We all admittedly love watching those, somewhat, obscure Indies every now and again (maybe even prefer them over the more commercial blockbusters) – even if it means having to label ourselves (or having others label us) as hipsters. However, one does not have to identify themselves as being a ‘hipster’ for one to appreciate the more low budget, but equally as compelling and beautiful films that fall under this category. Here are 10 Indies we’re looking forward to watching this year…

The Lobster

Release Date: 11 March
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Angeliki Papoulia

Shout out to all those who managed to catch this film while it was showing as part of the Panorama of the European Film here in Egypt… you can truly count yourselves lucky. This film is set in a dystopian future in which single people have to go to a hotel and find a partner in a certain number of days or else they will be turned into animals. Yes, it sounds strange… but it’s truly like nothing you’ve ever seen before (in all the right ways). We may have already seen this one… but it’s a definite must watch for all those who haven’t.

The Witch

Release Date: 26 Feb
Genre:
Horror
Directed by:
Robert Eggers
Starring:
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

This film is almost like this decade’s version of The Crucible. The premise revolves around a Puritan family in 17th century New England who are torn apart by unexplained forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. Unlike most horror films of this day and age, packed with cliché moments of suspense and poor dialogue, The Witch seems like it’s got a lot more in store for us…

High-Rise

Release Date: 18 March
Genre:
Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Directed by:
Ben Wheatley
Starring:
Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller

With themes such as class inequality, this looks to be a promising film premise with an interesting take on the storyline. The plot revolves around the residents of a luxury tower block, who live together in this isolated community, and how things in the tower spiral out of control as the residents divide into violent tribes.

Everybody Wants Some

Release Date: 15 April
Genre:
Comedy
Directed by:
Richard Linklater
Starring:
Blake Jenner, Zoey Deutch, Tyler Hoechlin

It’s like Dazed and Confused 2.0, but this time around it’s a bunch of college freshman in the 80’s rather than high school seniors in the 70’s. The plot revolves around a group of college baseball players who try to navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. In all honesty, anything Linklater is fine by us… we can’t wait to watch this film and drown ourselves in 80’s nostalgia.

Neon Demon

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Release Date: TBD
Genre:
Horror, Thriller
Directed by:
Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring:
Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Jena Malone

Refn’s latest thriller is all about the darker side of the seemingly glamorous life LA. The plot revolves around an aspiring young model who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who want what she has by any means necessary. Judging by the title as well as the director, this film seems like it will be quite the visually appealing journey.

American Honey

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Release Date: TBD
Genre:
Comedy, Drama
Directed by:
Andrea Arnold
Starring:
Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, McCaul Lombardi

It’s a road trip film – who doesn’t love a road trip film. The film’s storyline revolves around a teenage girl who joins a travelling magazine sales crew on a road-trip across the Midwest, and gets caught up in whirlwind of partying, law bending, and young love. Will it be the new Almost Famous? We highly doubt it (nothing can compare), but we’re excited nonetheless.

Green Room

Release Date: 15 April
Genre:
Horror, Thriller
Directed by:
Jeremy Saulnier
Starring:
Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin

Another thriller lines up for us this year… this film’s premise revolves around a punk band witnessing a murder at one of their concerts, causing them to be stuck in a secluded venue. As huge fans of Yelchin and his choice of indies (to star in), we hope he continues to please…

Demolition

Release Date: 8 April
Genre:
Comedy, Drama
Directed by:
Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper

It’s Gyllenhaal and Watts, so we’re not quite sure if this film qualifies as an indie since the stars aren’t quite obscure enough (we know that’s not how it works, but anyway)… however, the storyline has lured us in enough to not really think about such things. The plot revolves around a successful investment banker whose life unravels after losing his wife in a car crash. He later gradually finds solace in a customer service rep and her son.

Hello, My Name is Doris

Release Date: 11 March
Genre:
Comedy, Drama
Directed by:
Michael Showalter
Starring:
Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs

The fabulous Academy Award winning actress Sally Field stars in this seemingly light-hearted film about a sixty-something woman who, after a self-help seminar, is inspired to pursue her younger co-worker. Also, New Girl lovers will love the fact that Greenfield stars as the charming, young co-worker. We’re ready for the laughs.

Maggie’s Plan

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Release Date: 20 May
Genre:
Comedy
Directed by:
Rebecca Miller
Starring:
Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore

Current indie queen Gerwig stars in this film about a young woman who wants to have a baby on her own, but has her plans stopped short after falling for a married man. Gerwig, Hawke, and Moore coming together for this film seem like more than enough of a reason to check this out.

 

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