By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 31, 2011 at 9:14AM
Today on indieWIRE we made our picks for the top indies to catch this month, Bela Tarr's latest found a home in the U.S. and much more.
What to See This June
There’s a whopping 25 films listed on indieWIRE’s June calendar, which is why we’re offering monthly must-see lists to make your cinematic decision-making as easy as possible. From Jean-Luc Godard to Christopher Plummer, documenting The New York Times to imitating Michael Caine, check out indieWIRE‘s picks for your five best options.
What to See At Home This Week
Gregg Araki's sci-fi sex romp "Kaboom" topped our picks for this week's DVD/Blu-ray/VOD column. Click here to see what else made the cut. Caryn James opted for "Biutiful," in which Javier Bardem gives "his best performance to date."
The Best Film Festivals of the Month
As we welcome the summer, we also welcome one of the year’s most exciting months for film festivals. From summer destination festivals like Provincetown and Nantucket to some of the year’s biggest documentary fests to a slew in Brooklyn, indieWIRE presents our one-stop guide to all the top fests June has to offer.
Film Society of Lincoln Center Upcoming Lineups
The 2011 New York Asian Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema announced that Yoshimasa Ishibashi’s “Milocrorze: A Love Story” and Na Hong-Jin’s “The Yellow Sea” will bookend this year’s event. Click here for rest of the lineup.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center tomorrow launches the 11th edition of their film series, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, with the U.S. premiere of Gianni Di Gregorio’s “The Salt of Life.” Click here for the rest of the lineup.
Kickstarter's Top Raising Finished Film
After raising $154,456 via the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, Jennifer Fox’s spiritual documentary “My Reincarnation” became the top raising finished film in the history of the platform and their fourth highest earning film project at any production phase. Click here to learn how Fox did it.
Bela Tarr's Latest Acquired
The Cinema Guild acquired U.S. distribution rights to Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse,” winner of the Silver Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. The company plans to release the film theatrically this winter.
Eric Kohn offered his take on Shawn Ku's grief stricken drama "Beautiful Boy." "“Beautiful Boy” tests the extent to which one can wallow in another person’s grief before it becomes unbearable," he wrote. "The focused story of two parents dealing with their son’s decision to kill several students and then off himself during his freshman year of college, the movie dwells in discomfort. Peeking behind the curtain of a national tragedy, it functions as the cinematic corollary to Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant,” exploring the ripple effect rather than the cause. Unlike “Elephant,” “Beautiful Boy” lingers in familiar dramatic territory, with a limited perspective that borders on the theatrical."