The Girls (15) S + Short film

Wednesday 15 August 2018

The Girls (15) S + Short film

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  • Director Mai Zetterling
  • Origin Sweden
  • Year 1968
  • Duration 100 minutes

No less a luminary than Simone de Beauvoir called Mai Zetterling's riotous feature 'the best movie ever made by a woman,' and Swedes voted it into their top 20. Three female friends (played by Bergman regulars) tour a production of Aristophanes' Lysistrata as the spirit of '68 sweeps Sweden. Life imitates art (imitating life in Bergman's rep company?) as the sex wars spill off the stage into confrontations with the audience - and husbands back home. Will the girls win this time?

This event will be introduced by film curator and lecturer Helen De Witt and also includes a short film:

Hairpiece: A Film For Nappy Headed People
USA   1982   10 mins
Dir: Ayoka Chenzira

Ayoka Chenzira's gorgeous animation listens in on African-American women talking about the impossible ideals of hair care. Witty, satirical and still bitingly relevant.

Screening as part of the Revolt She Said season

This season of films reflects on the volcanic change following the events of May 1968, sharing intersectional, queer and feminist stories of revolution. These stories are inspiring and disquieting to this day. One hundred years since the first women got the vote in the UK, fifty years since the protests of May '68, where is the feminist revolution now?

Curated by the incredible queer feminist film collective Club des Femmes, this touring season makes many rarely screened titles newly available for cinemas and audiences.

Click here to see the full season programme.