She Must Be Seeing Things: Celebrating Women Filmmakers Screenings in June-July 2019

May 27, 2019 | Brent

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Summer is almost upon us, so we've very pleased to announce "She Must Be Seeing Things: Celebrating Women Filmmakers." Throughout June all of the films will be LGBTQ+ themed to help celebrate Pride Month. July starts with Julie Taymor's Frida (just three days away from the artist's birthday.) 

All films will be screened at 2:00 pm at the Hinton Learning Theatre on the third floor of Toronto Reference Library.

List of Screenings:

Can You Ever Forgive Me

Can you Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Wednesday June 5, 2 pm.

When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel, is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack. 

106 minutes. English. Director: Marielle Heller.

Paris Was a Woman

Antonia’s Line (1996).

Wednesday June 12, 2 pm.

A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.

102 minutes. Dutch with English subtitles. Director: Marleen Gorris.


Paris Was a Woman

The Watermelon Woman (1997).

Wednesday June 19, 2 pm.

Cheryl is young, Black, and lesbian, working in Philadelphia making a video about her search for a Black actress known as the Watermelon Woman. She surmises that the actress had a long affair with Martha Page, a White woman and one of Hollywood's few female directors.

90 minutes. English. Director: Cheryl Dunye.


Paris Was a Woman

Paris was a Woman (1996)

Wednesday June 26, 2 pm.

Female--many of them lesbian--artists, writers, photographers, designers, and adventurers settled in Paris between the wars. They embraced France, some developed an ex-pat culture, and most cherished a way of life quite different than the one left behind. Archival footage, music, paintings, literature, and interviews with folks who were there.

75 minutes. English. Director: Greta Schiller.

Paris Was a Woman

Frida (2002)

Wednesday July 3, 2 pm.

From her complex relationship with her mentor and husband Diego Rivera to her illicit affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

123 minutes. English. Director: Julie Taymor.


Paris Was a Woman\

Monsoon Wedding (2001)

Wednesday July 10, 2 pm.

A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

114 minutes. In English and Hindi with English subtitles. Director: Mira Nair.


Paris Was a Woman

Mikey and Nicky (1976)

Wednesday July 17, 2 pm.

In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.

119 minutes. English. Director: Elaine May.


Paris Was a Woman

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Wednesday July 24, 2 pm.

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

101 minutes. In Persian with English subtitles. Director: Ana Lily Amirpour.

Sheer Madness

Sheer Madness (1983)

Wednesday July 31, 2 pm.

Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly mentally ill.

105 minutes. In German with English subtitles. Director: Margarethe von Trotta.