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The 10 Indies to Watch on VOD This May

By Nigel M. Smith, Cristina Gonzales, Cameron Sinz and Mark Lukenbill | Indiewire May 2, 2013 at 11:55AM

This month on VOD: Ben Wheatley's surprisingly hilarious follow-up to "Kill List," the latest from the prolific Olivier Assayas, Shane Carruth's long-in-the-works indie mind f*ck, a festival favorite from the Zellner Brothers, and much more. Below are the 10 indies to watch on VOD in alphabetical order.

"Pieta" (May 17)
In Kim Ki-Duk's Golden Lion winner "Pieta," Lee Jung-jin stars as a brutal loan shark gathering from the impoverished residents of a small town who is forced to rethink his violent path after a women claiming to be his mother (Cho Min-soo) enters his life. Indiewire's Eric Kohn called the film a "curiously engaging & wickedly twisted tale of crime and punishment on multiple levels," in his review from the film's Toronto premiere (read his full review here).

Where to Watch: Dish, DirecTV, Comcast, Cox, Brighthouse, Charter, Time Warner, ATT, Verizon

"Sightseers" (May 13)
"Sightseers," Ben Wheatley's highly anticipated follow-up to his dark, violent and grim "Kill List," marks a change in pace for the helmer. Not to say that Wheatley's given up on the nastiness that characterized both "Kill List" and his acclaimed debut "Down Terrace" -- "Sightseers" does follow a young couple on a holiday who murder anyone who ticks them off -- but if the buzz is anything to go by, there are more laughs than scares. Think of it as Britain's answer to John Water's Kathleen Turner-starring "Serial Mom."

Where to Watch: Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner

"Something In the Air" (May 3)
Best known for the intimate and highly personal dramas ("Summer Hours," "Irma Vep") that have won him a following, Olivier Assayas achieved international success on a new level with his last project, the award-winning five-hour epic "Carlos," shown as a miniseries in three parts on the Sundance Channel in the U.S. While that film differed in both scope and content then, say, 1994's teen romantic drama "Cold Water," Assayas seems to be back to exploring more personal territory with his latest, "Something in the Air." "Something of the Air" was a staple on the festival circuit last year. The largely autobiographical story follows an aspiring young filmmaker (newcomer Clement Metayer) as he is pulled into the world of radical art and political activism in 1971 France.

Where to Watch: Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner

"Syrup" (May 2)
Based on Max Barry's cult novel "Syrup," this winking satire on the advertising and business worlds centers on Scat (Shiloh Fernandez), who brainstorms a soda beverage called Fukk Cola and bands together, both romantically and professionally, with 6 (Amber Heard), the production manager at Coke.

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner

"Upstream Color" (May 7)
Nearly 10 years after his debut "Primer" topped Sundance's awards, Shane Carruth has finally offered us a follow-up with "Upstream Color," which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. "The plot of 'Upstream Color' is tough to define but not exactly intangible," Eric Kohn wrote in Indiewire's Sundance review. "An advanced cinematic collage of ideas involving the slipperiness of human experience. Carruth's polished, highly expressionistic work bears little comparison to his previous feature aside from the constant mental stimulation it provides for its audience."

Where to Watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, XBOX, Vudu, Time Warner

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