The Ten Best Indie Films Coming to Miami This Summer
In the midst of a summer packed with huge blockbuster features (Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and even Guardians of the Galaxy), it's often nice to take a seat and watch something that's a little less huge in scale. But the summer movie machine often has the effect of erasing all those independent or smaller-scale films that deserve audiences' attentions; in viewers memories, the little guys are all too often shoved aside to make way for another explosion.
And that's a shame, because the offerings at your local indie theater are particularly great this summer. Here's what's coming up, from buzz-worthy festival winners to under-the-radar pictures you've never heard of.
10. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch)
There's no one better to start off a list about slowing down for something small-scale than a director who makes films as intimate as Jim Jarmusch does. And with all the mass death that goes unspoken of in every disaster flick this year, we all need a little reminder of how death affects us all; whether that means living too long, having life cut short, or simply being the living dead. What Jarmusch presents us with, through the brilliant Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, is a fascinating and meditative take on the vampire narrative. His characters don't even remotely embody the kind of bloodsuckers that pop culture has been barraging the world with lately, but it's exactly that fact that makes Only Lovers Left Alive one to look out for.
The film is currently showing at O Cinema, with the Miami Beach Cinematheque following soon after.
9. Young & Beautiful
François Ozon has made a living with films that investigate the psychosexual development of all sorts of people. Here, in a film that almost entirely reflective of his own career and all the experimentation with sexuality that it's done, his lens is focused on a budding young woman who moonlights as a prostitute. It's a simple, sensual film, and one that warrants a rewatch months after its premiere at the Miami International Film Festival.
The film is showing at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, Cosford Cinema, and Tower Theater.