Every month, Utne Reader previews a selection of current and upcoming independent film and documentary releases. This sampler was curated by editor Ben Sauder.
August 2016 Film Sampler
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Meet the Guilbys
From the producers that brought us Persepolis
comes this family road trip comedy Claire and Maurice, both survivors of previous marriages, have to take their whole family on a road trip to Claire's father's funeral. This tightly knit family is composed of Claire's vegetarian son, Alex, who's secretly fond of Maurice's daughter, Lucie, the teenage rebel. Meanwhile Claire's poet brother is along for the ride. And of course don't forget young Prune, Claire and Maurice's daughter, who will develop a passion for France's emblematic cows. Will this family of misfits survive the trip? (Distributor synopsis)
A Man Called Ove
Stepping from the pages of Frederik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Yet from this inauspicious beginning an unlikely friendship forms and we come to understand Ove’s past happiness and heartbreaks. What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when its shared.
One of Sweden's biggest locally-produced box office hits ever, director Hannes Holm finds the beating heart of his source material and Swedish star Rolf Lassgård, whose performance won him the Best Actor award at the 2016 Seattle Int’l Film Festival, affectingly embodies the lovable curmudgeon Ove. (Distributor synopsis)
Dark Diamond is a poised, stylish, assured thriller about a man who, out of retribution, vows vengeance against his relatives who abandoned him.
Pier Ulmann comes from a family of powerful diamond dealers, who he believes are responsible for his estranged father's death. To take revenge, he insinuates himself back into the family enterprise, with an elaborate caper in mind. (Distributor Synopsis)
Love & Solidarity
Love & Solidarity
is an exploration of nonviolence and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson. Lawson provided crucial strategic guidance while working with Martin Luther King, Jr., in southern freedom struggles and the Memphis sanitation strike of 1968. Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, Lawson continued his nonviolence organizing in multi-racial community and worker coalitions that have helped to remake the LA labor movement.
Through interviews and historical documents, acclaimed labor and civil rights historian Michael Honey and award-winning filmmaker Errol Webber put Lawson's discourse on nonviolent direct action on the front burner of today's struggles against economic inequality, racism and violence, and for human rights, peace, and economic justice. (Distributor Synopsis)