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by Peter Knegt
July 3, 2012 1:19 PM
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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This July

7. Trishna (July 13)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed and Anurag Kashyap
Distributor: Sundance Selects

Why is it a "Must See"? Michael Winterbottom follows up last year's wonderful improvised comedy "The Trip" with a very different film: "Trishna," a modern retelling of  Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." Its Winterbottom's third adaptation of a Hardy work (after "Jude" and "The Claim"), and tells the story of Trishna (Freida Pinto), a woman who meets a wealthy young British businessman (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. Her life unravels as a result, and audiences get yet another worthy film from Winterbottom's increasingly eclectic filmography.

Check out the film's trailer:

 

8. Planet of Snail (July 25)

Director: Yi Seung-jun
Cast: Young-Chan and Soon-Ho
Distributor: The Cinema Guild

Why is it a "Must See"?   "Planet of Snail" -- which won the top prize at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam last fall -- is a documentary from up-and-coming Korean filmmaker Yi Seung-jun. But don't let the title fool you. It's not a nature documentary about slow-moving slimy creatures. "Planet of Snail" is actually a quietly powerful portrait of Young-Chan, a Korean man who is both deaf and blind (he calls himself a "snail" as he can only communicate through touch).  At the centre of the story is Young-Chan's relationship with his wife Soon-Ho, who lovingly works as his eyes and ears.

Check out a clip from "Snail":

9. The Imposter (July 13)

Director: Bart Layton
Distributor: Indomina Releasing

Why is it a "Must See"? Definitely one of the most unusual stories featured in any doc that will come out this year, Bart Layton offers up the stranger-than-fiction tale of "The Imposter."  In 1994, a 13-year-old boy disappeard without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is allegedly found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain (with a story of kidnap and torture to explain his absence). His family brings him home, but things are clearly not quite as they seem. Explaining any further details would ruin the remarkable twists and turns, so just go see for yourself when "The Imposter" hits theaters July 6th.

Check out the film's trailer:

10. Shut Up And Play The Hits (July 18)

Director: Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Why is it a "Must See"? Fans of James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem should save the date, as Oscilloscope is releasing Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace's doc about the band's final gig at Madison Square Garden for one night only on July 18th.  The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and offers incredible footage from the show, as a well some considerable insight into the incredible mind of Murphy. Buy advanced tickets here.

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1 Comment

  • jingmei | July 4, 2012 9:37 AMReply

    Have known well about almost every film on this list since quite long, from winter festivals such as Sundance or European markets.