(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
The 2010s were a banner decade for female directors. Despite the still abysmally low number of women working behind the camera, women directors have made significant strides in Hollywood and across the globe, earning as much or even more acclaim — and now, as much money — as their male counterparts.
In just the past decade, which came off of Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, Greta Gerwig became the new generation’s rising star, Patty Jenkins became the highest-paid female director working in Hollywood, and acclaimed indie filmmakers like Chloe Zhao and Ava DuVernay used their weight to land high-profile superhero jobs or boost other rising diverse directors. We still have a long way to go, but the glass ceiling has already started to accumulate plenty of cracks.
So without further ado, here are the best female directed movies of the decade, listed in alphabetical order.
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The showrunner of HBO’s Girls, Jenni Konner, and its creator, Lena Dunham, may write the Toni Erdmann remake. The remake of the German drama is coming from Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Gary Sanchez production company and Paramount and is set to star Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
So what does it take to drag the great Jack Nicholson out of retirement? A remake of a critically acclaimed German-Austrian comedy about a hardworking woman and her practical jokester father, apparently. Paramount is remaking Toni Erdmann, which is currently nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and has cast Nicholson and Kristen Wiig in the lead roles.
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Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’ve reached the point in the year where every publication, website, and critics’ group is rushing to announce their favorite movies of the year before everyone else, a time-honored tradition known as “First!” But few film publications carry as much weight in the end-of-the-year game quite like Sight & Sound, whose Greatest Films of All Time list (updated every ten years after polling critics and film directors) tends ignite movie site comments sections like a match dropped in a puddle of gasoline.
Their annual lists tend to reflect a similar sensibility – a mixture of arthouse fare from around the world with a sprinkle of Hollywood.
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Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Maren Ade‘s Toni Erdmann may be Germany’s selection in the Best Foreign Language Oscar category this year, but the cringeworthy hilarity of a really bad dad joke transcends language barriers. The story follows a father and daughter who aren’t on great terms. She (Sandar Hüller) is busy with a high-powered job in Bucharest, and he (Peter Simonischek) is even lonelier than ever after his dog dies. In an attempt to reconnect, he shows up at her doorstep for an unannounced — and unwelcome — weekend visit.
Things only get stranger and funnier and more uncomfortable from there. Put it this way: if you thought your parents were weird, they probably still have nothing on Winfried here. Toni Erdmann earned raves following its Cannes debut this summer, and is now on its way to U.S. theaters at the end of the year. Check out the first Toni Erdmann trailer below. Read More »