and the charisma of its lead character.” – Cineuropa

From Algeria, Belgium, France and Qatar in Arabic and French.

Director: Mounia Meddour (Algeria)


Portrait of a lady on fire/ Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

Girlhood director Céline Sciamma returns with this beautifully calibrated, incandescent romance between a painter and her subject, which took home both Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at this year’s Cannes.

Director: Céline Sciamma (France)


Stars by the Pound/ 100 Kilos d’Etoiles 

A science-obsessed teen battles negative assumptions about her body to reach for the stars in Marie-Sophie Chambon’s out of this world comedy.

Director: Marie-Sophie Chambon (France)


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