Here’s a roundup of some of the latest indie movies coming up to keep an eye out for:
Final Portrait (March 23)
Written and directed by Stanley Tucci, Final Portrait is based on the true story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), who in 1964, begs his friend, American writer/critic James Lord (Armie Hammer), to let him paint a portrait. Telling Lord it would only take a few days, the artistic sessions end up lasting for weeks and weeks, and the writer discovers what it’s like to enter the chaotic and brilliant genius of Giacometti’s world, along with witnessing what turns out to be one of the artist’s last masterpieces.
Along with what looks like a great performance by Rush and Hammer (who is having a hot moment right now), the fact this is helmed by Tucci is all the more intriguing. He doesn’t do it all that often but his film’s Big Night and Blind Date are terrific. This looks like it will follow suit. Watch the trailer!
Little Pink House (April 20)
Also based on a true story, Little Pink House centers on the little guy taking on the big bad corporate world. Here’s the official synopsis: A small-town nurse named Susette Kelo (Catherine Keener), who emerges as the reluctant leader of her working-class neighbors in their struggle to save their homes from political and corporate interests bent on seizing the land and handing it over to Pfizer Corporation.
Susette’s battle goes all the way to the US Supreme Court and the controversial 5-4 decision in Kelo vs. City of New London gave government officials the power to bulldoze a neighborhood for the benefit of a multibillion-dollar corporation. The decision outraged Americans across the political spectrum, and that passion fueled reforms that helped curb eminent domain abuse.
Oh great, so it’s going to make me mad. At least it looks like a great starring vehicle for Keener… watch the trailer!
Ismael’s Ghosts (March 23)
And here’s a little foreign film to throw in the mix. The French film follows a filmmaker (Mathieu Amalric), whose life is sent into a tailspin by the return of a former lover, Carlotta (Marion Cotillard), just as he is about to embark on the shoot of a new film with his new love, Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg). I included this because the cast is quite superb, all of France’s top actors, who are also very familiar with American audiences. Check out the trailer!
On Chesil Beach (May 18)
Finally, we have a British indie. In a follow-up to her Oscar-nominated performance in Ladybird, Saoirse Ronan plays a young 1960s woman struggling with pressures on sex as she and her new husband (Billy Howle) navigate their awkward wedding night.
Here’s the official take: Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
I have to admit, there doesn’t seem to be a lot to this movie as far as an inherent conflict. More like one of those small and boring British dramas, but Ronan is also on fire right now, so we’ll see. Check out the trailer.