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Catherine Called Birdy (2022)

Opens on September 23

Director: Lena Dunham Run Time: 108 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2022

Starring: Andrew Scott, Bella Ramsey, Billie Piper, Dean-Charles Chapman, Joe Alwyn

Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival.

“what’s been missing from the field of princess movies all these years: namely, permission for young women to be themselves”

—Peter Debruge for Variety

The year? 1290. Lady Catherine, aka Birdy, is the youngest child of Lord Rollo and the Lady Aislinn. Financially destitute, Rollo desires to marry his daughter off to a wealthy man. But Birdy, like all the great teen heroines, is spirited, clever, and adventurous and ready to put off any suitor that comes calling in increasingly ingenious ways. Her imagination, defiance, and deep belief in her own right to independence put her on a collision course with her parents. When the vilest suitor of all arrives, they are presented with the ultimate test of love for their daughter.

About the filmmaker:

The first woman to win a Director’s Guild Award for Outstanding Director for a Comedy Series, Lena Dunham is an American actress, writer, director, and producer known for advancing a feminist perspective colored by the experiences of the millennial generation, most visibly in the award-winning HBO series Girls (2012–17). Dunham earned a degree in creative writing from Oberlin in 2008 and began writing and directing herself and friends in movies. Two years later, she won Best Narrative Feature at SXSW for her film Tiny Furniture (2010). In 2014, she published her first book, an essay collection called “Not that Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned””. She recently directed the feature films Catherine Called Birdy (2022), based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Karen Cushman, and Sharp Stick (2022), which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

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