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Milestone Month for Columbia-Trained Women Movie makers

This July, the four worldwide auteurs with MFAs from Columbia University have debuts on the cinema: “It’s a sign for all the others.”

The summer ticket office period is usually filled with landmarks of the blockbuster selection however this July, Columbia University’s movie program is toasting one of its very own. 4 global women filmmakers (and MFA grads) have their first attributes striking movie theaters this month.

The roster includes Nathalie Alvarez Mesen’s Clara Sola, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović’s Murina, Mounia Akl’s Costa Brava, Lebanon, and Anna Gutto’s Paradise Highway. The latter film, about a truck driver that reluctantly consents to smuggle immoral freight (a little woman), is one of the most star-studded with Juliette Binoche, Morgan Freeman, Cameron Monaghan as well as Frank Grillo. Also of note: Columbia graduate Ellie Foumbi’s launching feature Our Father, the Devil got an audience honor last month during the Tribeca Festival in New York.

Jack Lechner, chair of movie at Columbia University School of the Arts, states that every film that obtains made and also distributed “is like a sign for all the others,” as well as these 4 have accomplished something that will certainly be “beaming a light for those to come.” Lechner adds: “We’re just so pleased. It’s a minute that advises you that this procedure actually works and also we’re sending filmmakers out worldwide in such a way so they can be affordable and also fulfill their creative passions.”

Columbia University film teacher Annette Insdorf is similarly stired for the alumnae. “It was gratifying to teach Nathalie Alvarez Mesen, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, Mounia Akl and Anna Gutto in my Analysis of Film Language program. They came to CU’s School of the Arts from various nations,” she includes, “and each found her own voice and also took place to produce a personal along with powerful story.”

Murina, which got a Camera D’or during the Cannes Film Festival for ideal first movie, fixate the tensions between a teenager and also her oppressive papa when an old household pal reaches their Croatian island house. It evaluated at Laemmle Theatres in L.A. as well as the Metrograph in New York. Clara Sola, which played New York’s IFC Center and also L.A.’s Landmark Westwood, focuses on a remote village in Costa Ric where Clara takes off on a journey to break without religious and also societal conventions to end up being the master of her sexuality and newly found powers.

Costa Brava, Lebanon informs the story of a free-spirited family that runs away the toxic pollution as well as social discontent of Beirut by looking for haven in a utopic hill home. It hit the screen at Quad Cinema in New York as well as opens July 22 at Laemmle Monica in Santa Monica.

Lionsgate launches Paradise Highway on July 29 in choose theaters as well as on-demand.

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