After being sent to a strict Prussian all-girls boarding school, Manuela is drawn out of her shell by the young and empathetic teacher Elizabeth von Bernburg. But when Manuela starts to fall in love with her kind-hearted teacher, a scandal erupts and rocks the school’s very foundation.
In Leontine Sagan’s anti-fascist masterpiece, a key film in lesbian cinema history, a girlish crush ignites a revolution. Directed and written by women—as well as featuring an all-female cast—this is a landmark work in every sense: politically radical, visually mesmerizing, and swooningly romantic.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States