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Inside Indie | New York Film Festival, Week 2

The 'Best of the Fest' continues in our second breakdown

Before the best films hit the mainstream markets, they start off on the film festival circuit.

In Popdust's new column, Inside Indie, we are diving into the world of independent cinema to bring you the latest flicks coming out, in-depth reviews of some of our favorites, and exclusive interviews with the people behind them. Whether it is a foreign language film to impress your friends or a new director making his mark in drama, you will find it here.

We continue our column by taking a look at the second week of the 56th New York Film Festival. Here are the films you definitely cannot miss.


Non-Fiction

Olivier Assayas | 2018 | France | 106 minutes

Set inside the riveting world of book publishing (I mean this wholeheartedly), two couples will find that their lives are intertwined with their projects. They are questioning how quickly the world of publishing is changing and whether or not the written word is dying. But what the characters remain oblivious to is that the change they need to be paying attention to is happening with their own relationships.


High Life

Claire Denis | 2018 | Germany/France/USA/UK/Poland | 110 minutes

A spaceship is the place where death row prisoners are now placed, being sent out into the universe in order to channel the energy of a black hole. But as with Denis's films historically, the plot is not so simple. The structure dissipates into something more complex as the characters explore how closely violence and intimacy can come to one other. Scary and deep, and unlike anything you have ever witnessed before.


ROMA

Alfonso Cuarón | 2018 | Mexico | 135 minutes

Autobiographically-inspired from the life of the director, we are brought into the world of a family in 1970s Mexico City, with a special focus on the role of the live-in nanny. As much as we see the evolution of the characters, we also witness the portrait of a city in a state of change. Black and white cinematography, enchanting music, and an effective use of quiet, open space make this a true beaut of of a production.


Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

Alexis Bloom | 2018 | USA | 107 minutes

The man behind one of the most controversial news organizations in the country has been at the center of much conversation over the past few years. How did the Fox News network play a role in the 2016 election, and how has the network generally under the guidance of Ailes become a right-wing propaganda mecca? A deep process of questioning and an even deeper sense of irony flood this brilliant documentary.


Happy as Lazzaro

Alice Rohrwacher | 2018 | Italy | 128 minutes

After having already made a splash in the international cinema scene, the film has come stateside. We are thrown into the world of tobacco farmers where the namesake teenager is a focal point in a world of deprivation. Going between the past and then moving into the present, the film takes on a fable-like approach in its storytelling, trying to expose us to this world with Christian undertones and a major class divide.


Shoplifters

Hirokazu Kore-eda | 2018 | Japan | 121 minutes

The big winner at this summer's Cannes Film Festival, we are given a stunning portrait of a unique family. They steal food from the market to stay afloat. They take in children from the street and do not consider it kidnapping. They do everything you are not meant to do, and yet they are one of the most honest portraits of a family you may ever see. Moving, charming, and at times humorous, there is a reason this has come in top seed.


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | 2018 | USA | 128 minutes

Who would have thought the Coen brothers would make an appearance at the film festival? In an unique approach to storytelling, this is actually a series of short films of the Western variety, interconnected through genre and protagonist. Mortality floats through the lives of these various characters on the American frontier. It is a surprising (and entertaining) good time.


Really like a film you've seen or know of one coming out soon that we should check out? Shoot me an email and let me know!


Rachel A.G. Gilman is a writer, a former radio producer, and probably the girl wearing the Kinks shirt. She is the creator of The Rational Creature and suggests you check it out. Also visit her website for more.


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