Indie pix on their way
A selective list of some of the most-talked-about indie titles of the next few months:ARTISAN “Joshua” Based on Joseph Girzone’s bestseller, a charismatic stranger arrives in a small town and soon has a profound effect on the community. Stars Tony Goldwyn, F. Murray Abraham, Kurt Fuller; directed by John Purdy (April 19). “Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie” Animated vegetables find themselves lost on the way to a concert; directed by Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki (September). COWBOY PICTURES “Warm Water Under a Red Bridge” A lonely woman’s explosive orgasms sustain the village’s flora and fauna. Directed by Shohei Imamura (May 10). “All About Lily Chou-Chou” A group of Japanese teens is hooked on the Internet in Shunji Iwai’s pic (July 12). FINE LINE FEATURES “Human Nature” A female naturalist discovers a man born and raised in the wild. Starring, Tim Robbins, Patricia Arquette, Rosie Perez; directed by Michel Gondry (April 12). “Cherish” A woman is accidentally involved in the murder of a policeman in this musical thriller. With Robin Tunney, Tim Blake Nelson, Nora Dunn, Jason Priestley (summer). “Ripley’s Game” Patricia Highsmith’s scheming hero plans his revenge after being scorned at a party. Starring John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Ray Winstone; directed by Liliana Cavani (October). FOX SEARCHLIGHT “The Good Girl” Miguel Arteta’s Sundance favorite stars Jennifer Aniston as a woman who wants a child from her husband, but is unable to conceive with him (summer). “The Dancer Upstairs” John Malkovich directs this pic about a policeman’s search for the leader of guerrilla militants in a Latin American nation. With Javier Bardem (summer). “One Hour Photo” A photo developer gets obsessed with the lives of his longtime customers. Stars Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Gary Cole; directed by Mark Romanek (summer). IDP FILMS “Me Without You” Story of two girls whose close friendship is tested by three tumultuous decades in England. Starring Michelle Williams, Anna Friel, Trudy Styler; directed by Sandra Goldbacher (June 7). “Das Experiment” The lines between reality and experiment blur when 20 people are divided into prisoners and guards for a controlled prisonlike experiment in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s German thriller (fall). “The Man From Elysian Fields” A morality drama about a struggling writer who resorts to desperate measures to support his family. Stars Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies; directed by George Hickenlooper (fall). IFC FILMS “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” Lainie Kazan and John Corbett star in this romantic comedy about the wedding of a Greek American who falls for an Anglo high school teacher. (April 19). “Gangster #1″ Malcolm McDowell, Paul Bettany, Saffron Burrows and David Thewlis co-star in this tale of a gangster’s rise to power. Directed by Paul McGuigan (May 31). “The Safety of Objects” Glenn Close, Joshua Jackson and Dermot Mulroney star in Rose Troche’s adaptation of A.M. Homes’ novel about the intersecting lives of four families. (June 19). LIONS GATE “Frailty” Fenton Meiks (Matthew McConaughey) reveals to investigators that his younger brother is a killer set out to rid the world of evil demons posing as humans. Directed by and starring Bill Paxton (April 5) “The Cat’s Meow” A star-studded excursion aboard William Randolph Hearst’s yacht in 1924 results in an unsolved murder. Stars Edward Herrmann, Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes; directed by Peter Bogdanovich (April 12) “Lovely and Amazing” In this drama directed by Nicole Holofcener, a mother and three daughters struggle to overcome the hurdles of life and come to each other’s aid. Stars Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer (June 28) LOT 47 FILMS “Some Body” A comedy drama based on the life of a schoolteacher whose sexually charged tendencies clash with her desire for stability in her professional life. Stars Stephanie Bennett; directed by Henry Barrial (April 26). “The Fast Runner: Atanarjuat” The first feature written in the Inuit language, this drama tells the story of a runner who finds himself in a love triangle; directed by Zacharias Kunuk (June 7). “13 Moons” An unlikely group of characters comes together to save the life of a young boy. Stars Steve Buscemi, David Proval; directed by Alexandre Rockwell (August) MIRAMAX “Prozac Nation” A young woman deals with her depression at Harvard. Stars Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Jason Biggs; directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg (May 10). “Rabbit-Proof Fence” Three aboriginal girls dragged from their families and forced into domestic servitude escape and try to find their way back home. Stars Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil; directed by Phillip Noyce (June 21). “Tadpole” This Sundance hit follows the twists and turns of a man on his quest to win over the love of his life. Stars John Ritter, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford; directed by Gary Winick (July). PARAMOUNT CLASSICS “The Triumph of Love” Based on the Marivaux play, a fairy-tale princess seeks to restore her homeland’s throne to its rightful owner. Stars Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley, Rachael Stirling; directed by Clare Peploe (April 12). “The Emperor’s New Clothes” A fanciful spin on the death of Napoleon Bonaparte where a plot for an identity swap doesn’t pan out as planned. Stars Ian Holm, Iben Hjejle; directed by Alan Taylor (June 14) “Just a Kiss” A group of thirtysomethings having problems with fidelity gets an opportunity to turn back the clock. With Marisa Tomei, Taye Diggs, Kyra Sedgwick; directed by Fisher Stevens (Aug. 2) SONY PICTURES CLASSICS “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing” A single tale that weaves five stories together about the impact people have on one another. Stars Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Clea DuVall, Amy Irving, Alan Arkin; directed by Jill Sprecher (May) “Sunshine State” (June 21) Two women return to their hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business and encroaching real estate development. With Edie Falco, Timothy Hutton, Angela Bassett; directed by John Sayles (June). “Love Liza” Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as a grief-stricken man who has a difficult time dealing with the death of his wife in helmer Todd Louiso’s Sundance favorite. With Kathy Bates (fall) USA FILMS “The Kid Stays in the Picture” The life story of Hollywood player Robert Evans. Directed by Brett Morgen, Nanette Burstein (summer). “Possession” An English academic and an American scholar discover love letters that lead them to trace a couple’s romantic journey in this adaptation of A.S. Byatt’s novel. Stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam; directed by Neil LaBute (June 7). “8 Women” A murder mystery/comedy about a wealthy patriarch who is found dead, and the women in his life who are the suspects. Stars Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant; directed by Francois Ozon (August). THINKFILM “World Traveler” A successful architect leaves his wife and son behind to discover what’s missing in his life. With Julianne Moore; directed by Bart Freundlich (April 19). “Mystic Masseur” An aspiring young writer’s talents as a healer bring him local fame and political aspirations. Stars Om Puri, Aasif Mandvi, James Fox; directed by Ismail Merchant (May 3). “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” Two Catholic high schoolers create a secret comicbook depicting themselves as superheroes and their teachers as arch villains. Stars Emile Hirsch, Kieran Culkin, Jena Malone, Jodie Foster, Vincent D’Onofrio; directed by Peter Care (June 14). UNITED ARTISTS “Igby Goes Down” Born into the world of old money and unhappy with his stifling lifestyle, a 17-year-old boy sets out to find something better. Stars Kieran Culkin, Claire Daines, Bill Pullman, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Peet; directed by Burr Steers (May 24). “Pumpkin” While coaching mentally challenged athletes for her sorority charity, a sheltered girl (Christina Ricci) falls for her assigned buddy, Coach Pumpkin (Hank Harris); directed by Adam Larson Broder, Tony R. Abrams. (July). “Personal Velocity” Three women examine how childhood experiences and past choices affect their present lives. Stars Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey, Fairuza Balk; directed by Rebecca Miller (fall). UNIVERSAL FOCUS “Ali G Indahouse” A white gangsta rapper wannabe is put in the position of resolving one of England’s biggest political scandals. Directed by Mark Mylod (summer/fall). “The Final Curtain” Two British gameshow hosts compete to get their program picked up by American TV. Starring Peter O’Toole, Aiden Gillen; directed by Pat Harkins ( summer/fall). “Long Time Dead” School kids accidentally invoke an evil spirit with their Ouija board and cannot control the deadly path it takes. Stars Lukas Haas, Alec Newman, Joe Absolom; directed by Marcus Adams (summer/fall). – Compiled by Leora Gul
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