Just push play with these hot new Indies available not only in Pittsburgh but, everywhere Nationally for August 16th, 2011.
“Breath“- Exclusively available to rent at Pittsburgh’s premiere Video Rental Store, Dreaming Ant, comes a another fine film by Korean Auteur Kim Ki-duk. Opening with a prison scene, a death-row inmate in a jail cell, repeatedly injures himself to forestall his lethal injection. Meanwhile, a bored, desperate housewife with artistic aspirations, begins to watch on T.V. the news of this prisoner. Drawn to him and becoming more withdrawn from her family, she sets off for a visit at the prison. At first turned away, the housewife is watched via camera by an omniscient security guard and allowed to enter. This guard watches as housewife and prisoner meet and slowly the women tells a tragic tale of almost dying as a child while holding her breath. This story immediately forges a bond between these two disparate characters. Soon, the housewife is visiting every season, decorating the jail cell in images depicting beautiful outdoor scenery all the while being monitored. Each tryst brings them closer and both, her husband and the security guard, begin to manipulate this situation which you know will only end badly for these lovers.
“Jane Eyre“- Driven from her post at Thornfield House by her love for her brooding employer (Michael Fassbender) and his secret past, young governess Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) reflects on her youth and the events that led her to the misty moors in this artful adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel by Director Cary Fukunaga. He worlds away from the violent gangs of Latin America in his excellent debut feature “Sin Nombre” (one of my picks for the Best Indies of 2009).
“Meet Monica Velour“- Appealing Dramedy dressed up as a ’70’s Road Movie involving a nerd (Dustin Ingram) driving across the country in a Weiner mobile to meet the woman of his dreams, an aging Porn Star (Kim Cattrall). Who she herself is a boozie old mother & recent divorcee who doesn’t have anyone either. At first reluctant but, then Monica sees that this boy can help her win a contentious custody battle for her estranged daughter.
“Queen To Play“- Intrigued by a pair of vacationing lovers playing chess, hotel maid Hélène (Sandrine Bonnaire) sets her sights on mastering the game. With some coaching from a doctor (Kevin Kline) who employs her services, Hélène hones her chess skills and begins to notice big changes in her life although, this very newfound passion also threatens to alienate the woman’s family, who perceive a form of infidelity in this obsession.