Wanda

Opens Aug 20, 2018

August 20-23 only!  Each month, Ragtag and the Citizen Jane Film Festival spotlight a woman-directed film. Wanda is August’s Citizen Jane Suggests selection.

With her first and only feature film — a hard-luck drama she wrote, directed, and starred in — Barbara Loden turned in a groundbreaking work of American independent cinema, bringing to life a kind of character seldom seen on-screen. Set amid a soot-choked Pennsylvania landscape, and shot in an intensely intimate vérité style, the film takes up with distant and soft-spoken Wanda (Loden), who has left her husband, lost custody of her children, and now finds herself alone, drifting between dingy bars and motels, and callously mistreated by a series of men — including a bank robber who ropes her into his next criminal scheme. A rarely seen masterpiece that has nonetheless exerted an outsize influence on generations of artists and filmmakers, Wanda is a compassionate and wrenching portrait of a woman stranded on society's margins.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive.

"Harrowing, absorbing and thought-provoking." (April Wolfe, Village Voice)