One of the films that is going to make a splash at Outfest this year is Brian Pera’s “Woman’s Picture”. What you will see is only part of a series but it is all amazing. The first three stories will steal your hearts and make you eager to see the rest. The film reminded me of the portraits of women we got in the beginning of motion picture history; the films of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. We get looks at three very different women living in different parts of this country, not knowing each other and each woman moves toward a point of self-realization. Each woman has been molded by where she lives and by the people she knows and the extent of her freedom and liberation are results of that. Brian Pera has created a film that he can be very proud of and I am sure that we will be hearing a great deal about him. Not only did he direct the three films, he wrote the screenplays and stars in one, “Ingrid”.
Pera says the film is homage to his grandmothers who were powerful but trapped women. They went to the movies to escape and to find role models because women in movies were glamorous even if their lives were not.
The first three cinematic portraits in the Woman’s Picture Series are “Miriam,” “Loretta,” and “Ingrid.” I could certainly summarize each of these but to do so would spoil a wonderful viewing experience. Suffice it to say that there is something mysterious in each and the acting is exceptional.