Indie Film Release Guide: July 5th [An ONTD Original]

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Spider-Man: Far From Home may be swinging into theaters, but this holiday weekend is fairly light on new indie releases. Ari Aster's Midsommar is by far the biggest of the lot, getting a wide release from indie studio A24. Hopefully, it fares as well as last summer's Hereditary from the same writer/director.

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 28th, June 21st, and June 14th.

Midsommar



Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter
Writer/Director: Ari Aster
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Plot: A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
What you should know: William Jackson Harper is the only American actor in the film.
Opens in: Wide release



Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love



Director: Nick Broomfield
Genre: Documentary, Music
Storyline: An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.
What you should know: The two died within months of each other.
Opens in: Select cities


Phil



Stars: Greg Kinner, Eoin Bates, April Cameron, Jay Duplass
Writer: Stephen Mazur
Director: Greg Kinnear
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Plot: A depressed dentist in mid life crisis tries to learn why one of his happiest patients suddenly commits suicide, and a dark comedic adventure ensues.
What you should know: It was filmed in Canada.
Opens in: Select cities


Cold Blood



Stars: Jean Reno, Sarah Lind, Joe Anderson, David Gyasi
Writer/Director: Frédéric Petitjean
Genre: Action, Thriller
Plot: A hit-man lives isolated in a cabin at the edge of a lake. One day, an injured woman arrives in front of his house. To save her, he could well risk his own life.
What you should know: This is definitely in no way a complete ripoff of Léon: The Professional, also starring Jean Reno. Why would you even think that?
Opens in: Select cities


My Days of Mercy



Stars: Ellen Page, Kate Mara, Elias Koteas, Brian Geraghty
Writer: Joe Barton
Director: Tali Shalom-Ezer
Genre: Drama, Romance
Plot: The daughter of a man on death row falls in love with a woman who is on the opposing side of her family's political cause.
What you should know: This came out in the UK in May, so it might be floating around the internet already.
Opens in: Select cities and on demand


5th of July



Stars: Jaleel White, Gary Anthony Williams, Sean Kanan, Brent Briscoe
Writer: Monty Fisher, Nick Machado, Camilo Vila
Director: Camilo Vila
Genre: Comedy
Plot: A young man struggles to get his universe back in balance after cursing his father during the spreading his ashes. With so many moving parts, can the curse be undone?
What you should know: Actor Brent Briscoe passed away before the film’s release.
Opens in: Los Angeles


Silent Panic



Stars: Sean Nateghi, Joseph Martinez, Jay Habre, Constance Brenneman
Writer/Director: Kyle Schadt
Genre: Thriller
Plot: Three friends discover a dead body while on a camping trip, but cannot agree on whether or not to tell the police.
What you should know: The music over the trailer is incredibly overdramatic.
Opens in: Select cities


Violence Voyager



Stars: Saki Fujita, Derek Petropolis, Shigeo Takahashi, Naoki Tanaka
Writer/Director: Ujicha
Genre: Animation
Plot: On their way to another village, two children are looking for a shortcut through the mountain, but instead stumble into an amusement park called Violence Voyager, and everything goes wrong.
What you should know: This film comes to theaters after making the festival rounds.
Opens in: Select cities


Malaal



Stars: Meezaan Jafri, Sharmin Segal, Badri Chavan, Sameer Dharmadhikari
Writer/Director: Mangesh Hadawale
Genre: Romance
Plot: The story of Shiva and Astha, two very different people from contrasting backgrounds who experience the innocence of love. Does their love find its destination or do they part ways? Stay on this journey to find out.
What you should know: It’s in Hindi.
Opens in: Select cities


The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)



Stars: Gerard Depardieu, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Barrier, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu
Writer: Jean-Claude Carrière, Daniel Vigne, Natalie Zemon Davis
Director: Daniel Vigne
Genre: Crime, Drama
Plot: In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.
What you should know: The film, based on the novel by Janet Lewis, has undergone a 4K restoration for a screening at the Quad Cinema.
Opens in: NYC



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What have you been watching lately? Planning on seeing anything soon? Sorry for the weird timing on this post, back to business as usual next week!