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November 15, 2013 3:53 PM
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Here Are Indiewire's Top 10 Articles of the Week: The Future of VOD, Shia LaBoeuf Gets NSFW, Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' and More

The past week has proven rife for a plethora of different stories related to the cinematic realm. With VOD becoming an increasingly commonplace and ubiquitous platform of distribution, what effect will it have on the future of independent cinema? Despite not having a secure stateside release date yet, Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has amassed an extraordinary amount of buzz with its enigmatic yet attention-grabbing marketing, with a particularly NSFW featuring Shia LaBeouf having made its way online. In addition, Criticwire updates its lists, featuring some surprising new indie films and documentaries. 

Take a look at all of these stories and more below as we take a look at the ten most viewed news, interviews, and features from this week at Indiewire:

1. Is VOD the Future of Independent Film? Yes -- and No. 
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos riled the industry with a contentious Executive Keynote address at the 9th annual Film Independent Forum, in which he criticized theater owners for resisting the idea of day-and-date releasing of films on Netflix and claiming that theaters are going to "kill movies" if they continue to resist multi-platform distribution.

2. Watch: Shia LaBeouf in a Very NSFW Clip From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'
Lars von Trier, who has refrained from doing press following his 2011 Cannes gaffe, has been teasing his latest work, the two-part sexual epic "Nymphomaniac," with a lot of ingredients: a sly poster, a mysterious website, and four tantalizing clips. Today sees a fifth scene hit the web, this one NSFW.

3. Criticwire Members' List of Highest Ranked 2013 Indie Movies Adds 'Nebraska' and 'The Great Beauty'
According to the nearly 500 critics listed in Indiewire's Criticwire Network, there are over 70 indie films that have been released in theaters or on digital platforms this year worth checking out. Of course, 2013 still has a few more months to go. The following list, updated on a weekly basis, contains all films released in 2013 that currently hold a B+ average or higher on Criticwire as long as they have been graded by at least 15 critics. 

4. The Best Documentaries of 2013 According to the Criticwire Network: '56 Up' and 'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology' Join the List
Throughout the year, Indiewire updates a master list of the highest-rated indie films released in 2013 according to members of our Criticwire Network. The following supplementary list singles out the top-rated documentaries that have an average of B+ or higher. 

Left: Daniel Bergeron Sophie Kennedy Clark

5. Sophie Kennedy Clark on Giving Her Best O-Face for Her 'Nymphomaniac' Character Poster
Last month the buzz surrounding Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" hit a fever pitch when the marketing team behind the hardcore sex odyssey unleashed 14 provocative character posters onto the web, each showcasing a character at their most orgasmic. Among the more well known faces (Uma Thurman, Shia LaBeouf and Willem Dafoe and the lot), are a spattering of unknown ones, including Sophie Kennedy Clark who before "Nymphomania" drops stateside next year appears as a young Judi Dench in Stephen Frears' upcoming potential Oscar-contender "Philomena."

2 Comments

  • jamada walta | November 17, 2013 2:45 AMReply

    how can an african film be funded by the diaspora

  • sherry | November 16, 2013 3:38 PMReply

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