Woman Power, the Eyes of a Thief

February 13, 2015 1:10 PM

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This year's Berlinale is certainly woman-centric. There are exceptional leading ladies commanding the red carpet as Juliette Binoche did on opening night, in her tuxedo-inspired white gown and fresh make up. And there are exceptional women filmmakers in both the official program and the European Film Market. On opening night of the 65th edition, film festival director Dieter Kosslick declared that this year there is a focus on "strong women in extreme situations." And in fact, apart from the various films about women, including the opening night selection Nobody Wants the Night starring Binoche and directed by Isabel Coixet, there are 155 films produced by women in this year's program, 115 directed by women and 26 selections that boast women cinematographer. Not a bad deal.

One of my favorite films -- directed by a woman -- wasn't in the official program of the Berlinale but rather screening away from the festival. Eyes of a Thief directed by Najwa Najjar (Pomegranates and Myrrh) was this year's Palestinian entry to the Foreign Language Oscar race, but did not make the...

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