The Hurt Locker
Baghdad, 2004, war in Iraq
The only film noir directed by a woman.
Based on a newspaper report, The Hitch-Hiker is a dynamic and suspenseful thriller in which Roy Collins (Edmond O'Brien) and Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) cross the Mexican border for a fishing trip. Just south of Mexicali, they meet the stranded Emmett Myers (William Talman), a sadistic psychopath who has committed multiple murders from Illinois to the California border. A desperate Myers takes the two men hostage and forces them to take him to Baja to escape US and Mexican authorities.
Ida Lupino made her name as an actress in a number of classic genre films (including High Sierra) and made her debut in 1949 as a director, as the only (!) female filmmaker in Hollywood. She went her own way as a writer, producer and director and built a very unjustly forgotten, unique oeuvre. Fortunately, Lupino's masterful nail-biter The Hitch-Hiker was recently restored and is back in full glory.
This film is English spoken and has no subtitles.
This film has a short, Dutch-spoken introduction by pop culture journalist Hedwig van Driel.
Women have written, directed and produced films since the early days of cinema. Still, they are rarely over-represented on lists and at award ceremonies. That’s why you can see the brand new monumental documentary series Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema in September. We will also screen some 25 surprising and ceiling-breaking gems you should not miss, all of them made by female film makers.
In collaboration with Internationaal Filmfestival Assen.