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WOMEN ON THE VERGE: WANDA
Chauncey -Theater 2
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 8:00 PM
Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in. Presented as part of Reel Representation: Women on the Verge.
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Admission Adult Evening - $9.73
Admission Seniors (60+) - $7.52
Admission Children (12 and younger) - $7.52
Admission UI Student (with valid ID) - $7.52

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Femininity has long been defined by how successfully a woman fits into the idea of the word feminine. Delicate, soft. In music, a feminine cadence has a weak beat. Women on the Verge presents five films directed by women, that challenge gender norms, and liberate their female protagonists by putting them on the edge of (or obliterating) the world that has defined them as "good girls".

"Wanda refuses to embody any of the female images she comes across in the film. You see, just because she can't articulate her desires, doesn't mean she doesn't yearn for something more." - NPR

With her first and only feature film - a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in - Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate verite style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden) who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, and callously mistreated by a series of men - including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A rarely seen masterpiece that nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society's margins.

Now in its third year, FilmScene's Reel Representation has evolved from Women's March to become a year-round program that celebrates local, national and international female and gender non-binary artists. Reel Representation showcases new releases and film series from, special events with, and dialogues about this underrepresented perspective in the industry.



Series Info
Series:Reel Representation
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:102 minutes
Director:Barbara Loden
Year Released:1970
Production Country:USA
Language:English