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Seven Women Seven Sins (1986) represents a quintessential moment in film history. Seven women filmmakers invited to direct for the seven sins were amongst the world's most renown: Helke Sander (Gluttony), Bette Gordan (Greed), Maxi Cohen (Anger), Chantal Akerman (Sloth), Valie Export (Lust), Laurence Gavron (Envy), and Ulrike Ottinger (Pride). Each filmmaker had the liberty of choosing a sin to interpret as they wished. The final film reflected this diversity, including traditional narrative fiction, experimental video, a musical, a radical documentary, and was delivered in multiple formats from 16, super 16, video and 35mm.
After the initial television airing Maxi Cohen went on to prepare it for a theatrical release, unifying the formats into 16mm. The theater release of Seven Women Seven Sins caused quite a stir. People lined up around the block to see this compelling anthology of the seven deadly sins.