Parfum d’automne: upcoming movies
There are a lot of interesting movies featured on Festivals this year. I mean, there are so many that I have trouble keeping up to date. So bear with me while I put some order in my watch list. Note: some of them don’t have a teaser yet, you will only find their synopsis.
Becks is a lesbian romance directed by Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh; starring Broadway veteran Lena Hall. After a crushing breakup with her girlfriend, a Brooklyn musician moves back in with her Midwestern mother. As she navigates her hometown, playing for tip money in an old friend’s bar, an unexpected relationship begins to take shape.
My Days Of Mercy is an upcoming American-British drama-romance film directed by Tali Shalom Ezer, from a screenplay by Joe Barton. The daughter (Ellen Page) of a man on death row falls in love with a woman (Kate Mara) on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. Detailed synopsis: Lucy and Mercy could be bitter enemies, yet they share an undeniable connection. Their relationship grows from hostility to curiosity to intense, physical passion. But eventually Lucy must confess her reasons for getting involved in the cause: her own father was convicted of murder and now waits on death row. Can Lucy and Mercy overcome their intense differences, or will these differences consume them? Note: the clip below serves as a teaser.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is an upcoming American biographical drama film about psychologist William Moulton Marston, who created the fictional character Wonder Woman. The film was written and directed by Angela Robinson. Detailed synopsis: The unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic. This relationship was key to the creation of Wonder Woman, as Elizabeth and Olive’s feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Marston died of skin cancer in 1947, but Elizabeth and Olive remained a couple (for 40 years) and raised their and Marston’s children together. The story is said to focus on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman’s creation.
Montana is a drama directed by Limor Shmila. When a young woman returns to her hometown in Israel following the death of her grandfather, she falls in love with a married teacher despite the looming figure of her fractured past. An unexpected but deep romance begins between them, keeping Efi in Acco, prompting her to rethink her plans and pulling her to revisit her past.
Battle of the Sexes is an American biographical comedy-drama sports film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, written by Simon Beaufoy. The plot is loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King (Emma Stone) is a champion athlete and an outspoken feminist in her professional life, but her personal life is a struggle. Her marriage is failing. Her closeted sexuality feels like a distraction. Outraged that the National Tennis League won’t allow equal pay for men and women, King founds her own tour with Gladys Heldman as manager. Riggs is decades removed from his last championship. Facing dwindling finances and desperate to win back his ex-wife (Elisabeth Shue), he proposes a publicity-snaring challenge: a $100,000 winner-take-all match. King is more than game.
Disobedience is a drama directed by Sebastián Lelio. It is based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman. A young woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after learning about the death of her estranged father. She causes an upheaval in the quiet community when she rekindles a repressed love with her best friend, a woman now married to her cousin.
The Feels is a comedy created by Jenée LaMarque and Lauren Parks. The story revolves around a group of girlfriends on a lesbian bachelorette weekend in wine country. Detailed synopsis: Andi (Constance Wu) and Lu (Angela Trimbur) are excited to celebrate their upcoming wedding with their closest friends. On the first night, the brides and their acolytes get wasted, and Lu admits to everyone that she’s never had an orgasm. This admission comes as a complete surprise to Andi and entirely derails the weekend in unexpected and poignant ways. It causes everyone to reflect on trust, love, and their journeys to exploring their own bodies.