Five-Minute Film Guide: Every Indie Film Opening This Weekend (11/4/11 Edition)

on November 04, 2011 by Sara Maria Vizcarrondo


The Look
I've more than once called Charlotte Rampling "The British Deneuve." She's worked in era-defining films with era-defining men: Paul Newman (The Verdict), Dirk Bogarte (The Night Porter), Sean Connery (Zardoz). This model-turned-actress headlines a doc that explores the acting process-and shows how much real living a person has to do to be good at playing pretend.
Director: Angelina Maccarone


We're giving away 10 pairs of tickets to see Killing Bono in NY this weekend, and 10 to see it in LA next weekend when it expands, and if you want to go, tweet the name of the rock star you're jealous of to @Boxoffice.

Killing Bono
Killing Bono
is the hard rock equivalent of that scene in Fred Claus when Vince Vaughn attends a support group for celebrity brothers (also attending: Stephen Baldwin, Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton). Based on the novel I was Bono's Doppelganger, this comedy follows the real-life second best band in Belfast. They never hosted Live-Aid. Instead, they nurtured their pent-up aggression.
Director: Nick Hamm
Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Simon Maxwell
Stars: Krysten Ritter, Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan
Genre: Comedy



Half-political drama, half-Romeo/Juliet story, Cherkess is set in 1900, when a forced exodus dropped both the Cherkess people and Bedouins in a still unsettled Jordan. The two peoples must duke it out over their limited water supply. "Shall we go to war over vegetables?" growls one. Seems likely. As does a combustible romance between a Cherkess hottie and a Bedouin fighter.
Director: Mohy Quandour
Writers: Mohy Quandour
Stars: Mohamad al Abadi, Azamat Bekov, Sahar Bishara
Genre: Drama; Arabic-language, subtitled

Young Goethe in Love
The director of the acclaimed mountain climbing adventure biopic North Face returns with another story crucial to German national history. The Goethe's name is oft mispronounced [it's "Ger-ta"] just as the writer is stuck in the shadow of the Bard. But the time couldn't be better to give Goethe a facelift. We quote him and don't know it. Talk about Anonymous.
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Writers: Christoph Müller, Philipp Stölzl, Alexander Dydyna
Stars: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu
Genre: Drama; German-language, subtitled


5 Star Day
According to Jake's horoscope, his birthday was supposed to rock. Instead he lost his job, his car and his girl. He could call it a "bad day," but no, he decides to out Astrology as stupid by finding others who share his b-day and proving the wrongness of one forecast. Hell hath no fury like this guy who read the wrong paper. But what's he going to do? Sue the stars?
Director: Danny Buday
Writer: Danny Buday
Stars: Cam Gigandet, Jena Malone, Julianna Guill
Genre: Drama

In The Family
Chip has two daddies, and he's lived his whole life with both of them. So when one father dies and leaves Chip to the custody of his sister (instead of to the other adopted father) the surviving dad has a hell of a custody case ahead if he wants to claim his son from the boy's aunt. Austere and determined, In the Family's only downside seems to be a two hour 45 minutes run time.
Director: Patrick Wang
Writer: Patrick Wang
Stars: Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John
Genre: Drama

Stuck Between Stations
Indie-darlings Sam Rosen (Mr. Nobody) and Zoe Lister-Jones (Breaking Upwards) are together in this drama of collegiate ennui and confusion. Casper is at a party on the night before he's deployed to Afghanistan. So is his ex Becky, who's been romantically wayward since they broke up and neither can untangle her self-destruction. Josh Hartnett's cameo helped this film get distribution via Wrenkin.
Director: Brady Kiernan
Writers: Sam Rosen, Nat Bennett
Stars: Sam Rosen, Zoe Lister Jones, Josh Hartnett
Genre: Drama

The Son of No One
Writer-turned-filmmaker Dito Montiel's Guide to Recognizing Your Saints was a smaller hit but did great things for Shia LeBeouf and Channing Tatum, the latter of whom committed to his second film, Fighting, and now this one. About a young Queens cop who discovers a cover-up, Son boasts a high-pedigree cast (Pacino, Binoche, Liotta), suggesting its potential as an arthouse workhorse.
Director: Dito Montiel
Writer: Dito Montiel
Stars: Channing Tatum, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche
Genre: Drama


The second film distributed via Harmony Korine's Drag City Records label, Dragonslayer is about barely legal punks living "underground." While most teens buy their dissent at Hot Topic, these kids emancipate from the Government. Hopping empty pools and abandoned houses, this foreclosure economy turns suburbia into the Wild West. Disillusioned youth officially has a new movie. Won best doc at SXSW.
Director: Tristan Patterson

Rise and Shine - The Jay Demerit Story
Today, footballer Jay Demerit plays on the English Premier League. But before he was a soccer star, he was a Wisconsin kid who painted houses and ate beans and toast so he could play in small leagues. At 24, Demerit went to England to work his way up the soccer food chain. This doc explains his odd route through Sunday Park Leagues and Lions Clubs to international fame.
Directors: Nick Lewis, Ranko Tutulugdzija

Sutro's: The Palace at Land's End
The maker of Playland by the Sea directs another investigative doc about one of San Francisco's great emporiums, The Sutro Baths. An enormous, privately owned complex built for swimming, iceskating and curiosities, Sutro's burned down in 1966, just in time for the city's oddball quotient to be replaced by immigrating hippies. It's a look at the old San Francisco, seen only in glimpses.
Director: Tom Wyrsch

The Other F Word
Director Andrea Blaugard follows Jim Lindberg, veteran member of skate-punk band Pennywise, as he wrestles with fatherhood. Every teen struggles against authority, and every punk makes a career out of undermining, overthrowing or destroying it. So what's a punk to do when he realizes to be a good dad, he has to become the thing he fights? I'm sure there will be crying from both baby and man.
Director: Andrea Blaugrund


Tags: The Look, Klling Bono, Cherkess, Young Goethe in Love, 5 Star Day, In The Family, Stuck Between Stations, The Son of No One, Dragonslayer, Rise and Shine - The Jay Demerit Story, Sutro's: The Palace at Land's End, The Other F Word

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