Darn it, we just can’t help ourselves. On Monday we uncovered five amazing films from this week's 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival. Then yesterday, we added five more to our favorite’s list. And now here are another five films to hunt down and watch from what’s becoming our favorite Indie film fest.
Director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo, Chop Shop) has created a slice-of-life fable called At Any Price. Starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, At Any Price is an intelligent, multi-faceted allegory about fathers, sons and the cost of success. Set in the farm country of rural Iowa, the film is “a biting indictment of the opportunism, ambition and moral corruption that increasingly blight the purity of the American Dream”
The interconnectivity of life is perfectly displayed in this first feature from writer/director Lance Edmands which features Mad Men actor John Slattery and an amazing cast. Edmands’ drama uncovers the layers of life that link us in unexpected ways. “Atmospheric cinematography” establishes a lucid sense of space, filling the shadowy corners of the logging town with the prevailing cold. Edmands’s nuanced film portrays a world dictated by life’s cyclical nature, where our control is minimal and forgiveness is necessary.
Harmony Lessons uses striking cinematography to help navigate the complicated landscape of a teenager’s mind after the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Emir Baigazin wrote, edited and directed this fascinating Darwinist first feature.
Before his senior year of high school, Wilt Chamberlain took a summer job at Kutsher’s Country Club, a Jewish resort in the Catskills. By day, he was making $2 an hour. At night, he played on Kutsher’s basketball team, coached by its then-unknown athletic director, Red Auerbach. Mixing interviews with rarely seen archival video, this documentary captures a basketball great in a very different era, the Borscht Belt’s Dirty Dancing-styled heyday.
Brazilian Director Bruno Barreto brings to life 1950s Rio in this beautifully drawn tale of poet Elizabeth Bishop and her love affair with architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Based on the bestselling Brazilian novel Rare and Commonplace Flowers, the film follows Bishop as a creative block prompts her to accept the invitation of a college friend to stay with her and her partner, Lota, on a sprawling country estate. Quintessentially American Bishop is a fish out of water in her new lush and bohemian setting, until the instant chemistry between her and Lota boils over.