Why is it a "Must See"? Tobias Lindholm's story of a Danish ship
attacked by Somali pirates, "A Hijacking," has won awards at festivals
around the world. A thriller with contemplative moments, the film
teases out anticipation as the pirates must negotiate with officials in
Copenhagen. The film -- which leads with a fairly unknown cast from an
internationally untested director -- has proven to be a breakout for
Lindholm. Whether American audiences embrace it remains to be seen, but
we certainly recommend they do.
Why is it a "Must See"? The young Canadian filmmaker dazzled us
with his unique, honest style in his breakout film “I Killed My Mother”
in 2009 and with his gorgeous follow-up “Heartbeats.” While Xavier Dolan
has only released two films so far, we’re all still dying to see what
he’s bringing next with his latest film “Laurence Anyways," which comes
to theaters this summer after premiering at Cannes a year ago.
Continuing Dolan’s style of following the lives of LGBT characters and
the struggles they encounter with their identity, “Laurence” is a
portrait of a male-to-female transexual in the 80s. Melvil Poupaud plays
Laurence, a high school teacher who decides to undergo a sex change all
while fighting to hold on to his relationship with girlfriend Fred
(Suzanne Clément) -- Dolan keeps switching up gender norms and we love
it! Whether you’re already a part of the Dolan craze or you haven't
heard of him yet, “Laurence Anyways” is sure to get you hooked.
Why is it a "Must See"? A crowdpleasing doc that got a lot of attention when it debuted at Sundance earlier this year, Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom" follows Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, Judith Hill and Claudia Lennear. It's unlikely you've heard of any of them by name, but you've very likely heard their voices. They are the backup singers behind some of the world's biggest musicians (including Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler), and their stories make "Twenty Feet From a Stardom" both a heartbreaking and heartwarming documentary that's a perfect antidote to summer blockbuster fare.
Why is it a "Must See"? Already an indie hit in its native Britain (it won Best Director and Best Actor at last year's 2012 British Independent Film Awards), Peter Strickland's follow-up to his directorial debut "Katalin Varga" is heading Stateside this June. A psychological thriller set in a 1970s Italian horror film studio, it stars Toby Jones as a British foley artist working on the audio track for an Italian giallo film called "The Equestrian Vortex." When it had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival last summer, Indiewire's Eric Kohn gave the film a rave review, calling it "a largely satisfying enigma in terms of both its story and its structure." You can see for yourself on June 14th.