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Women + Film

The Starz Denver Film Festival is proud to present and array of candid, thought-provoking, and often iconoclastic works by women—the likes of which aren’t often available or obvious to mainstream audiences.

  • August: Osage County

    August: Osage County

    USA , 2013 , 130 min. Three grown daughters reluctantly return home to join their acid-tongued mother in mourning their father’s death. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts lead a star-studded cast.... more
  • Alaska Is a Drag

    Alaska Is a Drag

    USA , 2013 , 14 min. Leo doesn’t fit in at his job at the fish cannery but lives for the day when he can escape and be himself—in all the ways that are important to him... more
  • American Mustang

    American Mustang

    USA , 2013 , 68 min. Presented in 3-D with narrative interludes, this impassioned, locally produced documentary by Monty Miranda (Skills Like This, SDFF 30) examines the plight of wild horses in the American West—literally a dying breed—while considering their place in the national psyche... more
  • AMOK

    AMOK

    Germany , 2013 , 14 min. In reaction to a school shooting, a teacher withdraws into the quiet of his own apartment. What happens to his solitude when the mother of one of the victims demands to talk?... more
  • The Animal Project

    The Animal Project

    Canada , 2013 , 90 min. Seven struggling actors seek inspiration in this quirky film written, directed, and produced by Ingrid Veninger. Trying to lose their complacency, the misfits, led by crestfallen Leo, go on a journey of self-expression and self-discovery by wearing giant animal costumes... more
  • The Animation of Man

    The Animation of Man

    Netherlands , 2012 , 3 min. An ornery animated figure makes life difficult for its creator... more
  • Brave Miss World

    Brave Miss World

    USA , 2013 , 91 min. This heartbreaking documentary follows Miss World 1998 Linor Abargil on her journey as an advocate for rape survivors. She and director Cecelia Peck shed light on the struggle rape survivors face with themselves, their family, society, and the law... more
  • December 25

    December 25

    Australia , 2012 , 1 min. Perhaps the simplest, yet most potent, 60 seconds of cinematic storytelling you’ll see this year... more
  • The End of Pinky

    The End of Pinky

    Canada , 2013 , 8 min. Gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations, a warm palette, and mysterious voice-over create an animated noir story about murder and revenge in the lives of those on the fragile edges of society... more
  • FLO

    FLO

    USA , 2012 , 10 min. Her diminished vision, lung cancer and MS don’t slow down the creative life of Flo Fox, a determined NYC photographer and “sassy downtown art star.”... more
  • A Girl Named Elastika

    A Girl Named Elastika

    Canada , 2012 , 4 min. A spirited stop-motion look at the life of a little girl made of rubber bands... more
  • History of Virginity

    History of Virginity

    Switzerland , 2012 , 6 min. Losing one’s virginity—is it a gift, a barrier, a reward or a taboo? The development of the whole concept is traced in this extremely witty and surprisingly educational film... more
  • Hollow Land

    Hollow Land

    Canada , 2013 , 14 min. Using clay puppets, cutouts and breathtakingly beautiful drawings, the film tells the tale of devoted married couple Berta and Solomon, always in the company of their trusty bathtub, struggling to find a place to call home... more
  • The Kalasha and the Crescent

    The Kalasha and the Crescent

    Pakistan , 2013 , 13 min. Award-winning activist/filmmaker Iara Lee (SDFF 2010 and 2011) presents an intimate look at the Kalash, a small, fiercely independent people of northern Pakistan who are struggling to keep their religion and cultural identity alive... more
  • Lady with Flower-Hair

    Lady with Flower-Hair

    Iran , 2012 , 11 min. It is not easy having flowers growing out of one’s head in this captivating animated tale of a woman with this exact problem... more
  • Light Mind

    Light Mind

    USA , 2013 , 10 min. Believe it or not, this short documentary is about a blind photographer and artist, a man who has learned to “paint using light.” ... more
  • Lion Ark

    Lion Ark

    USA , 2013 , 97 min. A punchy behind-the-scenes documentary produced by activist group Animal Defenders International, Lion Ark presents the dramatic rescue and relocation of 25 African lions from illegal Bolivian circuses. The story ends happily in Colorado for the tragically mistreated creatures... more
  • Lovely Louise

    Lovely Louise

    Switzerland , 2013 , 91 min. Andre lives with his octogenarian mother, Louise, once a would-be movie star. His life revolves around her routine, and he flies model airplanes in his spare time. He wants to date Steffi, but responsibilities get in the way. Then a stranger turns their lives upside down... more
  • Mother, I Love You

    Mother, I Love You

    Latvia , 2013 , 83 min. Twelve-year-old Raimonds’s time alone while his mother is at work leads him to dabble in petty crime. Janis Nords’s striking film about a boy on the edge of adolescence whose web of lies begins to unravel won top prizes at Berlin and LAFF, and is on track for an Oscar nomination... more
  • Oh Willy...

    Oh Willy...

    Belgium , 2011 , 17 min. This wildly successful animated treat has everything: a world covered with fuzzy wool, a tender story with just a touch of surrealistic fantasy, a nudist-colony setting, and, at its center, the middle-aged “hero,” Willy... more
  • On the Nature of Hotness

    On the Nature of Hotness

    USA , 2013 , 9 min. In just ten minutes of cinematic fun, the viewer will gain a greater understanding of the who-what-how of “hot” and why love and attraction don’t always go together... more
  • Papusza

    Papusza

    Poland , 2013 , 131 min. This black-and-white period biopic depicts the life of Bronislawa Wajs, the Roma poetess known as “Papusza” (“Doll” in Romani). Raised in closed Roma society, she breaks barriers by becoming a poet, but suffers the consequences when she is shunned by her clan... more
  • Put a Lid on It

    Put a Lid on It

    USA , 2013 , 3 min. A hip, back-alley cat makes the “scene,” complete with an infectious jazz score, libations, dogs, and even a few ants... more
  • RESTROOM

    RESTROOM

    USA , 2013 , 3 min. A psychological portrait of Taylor Beattie transitioning from "male" to "female", as he stands outside of a women's restroom... more
  • Salma

    Salma

    United Kingdom , 2013 , 90 min. One village in southern India locks its adolescent girls up when they hit puberty, not allowing them to see the outside world until marriage. Refusing these customs, Salma remained incarcerated for 25 years and went on to become an esteemed Tamil poet... more
  • Sarah Prefers to Run

    Sarah Prefers to Run

    Canada , 2013 , 97 min. Offered a running scholarship at a top university, Sarah ditches her unsupportive mom and moves away to college with her friend Antoine. The pair decide to marry to qualify for benefits, but Sarah has only one passion: to run. Chloe Robichaud’s film debuted at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival... more
  • Soup of the Day

    Soup of the Day

    Canada , 2013 , 4 min. Award-winning animator Lynn Smith brings her colorful paintings to life in this comic story of the culinary conflict between a husband and wife... more
  • Virtuoso Virtual

    Virtuoso Virtual

    Germany , 2013 , 8 min. Using abstract ink drawings, dots, and drips set to the music of 19th-century German composer Louis Spohr, this award-winning filmmaking team answers the question, “What does music look like?”... more
  • Where Is My Home?

    Where Is My Home?

    USA , 2013 , 9 min. Award-winning animated telling of Vera Gissing’s escape from Czechoslovakia in the early years of WWII... more
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