Film: BORN OF WOMAN 2019

Saturday, December 07, 2019



The Fantasia International Film Festival’s acclaimed Born of Woman showcase celebrating intimate, auteur genre visions returns to Schenectady with eight extraordinary works from an array of international talents who will leave you gobsmacked and amazed.

From the Netherlands, Yfke van Berckelaer’s single-take Lili is a mini masterclass in performance and ascension where an actress’ audition grows increasingly less comfortable with every line read. Winner of Fantasia’s Bronze Audience Award for Best International Short.

Stefanie Abel Horowitz’s Sometimes, I Think About Dying is a darkly humorous and touching tale of interpersonal alienation that turned many a head at this year’s Sundance.

A young woman hides a recent terminal diagnosis from her friends as they embark on a road trip. They pick-up a stranger and grisly new paths of possibility are revealed in Adele Vuko’s fantastic The Hitchhiker.

From the USA, Mary Dauterman’s Wakey Wakey is an imaginative anti-love story fever-dream.

From Australia, Mia’kate Russell’s award-winning Maggie May is a stylish and sharp-witted black comedy about apathy that sees two sisters trying to reform bonds following their mother’s death, with unexpectedly gruesome results.

A young teen’s first period stirs her curiosity of local legends in Erica Scoggins’ masterfully directed, award-winning The Boogeywoman, a standout at Clermont-Ferrand and winner of Jury Awards at Fantasia and North Bend.

The United Kingdom delivers The Original, a dark, crushing, science-fiction drama about romantic sacrifice and extreme choices from Mexican filmmaker Michelle Garza Cervera.

Self-taught Canadian visual artist Valerie Barnhart’s devastatingly powerful Girl in the Hallway, an award-winner at Annecy and Fantasia, is an innovatively animated true-crime poetry slam as nightmarish witness testimony that recently floored audiences at Annecy. Made over a period of three years as an addressment of the inaction that allows the crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women to persist. Few films pack such raw, emotional force. You’ll barely be able to speak afterwards.  – Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival

LILI, Yfke van Berckelaer, Netherlands, 9 min.
SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT DYING, Stefanie Abel Horowitz, USA, 12 min.
THE HITCHHIKER, Adele Vuko, Australia, 13 min.
WAKEY WAKEY, Mary Dauterman, USA, 4 min.
MAGGIE MAY, Mia’kate Russell, Australia, 14 min.
THE BOOGEYWOMAN, Erica Scoggins, USA, 18 min.
THE ORIGINAL, Michelle Garza Cevera, UK, 13 min.
GIRL IN THE HALLWAY, Valerie Barnhart, Canada, 11 min.

Not rated.  95 minutes. A portion of box office proceeds from this screening will be donated to Women on Waves.

Saturday, December 7 at 5pm

$9 regular Adult ticket
$6 Seniors, Students, and “COMBO” buyers who also buy a ticket to Jennifer Reeder’s KNIVES AND SKIN.  NOTE: In order to qualify for the “COMBO” discount, tickets to both events must be purchased in person at our box office a single transaction.



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