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by Peter Knegt
October 1, 2012 11:06 AM
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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This October

4. Holy Motors (October 17)

Director: Leos Carax
Cast: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue
Distributor: Indomina

Why is it a "Must See"? One of -- if not the -- most discussed films of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" was deemed "balls-to-the-wall crazy" in an Indiewire review that also called it "beautiful and unbelievably strange." Following a man (Denis Lavant) who travels between multiple parallel lives, it's definitely the fall's trippiest option (and the only one featuring Kylie Minogue!).

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5. Wuthering Heights (October 5)

Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Oliver Milburn, Nicola Burley, James Howson, Paul Hilton
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Why Are They "Must Sees"? A literary classic from the mid-1800s is getting a brand new cinematic take (a month before another -- Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" -- does the same) with Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights."  Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel gets a new look via Arnold and a cast of mostly unknowns (it most recently adapted prior as a miniseries starring Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley in 2009). A departure from the contemporary social realism of Arnold's acclaimed "Fish Tank," this gorgeous film (it deservedly won best cinematography at last year's Venice Film Festival) marks an ambitious new step in the director's career.

Check out the trailer below:

6. The House I Live In (October 5)

Director: Eugene Jarecki
Distributor: Abramorama/SnagFilms

Why is it a "Must See"? A strong possibility for the best feature documentary Oscar, Eugene Jarecki's doc (which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance) takes on the remarkable failure that is the American war on drugs. In the past 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities. Yet drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever. Jarecki tries to figure out where it went wrong, and what can still be done.

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4 Comments

  • Paul G | October 1, 2012 6:04 PMReply

    "Wuthering Heights" was written by Emily Bronte (not by her sister Charlotte).

  • Kristi Slager | October 1, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    Where the f%$& is "BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD?!!!"

  • Franco | October 1, 2012 12:09 PMReply

    I'm sorry but where is Argo?

  • James | October 1, 2012 1:38 PM

    Argo isn't "indie"