Sofia Coppola's thieving celeb-wannabes in "The Bling Ring" invade select theaters today, but Coppola's film isn't the only indie entering the marketplace. Below find a list of the indies opening today, with synopses courtesy of the distributors.
Opening In: New York
Synopsis: Raul (Lin Manuel Miranda), a young newyorican man meets a beautiful Puerto Rican girl in a club in New York City. Her name is Maria Sanchez and before he can get to know her a fight breaks and they get separated. He can't stop thinking about her and decides to go to Puerto Rico with his good friend Juan (Jaime Camil) to look for her. Upon arrival he discovers that there are over 200 'Maria Sanchez' in the phone book! So, he decides to write 200 letters to find his dream girl. His quest for Maria will take Raul and Juan in a comical journey through out the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where they'll meet Yolanda (Dayanara Torres) a new friend that will help them find his 'Maria'. Will Raul find what he was looking for?
Opening In: New York
Synopsis: Alex, 27, lives in a working-class Paris neighborhood and sells drugs for a living, continuously paying off the debts of his brother Isaac (played by French auteur Cedric Kahn), who's becoming a real burden. When his cousin, who has just returned from completing his military service in Israel, tells him he's opening a restaurant in Tel Aviv, Alex thinks that joining him might be the life-changing opportunity he was waiting for. But in order to leave, Alex must quickly find enough money and accomplish his 'aliyah' (the term for Jews emigrating to Israel) which involves, among other things, Hebrew lessons and connecting with his Jewish roots. He also has to leave behind his beloved city of Paris, his former lover Esther, his lifelong friend Mathias, and Jeanne, a woman whom he’s just met but has the potential of becoming someone important in his life. Torn between making his aliyah, his drug selling, his complicated love life and a destructive brother, Alex will have to find his own way and make a final decision.
"Berberian Sound Studio"
Opening In: New York, Los Angeles
Synopsis: A sound engineer’s work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.
Opening In: Los Angeles
Synopsis: In this darkly comedic drama, two couples reunite over two incendiary evenings where anything can happen. Grace and Carlo are a newly married New York couple who visit their old friends Sharyl and Joel in their huge Midwestern home. Despite their wealth, the hosts are in a bitterly destructive marriage. A few years later, the couples reunite in New York, only to find tables turned.
"The Bling Ring"
Opening In: New York, Los Angeles (June 21 Nationwide)
Synopsis: From Oscar award winning writer and director Sofia Coppola, "The Bling Ring" tells the story of a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and celebrity that burglarize celebrities' homes in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets' whereabouts online, they break-in and steal their designer clothes and possessions. Reflecting on the naivete of youth and the mistakes we all make when young, amplified by today's culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, we see through the members of the Bling Ring temptations that almost any teenager would feel. What starts out as teenage fun spins out of control and leaves us with a sobering view of our culture today.
"Call Me Kuchu"
Opening In: New York (June 21 in Los Angeles)
Synopsis: In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato - Uganda's first openly gay man - and his fellow activists work against the clock to defeat the legislation while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one, not even the filmmakers, is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes the movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.