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by Peter Knegt
August 2, 2012 1:23 PM
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The 12 Indie Films You Must See This August

4. 2 Days in New York (August 10)

Director: Julie Delpy
Cast: Chris Rock, Albert Delby, Alexia Landeau and Julie Delpy
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Why is it a "Must See"?  Julie Delpy's "2 Days in New York" premiered at Sundance earlier this year to somewhat positive reviews (Indiewire called it "fun by familiar"). Working as a sequel-of-sorts to Delpy's "2 Days in Paris," the film stars Delpy as Marion, a woman living in New York with a child from a previous relationship (see "Paris") and her new boyfriend (Rock) and his child.  When Marion's family arrives from France (including Delpy's actual father Albert), chaos ensues. While the "familiar" part noted in Indiewire's review is warranted (it follows basically the same formula as "Paris"), so is the fun. And who doesn't want to watch Julie Delpy and Chris Rock onscreen for an hour and a half?

Check out the trailer below:

5. The Ambassador (August 29)

Director: Mads Brügger
Cast: Mads Brügger
Distributor: Drafthouse Films

Why is it a "Must See"? Mads Brügger's follow-up to his Sundance Film Festival award winning "The Red Chapel," "The Ambassador" takes the director's remarkably hands on approach to investigative journalism a controversial step further. Brugegr makes his way to the Central African Republic, posing as a Liberian Consul by simply purchasing a diplomatic passport. Almost exclusively via hidden cameras, we watch as Brügger - with remarkable effect - dissappears into the character his new passport has brought forth: With a bizarre, almost Karl Lagerfeldian look, Brügger gives his diplomat the cover story of wanting to open a brand new match factory that will bring lots of jobs to the area. It's a risky setup, but Brügger pulls it off, allowing "The Ambassador" to become a unique entry into the sub-category of documentaries about African politics. How the many people and countries it exposes react as the film as it begins theatrical release remains to be seen (the Liberian Government is already pursuing legal action).

Check out the film's trailer:

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  • Bruce Spencer | August 4, 2012 12:22 AMReply

    One of the most amusing and uplifting documentary movies is "Abel Raises Cain" at hulu.com or Netflix. It's loaded with belly laughs!

  • Kathy | August 2, 2012 7:47 PMReply

    can't wait to see "Side By Side"

  • paul | August 2, 2012 6:19 PMReply

    saw cosmopolis up in toronto. very good film. it's not for everyone, but i enjoyed it. looking foward to seeing little white lies though.

  • nikki | August 2, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    I have seen Cosmopolis a few times already 2 months back and I'm jealous on those who get the opportunity to watch it on big screen. A masterpiece of a movie, superb performance of the lead actor, though not easy, not for everybody

  • sara | August 2, 2012 4:49 PMReply

    Cosmopolis!!!! <3

  • Jo | August 2, 2012 3:59 PMReply

    The Snow White jab came across as immature. Stay classy!

  • Joshua Roos | August 2, 2012 2:03 PMReply

    Excited to see what new David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis sounds goods!

  • Henry | August 2, 2012 2:00 PMReply

    Looking forward to "Cosmopolis"!

  • carol | August 2, 2012 1:54 PMReply

    I want to see cosmopolis!!