Based on a number of short stories from Maile Meloy’s Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, American filmmaker Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women portrays the intersecting lives of four independent women (Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Lily Gladstone). With the help of her amazing actors, Reichardt managed to create a marvelous and deeply empathic film work. These ‘certain women’ are revealed in their vulnerability as well as their strength and resilience, as they make their way through the wide plains of the American Northwest.
STUK, Courtisane, Filmmagie, KASKcinema and Netwerk Aalst have joined hands to present you this wonderful piece of American independent author’s cinema, which unfortunately did not find a distributor in Belgium. The screening in STUK is organized by STUK and Courtisane, in collaboration with the Lieven Gevaert Centre and the Institute of Philosophy (KU Leuven).
Kelly Reichardt is a screenwriter and film director working within American indie cinema. Since her debut film River of Grass (1994), she has been building on a unique and beautiful oeuvre. Frustrated by the sexism within the film industry and the immeasurable challenges to start a new project, she became a professor in film production. After more than 10 years, she relaunched her career as a director with Old Joy (2006). The touching Wendy and Lucy (2008), and the beautiful women’s portrait in the Western Meek's Cutoff (2010) confirm her reputation as one of the most important voices within contemporary American author’s cinema.