We here at Cinefilles unashamedly love the talented, quirky, beautiful and clever Greta Gerwig, so we’re mad excited for the upcoming release of her newest feature Mistress America. In honour of this brilliant babe, we’re looking back at our most fave Greta films to date.
Scroll down for info on how to enter for a chance to win a double pass to see Greta’s new film with us in Toronto on Wednesday, August 19 (7 p.m.)!
1. The House of the Devil
Leave it to Greta to play the voice of reason, as she does in this quasi-slasher flick about a hapless woman who accepts a sketchy “babysitting” job at a spooky and remote mansion. Megan, the babysitter’s BFF, is the one who constantly points out all the red flags in this plan and is proven more and more right as the movie progresses.
2. Nights and Weekends
Co-starring and co-directed by our favourite femme, this mumblecore feature was a kickstart for Great’s soon-to-be flush career. both in front of and behind the camera. This quirky story follows a long-distance couple in the midst of their relationship and a year later when it’s dissolved. Filmed in two halves with a year’s break in between, it actually ends up mirroring the film’s timeline.
3. Damsels in Distress
This gem of a film—a must watch for every woman!—is what started showing the world that Greta wasn’t only capable of being an indie sweetheart. Telling the story of a group of girls who run their school’s suicide prevention centre and live their lives in an effort to better the lives of the people around them, it’s quirky, it’s hilarious, it’s lovely, it’s a definite favourite and must-see!
4. The Humbling
Greta teams up with Barry Levinson in this adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel about an aging actor who embarks on a relationship with the daughter of his colleagues, Pegeen, who just happens to be a lesbian. This film is unlike the ones Greta’s become known for doing, but belongs on this list because it shows her ability to be both a comedic and dramatic actress. While her characters tend to be loveably flawed, Pegeen is selfish, unlikeable and doesn’t learn anything by the end of the film. And Greta nails it.
5. Frances Ha
Oh boy, what can we say about this perfection of a film? Co-written by Greta and director Noah Baumbach (much like Mistress America), this film is the sleeper hit we all needed. Unfortunately, too many people still missed it and I’ve made it my goal in life to make sure everyone I associate with has seen and loved this film.
Greta plays Frances, a not-so-talented dancer whose a little too dependent on her best friend, Sophie, and flails through independence when Sophie decides to move in with her fiancé. This movie is so perfect and the best sort of love story because it’s about self-love and the love for your best friend(s) and we’re not surprised that Greta is responsible for it.
Mistress America opens in Toronto on Friday, August 21.
We’re giving away 10 sets of double passes to see Mistress America in Toronto on Wednesday, August 19! Want to enter for a chance to win a pair? Follow the instructions below.
- Follow Cinefilles on Twitter (@cinefilles) and RT the pinned tweet featuring Mistress America and the above photo.
All winners will be notified via DM by Monday, August 17. And stay tuned for a second contest featuring a screening in Vancouver!