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The 8 Indie Films You Must See This October (Which Is Shaping Up To Be One of the Best Months For Film In a Very Long Time)

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 1, 2013 at 8:15AM

Today marks the start of what could truly one of the best months for moviegoing... ever? Week after week, some of the best films off this year's film festival circuit --whether Cannes or Toronto or Sundance or Berlin or the ongoing New York Film Festival -- will hit theaters, bringing with them a couple major Oscar contenders and probably half of most 2013 top 10 lists. And it's not just the indies. While we're keeping this list specialty market exclusive, we highly recommend you make this 8 a full 10 via studio releases "Gravity" (out October 4th) and "Captain Phillips" (out October 18th) -- certainly two of the most ambitious, satisfying films to come out of the Hollywood system this year (and the jury's still out on Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" -- out October 25th -- but it could be a studio option well worth your time as well).
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5. Kill Your Darlings (October 16)
Director: John Krokidas
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Criticwire Grade: B

Why is it a "Must See"?  Daniel Radcliffe continues his very best to make us forget all about Harry Potter with a bold turn as beat poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas’s directorial debut “Kill Your Darlings.” The film – which also stars Ben Foster as William Burroughs and Dane DeHann (in a breakout performance) as Lucien Carr – premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where it was made clear to audiences that the film didn’t hold back in regard to exploring the queer identities of many of its characters, particularly Radcliffe’s Ginsberg, who gets some serious man-on-man action.

Check out the trailer below:


6. Escape From Tomorrow (October 11)
Director: Randy Moore
Cast:  Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez
Distributor: Producers Distribution Agency
Criticwire Grade: B

Why is it a "Must See"? "Escape From Tomorrow," the provocative indie shot guerrilla-style at Disney World, landed U.S. distribution via Producers Distribution Agency (PDA), despite many assuming because of its controversial method of shooting it would never hit theaters. But this October the loosely constructed, starkly black-and-white directorial debut of Randy Moore -- which follows a family on their twisted final day of vacation in Disney World -- will do just that. And we promise: You'll want to see how.

Check out the trailer below:

7. Concussion (October 4)

Director: Stacie Passon
Cast: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Ben Shenkman, Janel Moloney
Distributor: RADiUS-TWC
Criticwire Grade: A-

Why is it a "Must See"?  The story of a suburban lesbian housewife (an amazing Robin Weigert), “Concussion” is likely to be dubbed “the lesbian hooker movie” (as opposed to "the French lesbian movie that won at Cannes," we suppose).  But it’s much more than that. While indeed Weigert’s character decides to secretly become a prostitute for women behind the back of her wife and kids, the film uses that context to explore a complex woman who implodes amidst the heteronormative lifestyle that crept up on her. Weigert plays Abby, a forty-something lesbian who's married with two kids and lives in the New Jersey suburbia. But after being hit in the head by her son's baseball, Abby begins to unravel and through a series of events finds herself with a new double life: Lesbian housewife by night, high-end lesbian prostitute by day. It's a sexy, uncompromising and unique take on the cinematic mid-life crisis that works in large part because of Weigert's performance. It also very much continues the trend of hot lesbian sex on big screens this month.

Check out the (Red Band) trailer below:


8. In The Name Of (October 30)
Director:  Malgorzata Szumowska
Cast: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Lukasz Simlat
Distributor: Film Movement
Criticwire Grade: C+

Why is it a "Must See"? Winner of the Teddy Award for best LGBT narrative film at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival (did we also mention this is a very gay month for movies?), Malgorzata Szumowksa’s Polish drama “In the Name Of” sensitivity approaches the central character of a gay priest. Father Adam (Andrzej Chyra, in a rather mesmerizing performance) is the pastor of a tiny parish in the middle of the Polish countryside. As drama begins to surround Father Adam, “In The Name Of…”  develops into a thoughtful, distinctive portrait of a truly devout man struggling to come to terms with himself (notably after developing a relationship with a Jesus lookalike youth at the center for difficult boys he devotes time to). And though the film is largely a serious affair, look out for the film’s doozy of a sole comic scene, in which Adam gets ridiculously drunk and dances with a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI.  

Check out the trailer below:


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