I have prepared for you a selection of films telling about the true stories of women, even a little, but they have changed this world for the better.
Cast: Kate Winslet, Judy Dench
Iris Murdoch is one of the most talented writers of the 20th century, awarded the Booker Prize, equally beloved by both readers and critics.
The film is based on the memoirs of Iris’s husband – John Bailey – and begins at the time of their acquaintance. The story of the writer, so easily and naturally playing with the words, whose old age was overshadowed by Alzheimer’s disease, which deprived Iris of what she devoted her life – the ability to create.
Braveheart of Irena Sendler
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, 2009
Cast: Anna Pakin, Goran Vishnich
During World War II, an employee of one of the underground organizations, Irena Sendler, received permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto. Taking advantage of this, she and her comrades managed to save 2,500 children from the ghetto, who were sent to families, monasteries and orphanages.
The life story of one of the most courageous women of the 20th century, whose name should never be forgotten.
Serafina from Senlis
Cast: Yolanda Moreau, Ulrich Tukur
The famous collector and first buyer of Picasso, Wilhelm Hunde, stops in the small town of Senlis and hires as a maid a local eccentric, 48-year-old Serafina Louis, who is mocked by the whole city.
Once Vilgeim notices a small picture in one of the houses and finds out that it was written by Serafina. So begins the path to the glory of one of the most famous representatives of the “naive” art of the XX century.
Cast: Iris Apfel, Karl Apfel
Iris Apfel is one of those called style icons. She was born in 1921 and has been engaged in fashion all her life – during her long career, Iris managed to create outfits for the wives of 9 American presidents. Today Iris calls himself a teenager and is the advertising face of a famous cosmetics company.
A documentary about Iris is a real ode to taste, style, vitality and the ability to enjoy every moment.
Florence Foster Jenkins
Florence Foster Jenkins, 2016
Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Rich aristocrat Florence Foster Jenkins considers herself an outstanding opera singer, but her voice, to put it mildly, is far from ideal. The audience laughs at her, and the musicians with whom she works cover their ears with their hands.
However, Florence not only sings, but also protects the talented musicians of New York, so no one dares to tell her the truth about her vocal abilities.
Queen of Katwa
Queen of Katwe, 2016
Cast: Madina Nalvanga, Lupita Nyong’o
Fiona, a girl living in one of the Ugandan slums, comes to the chess club, organized by a charity missionary. She played her first game for a plate of porridge, however, it turns out that Fiona has a real talent.
One year later, she easily beats up her mentor and begins her journey to fame as one of the strongest chess players in the world.
Hidden Figures, 2017
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janel Monet
USA, 1960s. Three talented female mathematicians – Catherine, Dorothy and Mary – are working for NASA, participating in the development of programs related to manned space missions.
Despite their talent, it is very difficult for her friends to make a career because of their skin color, because the struggle for equal rights of people of different races is just beginning, and there are practically no women in science.
Rescue Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks, 2014
Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell
In the early 40s of the last century, Walt Disney promised his daughters to make a film based on books about Mary Poppins. It seems that nothing prevents to start shooting, but only Pamela Travers, author of the books about the famous nanny, is totally against their film adaptation.
The story of how Disney is trying to persuade the intractable Miss Travers, is interspersed with the story of her childhood and relationships with her father, who became the prototype of Mr. Banks from the books about Mary Poppins.
Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz
USA, the beginning of the 60s of the XX century. The paintings of the artist Walter Keane, depicting children with huge eyes, are popular all over the world. Their reproductions can be seen on every corner, and Walter’s income is constantly growing.
In 1970, his former wife, Kina Margaret, said that she actually painted the paintings, but because of the bias toward “female” art, she was forced to sell them under the name of her husband.
Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick, 2008
Cast: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt
In 1907, an ordinary Swedish girl, Maria, marries a similarly ordinary Swedish boy, Siegfried. The family has seven children, and Marie decides to sell the camera, which she won a few years ago in a charity lottery. However, suddenly she has the talent of a photographer, and she begins to shoot everything around, which her husband, who returned from the war, is very displeased with.
And although the name of Maria Larsson is not found in the lists of famous photographers, her story has not been invented. The film script was written after a photo album with a huge number of pictures was found in the attic of her daughter’s house.