Quite a few of the movies in this collection focus on female artists. There’s the incredible story of the recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier, Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog, a truly original piece of work, as well as The Artist is Present, a study of the radical performance artist Marina Abramovic.
Simply listing the actresses contained in this collection tells a story as to the sheer amount of talent contained within it: Eva Green takes the lead in Cracks and there’s Charlotte Rampling in I, Anna. Juliette Binoche features twice, in A Thousand Times Good Night and alongside Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria, while Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek form a comedy double team in Bandidas. That’s quite a list.
There’s one film contained here that is simply uncategorizable: The Congress. A live-action anime mashup that sees Robin Wright take the lead. A particular delight of this surreal manga masterpiece is to see the famous faces in the background: Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe and Botticelli’s Venus all feature – watch and see if you can recognize them all.