Müge Turan

Film curator / critic

Voted for

Daisies1966Věra Chytilová
The Piano1992Jane Campion
The Gleaners and I2000Agnès Varda
Meshes of the Afternoon1943Maya Deren, Alexander Hackenschmied
News from Home1976Chantal Akerman
The House Is Black1962Forough Farokhzad
Beau travail1998Claire Denis
The Headless Woman2008Lucrecia Martel
Orlando1992Sally Potter
The Hitch-hiker1953Ida Lupino


I made a list of films by women directors because I think it's time to reframe the conversation on the canon. Highlighting both the diversity and intersectionality of identities and the ways in which people live their lives within history, the titles in this list investigate how cinema represents women. Although each film speaks both to history and to its respective moment, collectively these films are breaking through in a male-dominated industry that for too long has held them back.

Surrounding these titles are immense clouds of other female-driven films. It is up to us whether it turns into a catalytic thundercloud—and whether we will bask in its rainbow.