Indie Close-Up: Gael Garcia Bernal Explores 'The Loneliest Planet,' Plus A Pair of Must-See Documentaries

Gael Garcia Bernal returns to theaters this weekend in the dramatic thriller The Lonelist Planet while a pair of well-received documentaries get a limited run and Nicolas Winding Refn's 2010 crime drama Pusher gets remade. Let's see what else is in limited release this weekend...

Pusher

This remake of Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's 2010 action crime drama stars Richard Coyle as a street dealer whose life spins out of control over the course of a week after he borrows money  from his supplier. Things go awry of course and time ticks down as the supplier demands payment. Though it hasn't been a hit with critics, the film was nominated for Best Film at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival.

 

The Loneliest Planet

Gael Garcia Bernal  and Hani Furstenberg headline this dramatic thriller about an engaged couple backpacking in the Caucus Mountains. Their trip takes a misstep that reveals betrayal, forgiveness and ultimately, love. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at last year's AFI Fest.

 

Sleep Tight

If you're in the mood for more horror movie madness, this Spanish thriller may be worth checking out. The plot is pretty simple – an apartment superintendent keeps watch over his tenants and enjoys inflicting pain on them. He's set his sights on the occupant of apartment 5B, whose life is about to become filled with a sense of unease and disturbing twists. Winner of six awards at this year's Gaudi Awards (essentially Catalonia's Oscars) and nominated in a total of 15 categories, Sleep Tight conjours up memories of Hilary Swank's The Resident, but with a dash of artsy flair and, well, better acting.

 

The Revisionaries

Centered on the theory of evolution and the Texas school board's attempt to change the way K-12 teachers in their school instruct their students, Scott Thurman's documentary focuses on an unabashed Creationist seeking re-election as chairman of America's most influential Board of Education. The film opens in California and Texas this weekend with subsequent release dates to follow. You can check the full list of playdates here. The Revisionaries won the Special Jury Award at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

The Other Son

Though this is a birth-swapping story, it's not your usual double trouble type of comedy. Instead, this drama centers on two young men, one Isreali and one Palestinian who discover they were accidentally switched at birth. The revelation turns their families upside-down, forcing them to re-examine their respective identities, values and beliefs.

 

Orchestra of Exiles

There are certainly no shortage of documentaries focusing on various events that took place during the Nazi movement. This particular documentary centers on the prodigious Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman who saved hundreds of Jewish families from the approaching Holocaust and eventually goes on to create the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. The film is helmed by the Oscar-nominated director of Sound and Fury, Josh Aronson.

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