Women Directors Rule Toronto Film Fest

Editor's Note: This column comes to us courtesy of Ashley Lindstrom and LillyLikes.com.

Now this is what I like to hear: The New York Times is reporting that the 34th annual Toronto Film Festival, which began last Thursday, is overrun with highly anticipated work from female directors.

Yes, directors at American studios are still 90 percent male, but there's more going on at the fest than just Karyn Kusama and Diablo Cody's Jennifer's Body. The Times is comparing this year's fare to 2003, when Sofia Coppola and several other women directors stole the show:

...2003 became known as a good year for women, as Niki Caro, directing Whale Rider; Catherine Hardwicke, directing Thirteen; Patty Jenkins, with Monster; and Shari Springer Berman, with American Splendor, all joined Ms. Coppola in making a strong impression.

So who's in the game this year?

Ms. Campion is back in contention for prizes this year with Bright Star, a romance about the poet John Keats and his muse Fanny Brawne, from the new film company Apparition.

Also prominently featured are Danish director Lone Scherfig's An Education -- an "offbeat romance" starring Peter Sarsgaard (cough yummy cough) -- Niko Caro's The Vintner's Luck, Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, actress Samantha Morton's directorial debut The Unloved, and Leanne Pooley's The Topp Twins.

Whip It, the directorial debut of one Ms. Drew Barrymore, certainly seems to be making an impression:

Drew Barrymore ... has already felt like a presence with Whip It, a roller-derby romp starring the 2007 awards season darling Ellen Page (Juno) ... Ms. Barrymore’s pose on the cover of an unofficial festival guide is almost as sassy as the e-mail promotions for “All Girl Roller Derby Action,” a live exhibition of the sport with appearances by the Whip It cast, in a public square on Sunday evening.

I cannot WAIT to see these movies and support my sisters! Who's with me?

An Education trailer



Whip It trailer



Bright Star trailer



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