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The 10 Indie Films You Must See March

By Indiewire | Indiewire March 6, 2014 at 1:20PM

Here's 10 indie films you must check out this March.
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"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Fox Searchlight "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

After two rather slow months for new specialty releases (blame the 2013 Oscar nominated releases hogging the art houses), March is set to kick 2014 into high gear thanks to new films from Wes Anderson, Lars Von Trier, Jason Bateman and Denis Villeneuve, among others. It certainly makes for a lot of options, though here's 10 in particular we think you should check out:

1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (March 7th)

Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Current Criticwire average: A- (see all grades)

Why Is It a "Must See"?  It’s hard to say Wes Anderson is on a roll since he never really slowed down, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" looks like another capricious delight from America’s great chronicler of whimsical personalities. Set in the Europe of the 1920’s, the movie features Ralph Fiennes as a noted hotel concierge framed for murder and hiding from the police; meanwhile, Bill Murray naturally finds his way into the story as the manager of a rival hotel. Early reviews and trailers indicate an elegant, snappy comedy, confirming Anderson’s claims that he’s working in the tradition of great screwball director Ernst Lubitsch. While Anderson’s style might be easy to parody and sometimes too precious for its own good, there’s no doubting that he ranks among the more enjoyably inventive entertainers working in film today.

Watch the trailer below:


2. Nymphomaniac, Volume 1 (March 21)

Director: Lars von Trier
Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Willem Dafoe,  Udo Kier, Shanti Roney, Hugo Speer, Uma Thurman, Charlotte Rampling
Distributor: Magnolia
Current Criticwire average: A-  (see all grades)

Why Is It a "Must See"?  A new Lars Von Trier movie always elicits a mixture of excitement and unease, but "Nymphomaniac" is on another level. Part one of a two-part, four-hour-plus epic (the second volume is out in theaters come April), which stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as the sex-addicted woman of the title, promises plenty of explicit nudity and outrageous exchanges — along with more than a modicum of brains. Early reviews suggest that Von Trier’s film, which features a cast that also includes Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgaard and Shia LaBeouf among many other familiar faces, brings an enticing literary and philosophical sensibility to its lewd subject matter. It’s another reminder that no matter how much people like to characterize Von Trier as a provocateur, the ideas embedded in his work resonate even louder than the shocks.

Watch the trailer below:


3.  Enemy (March 14)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini
Distributor: A24
Current Criticwire average: A- (see all grades)

Why Is It a "Must See"? Just a few months after his English-language debut "Prisoners" turned into a considerable critical and commercial hit, Denis Villeneuve is back with "Enemy," and he's bringing "Prisoners" co-star Jake Gyllenhaal with him again. The story follows Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal), whose sighting of a man who looks exactly like him prompts a series of bizarre twists and turns in which he attempts to discover who this hauntingly familiar figure really is. Gyllenhaal performs double-duty, playing both the character of Adam and the mysterious man he's tracking down. Based on Jose Saramago's novel of the same name, "Enemy" was written by Javier Gullon and also stars Melanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini.

Watch the trailer below:

This article is related to: Lists, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nymphomaniac: Volume I, Enemy, Bad Words





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