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by Peter Knegt, Madeline Raynor and Ben Travers
August 29, 2013 2:25 PM
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Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Indies You Must See


The Invisible Woman (December 25)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Why is it a "Must See"? Getting serious buzz as its heads into its Telluride Film Festival debut in just a few days, Ralph Fiennes' second film as both director and actor takes on Charles Dickens (Fiennes) and the fact he had a mistress named Nelly Ternan (Jones) for 13 years right up until his death (Dickens was forty-five and had been married some twenty years when they met while Ternan was seventeen). Written by Abi Morgan ("The Iron Lady"), the film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander.

The film has yet to release a trailer.

Kill Your Darlings (October 18)
Director: John Krokidas
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Why is it a "Must See"?  This film brings the legendary beat generation together for a lesser known story: the murder of David Kammerer by one of their own, Lucien Carr. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs become key witnesses in the trial of their friend. This film has been getting a lot of buzz for the complete makeover Daniel Radcliffe underwent to portray Allen Ginsberg. Take one look at his horn-rimmed spectacles, scruff, and 60s waves and you'll be saying "Harry Potter who?" Also starring are Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer  and Ben Foster as William Burroughs.

Check out the trailer below:


Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (November 29)
Director: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Why is it a "Must See"? There has been no shortage of films about the life of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black, democratically elected president. But not only is this incarnation based on Mandela's autobiography, "A Long Walk to Freedom," but producer Anant Singh had been in talks with Mandela back when he was still in prison. Singh acquired film rights to the book in 1996 when it was published, and now the film has come to fruition. The biopic will highlight Mandela's childhood, coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison.

Watch the trailer below:


Mother of George
(September 13)
Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Cast: Danai Gurira, Isaach De Bankolé, Yaya Decosta Alafia, Tony Okungbowa
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Why is it a "Must See"?  A moving two-character study from Andrew Dosunmu ("Restless City"), this feature follows Adenike (Danai Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé), a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn whose marital bliss is halted by their inability to conceive a child. The problem devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leaving Adenike to make a shocking decision that could fix everything or destroy her family. Another highlight is the cinematography from the acclaimed Bradford Young, who shot "Ain't Them Bodies Saints."

Watch the film's trailer below:


Out of the Furnace (November 27)
Director: Scott Cooper
Cast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard
Distributor: Relativity Media

Why is it a "Must See"? If being the director's second feature following the Oscar-winning "Crazy Heart" isn't reason enough, surely the cast of six Academy Award nominees and two winners should justify its inclusion. The film -- about a vigilante searching for his missing brother -- earned one Oscar voter's seal of approval: Jeff Bridges. If that doesn't mean much following "R.I.P.D.," remember the Dude won his only Oscar for Cooper's first film, "Crazy Heart," a drama that garnered enough respect within the industry to allow the director access to this cast for his second feature. The trailer makes it look like a somewhat typical revenge story from Cooper and first-time feature writer Brad Ingelsby, but don't expect anything typical when you get a gang like this together.



The Past (December 20)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Berenice Bejo, Tahar Rahim
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Why is it a "Must See"? Two years after taking home the foreign language Oscar for "A Separation," Asghar Farhadi returns with "The Past." Already a huge critical hit at Cannes, the film stars "The Artist" and "A Prophet" breakouts Berenice Bejo (who won the best actress prize in Cannes) and Tahar Rahim as the French wife of Iranian man who deserts her and two children to return to his homeland. At Cannes, Indiewire's Eric Kohn said the film confirms Farhadi's "mastery of human behavior."

Check out the trailer below:

2 Comments

  • 4F | August 29, 2013 4:45 PMReply

    "The final months of 2012's specialty release schedule"

    A guide for last year's movies! I want my money back!

    What? I didn't pay anything to read this? Oh.

  • clownpenis.fart | August 29, 2013 2:51 PMReply

    awesome you guys are giving some press that little indie "August: Osage County"