Indie Film Release Guide: June 28th [An ONTD Original]

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This week, the major studios bring us Danny Boyle’s Yesterday and an unnumbered Annabelle sequel. And in select markets, there will be big screen re-releases of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and the 1968 drag pageant documentary The Queen.

The films listed are from studios other than the “Big Six” - Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia and Disney. Note that some of the movies listed are in their first week or two of limited release in the USA, so it may take them a few more weeks (or months) to show up in your local arthouse theater or on VOD. Check out the posts from the past few weeks for more movies that may have just opened near you: June 21st, June 14th, and June 7th.

Ophelia



Stars: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton, Clive Owen
Writer: Semi Chellas, Lisa Klein
Director: Claire McCarthy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Plot: Ophelia comes of age as lady-in-waiting for Queen Gertrude, and her singular spirit captures Hamlet's affections. As lust and betrayal threaten the kingdom, Ophelia finds herself trapped between true love and controlling her own destiny.
What you should know: Based on the novel by Lisa Klein
Opens in: Select cities, and VOD on July 5th



Euphoria



Stars: Alicia Vikander, Eva Green, Charles Dance, Charlotte Rampling
Writer/Director: Lisa Langseth
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Plot: Sisters Emilie and Ines have been estranged for years, when Emilie proposes the two reconnect on a mysterious holiday in a remote castle while Ines has no idea of her sister's true motives.
What you should know: Alicia Vikander produced this film through her own production company, Vikarious Productions.
Opens in: Select cities


Maiden



Director: Alex Holmes
Genre: Documentary
Storyline: The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.
What you should know: Premiered at TIFF 2018.
Opens in: Select cities


The Chambermaid



Stars: Gabriela Cartol, Teresa Sánchez
Writer: Lila Avilés, Juan Carlos Marquéz
Director: Lila Avilés
Genre: Drama
Plot: A young chambermaid working in one of the most luxurious hotels in Mexico City enrolls in the hotel's adult education program to help improve her life.
What you should know: Premiered at TIFF 2018
Opens in: Select cities


The Other Story



Stars: Maayan Blum, Maya Dagan, Sasson Gabai, Nathan Goshen
Writer: Avi Nesher, Noam Shpancer
Director: Avi Nesher
Genre: Drama
Plot: Two rebellious young women - one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of faith; the other desperate to transcend her oppressive religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom-cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem, to startling consequences.
What you should know: It’s in Hebrew.
Opens in: Select cities


Three Peaks



Stars: Alexander Fehling, Bérénice Bejo, Arian Montgomery
Writer/Director: Jan Zabeil
Genre: Drama
Plot: Aaron wants to become a family with his girlfriend and her 8-year-old son, but high up in the Italian Dolomites, his attempts to win the boy's acceptance turn into a dangerous power game.
What you should know: It’s multilingual - German, French and English
Opens in: Select cities


Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes



Director: Sophie Huber
Genre: Documentary, Music
Storyline: Founded in New York in 1939 by German Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, the history of Blue Note Records goes beyond the landmark recordings, encompassing the pursuit of musical freedom, the conflict between art and commerce and the idea of music as a transformative and revolutionary force.
What you should know: Director Sophie Huber’s last project was a documentary about actor Harry Dean Stanton.
Opens in: Select cities


Anima



Stars: Dajana Roncione, Thom Yorke
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Genre: Short, Music
Plot: In a short musical film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead scores and stars in a mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.
What you should know: Yorke recently scored the horror film Suspiria.
Opens in: Select cities & on Netflix


The Plagiarists



Stars: William Michael Payne, Lucy Kaminsky, Eamon Monaghan, Emily C. Davis
Writer: James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Robin Schavoir
Director: Peter Parlow
Genre: Drama
Plot: A young couple is shaken by a seemingly fraudulent yet unprovable act that strikes to the core of their cultural pretensions.
What you should know: This is the director’s second feature.
Opens in: NYC


Killers Anonymous



Stars: Gary Oldman, Jessica Alba, Sadie Frost, Suki Waterhouse
Writer: Seth Johnson, Elizabeth Morris, Martin Owen
Director: Martin Owen
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Plot: Tensions mount at a support group for killers, as the members of the group try to unravel the mystery behind which one of them is responsible for the assassination attempt on a U.S. senator that has the police authorities in the city on high alert. But things are not what they seem, and when new truths surface, secret alliances and betrayals emerge as the session explodes into violence and chaos.
What you should know: The NYT review of the film is subtitled “12 Steps to Disaster”.
Opens in: Select cities


Also opening: The Refuge (Trailer), Article 15 (Trailer), Better Days (Trailer), Amplify Her (Trailer), The 16th Episode (Trailer)



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What have you been watching lately, ONTD? Seeing anything this weekend?