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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This May

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 1, 2013 at 10:25AM

As an extension of our recent summer movie preview, Indiewire is offering the first of four monthly summer "must-see" lists to make cinematic decision-making as easy as possible this summer.
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4. Sightseers (May 10)

Director: Ben Wheatley
Cast: Alice Lowe, Steve Oram
Distributor: IFC Films

Criticwire Average: 37 critics gave it a B+ average.

Why is it a "Must See"? Anyone who was irreparably disturbed by British weirdo auteur Ben Wheatley's last effort, the intensely haunting "Kill List," can breath a sigh of relief. Wheatley has gone for something decidedly more comedic this time around, and in doing so seems to have hit the sweet spot between horror and comedy, based on the serious amount of praise it earned at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes. The film stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram as a pair of bumbling lovers who take a roadtrip through the Yorkshire countryside that inadvertently turns into a killing spree, so it's a perfect fit for Wheatley's twisted sense of humor. It also bears the mark of executive producer (and "Shaun of the Dead" director) Edgar Wright, who has a penchant for picking out fresh and original voices in British genre comedy, as seen with Joe Cornish's brilliant "Attack the Block." [Mark E Lukenbill]

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5. The East (May 31)

Director: Zal Batmanglij
Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, Shiloh Fernandez
Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Criticwire Average: 10 critics gave it a B+ average

Why is it a "Must See"? Two years after "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice" catapulted her to indie-icon status at Sundance, Brit Marling is back with her latest writing-acting effort, "The East." Directed and co-written by her "Sound of My Voice" collaborator Zal Batmanglij, the Fox Searchlight thriller centers on an ex-FBI agent (Marling) who infiltrates an anarchist collective known as The East suspected of attacking corporate CEOs. Once embedded within the group, however, she soon finds herself on their side. [Nigel M. Smith]

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6. Something In The Air (May 3)

Director: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Clement Metayer, Lola Creton, Felix Armand, Carole Combes, India Menuez
Distributor: IFC Films

Criticwire Average: 33 critics gave it a B+ average.

Why is it a "Must See"? On the heels of the international acclaim of his five-hour 2010 epic "Carlos," Olivier Assayas appears to be returning to the extremely personal dramas that first gained him a following with "Something in the Air," an autobiographical account of a young filmmaker's experience in the world of radical activism in 1971 France. A standout on the 2012 festival circuit after its Venice premiere, where Assayas received an award for best screenplay, the film has consistently received raves for its sense of revolutionary atmosphere and gorgeous style, with many likening it to the director's earlier "Summer Hours." The film's young cast, starring Clement Metayer and Lola Creton have also received their raves for their portrayals of teens pulled into the radical political climate, purportedly heavily influenced by Assayas' own activism-filled youth. [Cameron Sinz]

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7. Fill The Void (May 24)

Director: Rama Burshtein
Cast: Hadas Yaron, Yiftach Klein, Irit Sheleg, Chaim Sharir, Razia Israely, Hila Feldman, Renana Raz, Yael Tal, Michael David Weigl, Ido Samuel, Neta Moran, Melech Thal
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Criticwire Average: 19 critics gave it a B+ average

Why is it a "Must See"? Israel's submission to last year's Academy Awards, Rama Burshtein's "Fill The Void" hits American theaters nine months after it won the best actress award at last year's Venice Film Festival (for star Hadas Yaron). The film follows a well to-do family in Haredi Jewish community in Tel Aviv, Israel that suffers a tragedy when his daughter Esther dies in childbirth. As a result the family's younger daughter is pressured by her mother to marry her deceased sister's husband (hence the title). In a review back in September, Indiewire said the film's storytelling is "deliberate, nuanced and memorable, but don’t expect anything reassuring." That might not sound like an optimal summer night at the movies, but trust us "Fill The Void" is worth your while. [Peter Knegt].  

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This article is related to: Before Midnight, Frances Ha, Stories We Tell, Sightseers, Something In The Air







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