10 Woman-Directed Films to Look Forward to in 2020

Mulan (Disney)

Whether you’re looking to learn about a Latinx icon, in need of a great revenge film, or looking for the perfect movie to cry to, 2020 is ready for your movie-watching pleasure. In celebration of Women’s History Month we’ve compiled a list of the most anticipated projects by women directors. So here they are, in no particular order: 10 women Directed films you can look forward to in 2020. 

After the massive success of 2017’s Wonder Woman, there’s no surprise that Patty Jenkins is gearing up to deliver us Wonder Woman 1984 this upcoming June. Not to be confused for a direct sequel, Wonder Woman 1984 will take place in a completely different time frame and will see Diana go up against the villainous Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig.

Wonder Woman 1984 (DC Films)

Truth be told, Disney has been struggling to find their footing in the world of live-action remakes but their latest addition may just change everything. Director Niki Caro will be bringing Mulan to life on March 26. The film has earned the first PG-13 rating for a Disney live action remake, and consider us absolutely intrigued. According to cinematographer, Mandy Walker, Yifei Liu (who plays Mulan) did 90% of her own stunts, so there’s no denying that the fighting sequences will be ones of epic proportions. 

Emerald Fennell continues to expand her resume, from actress, to screenwriter, to showrunner and with her latest film now director; Fennell is making a significant name for herself in the industry. Promising Young Woman had us intrigued from the moment we heard that haunting cover of Britney Spears’s ‘Toxic’ on the trailer. Carey Mulligan plays a promising young woman who has her life derailed by a tragic event and seeks revenge. Be aware, this film should carry a trigger warning for sexual assault. Promising Young Woman arrives in theaters on April 17th

Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)

Get ready for spooky season early with Candyman. The sequel to the 1992 film returns to the now-gentrified section of Chicago that once held the Cabrini-Green housing projects. Written by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta, this sequel reimagines this iconic story with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II taking the lead. The film is set to be released on June 12. 

Famous astrologer, Walter Mercado was a staple in most Latinx homes and his impact on the community has been captured in a beautiful documentary. Cristina Costantini, along with Kareem Tabsch, directs the documentary that is being described as a love letter to Walter Mercado. It isn’t an easy feat to tell the story of the fashionable, gender nonconforming psychic however, with guest appearances from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Eugenio Derbez, Mucho Mucho Amor promises to give a deep insight into the person the Latinx community admired. Mucho Mucho Amor hits Netflix later this summer.

Zola (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

The Twitter thread that broke the internet turned into the film that made waves at Sundance 2020. Director Janicza Bravo brings the Twitter thread to life and it makes for a wild 90 minute ride. Zola consists of a murder involving strippers who are on a road trip to Florida, human trafficking and attempted suicide. Leading the film is Taylour Paige who plays Zola, and you will be amazed by what is sure to be her breakout role. Zola will be released later this year and will be distributed by A24.

MCU fans have been patient; we have diligently been waiting and finally the moment has come for us to be rewarded. On May 1, director Cate Shortland delivers the solo Black Widow film that we have all been waiting for, and it seems that Scarlett Johansson is not holding back. The movie takes place after Captain America: Civil War, and sees Natasha on the run and forced to confront her past. Scarlett will be joined on the screen by the phenomenal Florence Pugh and the extremely talented David Harbour, which is sure to make for an amazing kick-off into summer. 

Come Away (Endurance Media)

You had us at Angelina Jolie and Davie Oyelowo. Director Brenda Chapman reimagines a world where Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan are brother and sister. In Come Away, Chapman breathes fresh air into the stories that we grew up watching and allows our imaginations to run wild. The movie is set to release later this year and you can catch us grown ups sitting amongst the children as we prepare for an imaginative ride. 

Winner of World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award and Best Screenplay Award at Sundance 2020, Identifying Features tells the story of a mother in search of her son who went missing after making the journey across the Mexico-U.S. border. Director Fernanda Valadez allows this film to provide a powerful insight into what people are facing in the countries that they are running from. This film tells a melancholy tale of a strong mother who refuses to lose hope. Kina Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Valadez’s drama so look out for it in cinemas later this summer. 

Finally, director Eliza Hittman tells the story of inseparable best friends Skylar and Autumn, who travel from Pennsylvania to New York City to seek an abortion. Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always promises to be a coming-of-age film full of nuance and the type of intensity that will stay with you long after you’ve left the theater. The film is released on March 13. 

A movie for every kind of mood 2020 is sure to be a year full of great for films. Here’s hoping these projects and the many others directed by women don’t get snubbed next awards season. 

by Julianna Perez

Julie is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She is a champion for Mexican cinema, falls in love with new music constantly and will often binge a show she’s already seen. You can find her on Twitter: @juliexplores.  

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