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Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Indies You Must See

By Peter Knegt, Madeline Raynor and Ben Travers | Indiewire August 29, 2013 at 2:25PM

Summer is essentially over. Maybe not by the calendar, but certainly when it comes to Hollywood. The "Grown Up 2"s and "The Hangover Part III"s have come and gone, and for anyone who likes a mediocre $200 million-budgeted film aimed at teenaged boys, you're out of luck for at least a few months. (Editor's note: Yay.)
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Blue is the Warmest Color (October 25)
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast: Adele Exarchopoulos, Lea Seydoux
Distributor: Sundance Selects

Why is it a "Must See"?
Hitting theaters this fall after winning over essentially everybody at Cannes  (and winning the festival’s prestigious top prize) is Abdellatif Kechiche’s epic lesbian love story “Blue Is The Warmest Colour.” The film follows Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a 15 year old who has her life turn inside out when she falls for blue-haired Emma (Léa Seydoux). The film is already infamous for its ten minute explicit sex scene, but there's a lot more to this in-depth character study. Featuring remarkable performances from its young actresses, “Blue” should definitely be your warmest color come October.

Check out the trailer below:


C.O.G. (September 20)
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Cast: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Casey Wilson, Dean Stockwell, Troian Bellisario, and Corey Stoll
Distributor: Screen Media

Why is it a "Must See"? The first film to ever adapt the work of gay literary icon David Sedaris, Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G.” manages to both do justice to Sedaris' unique voice and sense of humor while giving it a stamp of the director’s own. Based on an essay from Sedaris's 1997 collection "Naked," both the literary and cinematic versions of "C.O.G." detail the experience Sedaris himself (played by the wonderful Jonathan Groff in the film) had when he travelled to rural Oregon to work as an apple picker. Through encounters with a glorious variety of locals, the twentysomething Sedaris came to considerable revelations about his religion ("C.O.G." stands "Child of God," an acronym that one of those said locals proudly self-identifies with) and sexuality. Expanding on those two themes, Alvarez makes good on the promise of his 2009 directorial debut "Easier With Practice," keeping Sedaris fans happy in the process.

Check out the trailer below:


Camille Claudel 1915 (October 16)
Director: Bruno Dumont
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent
Distributor: Kino Lorber

Why is it a "Must See"? This French film focuses on one winter when sculptor Camille Claudel is removed to an asylum by her family, never to sculpt again. This film chronicles the first two years of her asylum stay, and with dialogue that amounts to no more than four pages, it relies on Juliette Binoche to present the solitary, constrained life of a former artist who was used to painting next to August Rodin. In this minimalist, brooding take on Claudel's stay, the first two years in a remote asylum in France stretch into an eternity. 

Check out the trailer below:


Concussion (October 4)
Director: Stacie Passon
Cast: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Ben Shenkman, Janel Moloney
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC

Why is it a "Must See"?  The story of a suburban lesbian housewife (an amazing Robin Weigert), “Concussion” is likely to be dubbed “the lesbian hooker movie.” But it’s so much more than that. While indeed Weigert’s character decides to secretly become a prostitute for women behind the back of her wife and kids, the film uses that context to explore a complex woman who implodes amidst the heteronormative lifestyle that crept up on her. Weigert plays Abby, a fortysomething lesbian who's married with two kids and lives in the New Jersey suburbia. But after being hit in the head by her son's baseball, Abby begins to unravel and through a series of events finds herself with a new double life: Lesbian housewife by night, high-end lesbian prositute by day. It's a sexy, uncomprising and unique take on the cinematic mid-life crisis that works in large part because of Weigert's peformance.  It also offers what will likely be the hottest lesbian sex on a big screen this year.

The film has yet to release a trailer.


Dallas Buyers Club
(November 1)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn
Distributor: Focus Features

Why is it a "Must See"?  We've seen the photos of the frail physique Matthew McConaughey developed for the role. Now it's time to find out if he can make more than just a physical transformation. After being snubbed by the Academy in 2012 despite at least two worthy turns ("Magic Mike" and "Killer Joe"), Matthew McConaughey is back with a vengeance in 2013. To kick off the year, he played the titular character in the festival favorite "Mud." In November, he'll appear alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," and in December he takes his biggest swing yet at Oscar gold in "Dallas Buyers Club" as an HIV-positive Texas electrician searching for alternative medicines to treat his disease. We've yet to see any official footage, but his odds will become clearer after the film premieres at TIFF in September.

Check out the trailer below:


Diana
(November 1) and Grace of Monaco (November 27)
Directors: Oliver Hirschbiegel ("Diana"); Olivier Dahan ("Grace")
Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Cas Anver ("Diana"); Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth  Frank Langella, Milo Ventimiglia, Parker Posey ("Grace")
Distributor: EOne ("Diana"); The Weinstein Company ("Grace")

Why Are They "Must Sees"?  These dueling tales of contemporary, beloved princesses are both slated for November release (and both directed by Olivers). Starring BFFs Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman as Princess Diana and Princess Grace, respectively, each film takes on a specific period in its subject's life. For Diana, it's the two years leading up to her untimely death in 1997. For Grace, it's a crisis of marriage and identity during a dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle and a looming French military invasion of the principality in the early 1960s. Get ready for the award season battle of the Australian actresses playing princesses?

Check out the trailer for "Diana" below ("Grace" has yet to release one):

This article is related to: Fall, Lists, 12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County, Blue is the Warmest Color , Kill Your Darlings, Foxcatcher, The Invisible Woman, Inside Llewyn Davis, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Diana, Grace of Monaco, The Armstrong Lie, Touchy Feely, C.O.G., Concussion






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