25 international women in film

Gallery | To mark International Women’s Day 2014, we celebrate women in film from around the world. Here are 25 women to honour and admire this year.

Georgia Korossi

Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) who at the age of 23 was first female director. Her films were loved by directors like Alfred Hitchcock.
Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) who at the age of 23 was first female fiction filmmaker. Her films were loved by directors like Alfred Hitchcock.
Anna May Wong's Shosho in Ewald Andre Dupont's Piccadilly (1929)
Anna May Wong’s Shosho in Ewald Andre Dupont’s Piccadilly (1929)
Maya Deren in her debut feature Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) co-directed with her second husband Alexander Hammid
Maya Deren in her debut feature Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), co-directed with her second husband Alexander Hammid
Anna Magnani's Pina in Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City (1945)
Anna Magnani’s Pina in Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City (1945)
Setsuko Hara's Noriko Hirayama in Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari, 1953)
Setsuko Hara’s Noriko Hirayama in Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari, 1953)
Melina Merkouri's Ilya on the set of Jules Dassin's Never on Sunday (Pote tin Kyriaki, 1959)
Melina Merkouri’s Ilya on the set of Jules Dassin’s Never on Sunday (Pote tin Kyriaki, 1959)
Sharmila Tagore's Aparna in Satyajit Ray's The World of Apu (Apur Sansar, 1959)
Sharmila Tagore’s Aparna in Satyajit Ray’s The World of Apu (Apur Sansar, 1959)
Anna Karina's Nana Kleinfrankenheim in Jean-Luc Godard's Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
Anna Karina’s Nana Kleinfrankenheim in Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
Monica Vitti's Giuliana in Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert (Il deserto rosso, 1964)
Monica Vitti’s Giuliana in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Red Desert (Il deserto rosso, 1964)
Madhur Jaffrey's Manjula in James Ivory's Shakespeare Wallah (1965)
Madhur Jaffrey’s Manjula in James Ivory’s Shakespeare Wallah (1965)
Catherine Deneuve's Carol in Roman Polanski's Repulsion (1965)
Catherine Deneuve’s Carol in Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965)
Mareme Niang's Anta in Djibril Diop Mambety's Touki Bouki (1973)
Mareme Niang’s Anta in Djibril Diop Mambety’s Touki Bouki (1973)
Gena Rowlands' Mabel Longhetti in John Cassavetes's A Woman under the Influence (1974)
Gena Rowlands’ Mabel Longhetti in John Cassavetes’s A Woman under the Influence (1974)
Nadia Mourouzi in Theo Angelopoulos's The Beekeeper (O Melissokomos, 1986)
Nadia Mourouzi in Theo Angelopoulos’s The Beekeeper (O Melissokomos, 1986)
Nurgül Yesilçay's Ayten Öztürk in Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite, 2007)
Nurgül Yesilçay’s Ayten Öztürk in Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite, 2007)
Actor/filmmaker Mati Diop's Josephine in Claire Denis's 35 Shots of Rum (2008)
Actor/filmmaker Mati Diop’s Josephine in Claire Denis’s 35 Shots of Rum (2008)
Tilda Swinton's Emma Recchi in Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love (Io sono l'amore, 2009)
Tilda Swinton’s Emma Recchi in Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love (Io sono l’amore, 2009)
Aggeliki Papoulia in Giorgos Lanthimos's Dogtooth (Kynodontas, 2009)
Aggeliki Papoulia in Giorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth (Kynodontas, 2009)
Evangelia Randou's Bella in Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg (2010)
Evangelia Randou’s Bella in Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg (2010)
Jeong-hie Yun's Mija in Chang-dong Lee's Poetry (Shi, 2010)
Jeong-hie Yun’s Mija in Chang-dong Lee’s Poetry (Shi, 2010)
Filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour on the set of her film Wadjda (2012)
Filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour on the set of her film Wadjda (2012)
Emmanuelle Riva's Anne in Michael Haneke's Amour (2012)
Emmanuelle Riva’s Anne in Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012)
Filmmaker/screenwriter Sally Potter (The Gold Diggers, Orlando, Ginger & Rosa)
Filmmaker/screenwriter Sally Potter (The Gold Diggers, Orlando, Ginger & Rosa)
Documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian Style, Gaea Girls, Salma)
Documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Divorce Iranian Style, Gaea Girls, Salma)
Filmmaker/screenwriter Joanna Hogg (Unrelated, Archipelago, Exhibition)
Filmmaker/screenwriter Joanna Hogg (Unrelated, Archipelago, Exhibition)
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