2015: 3. Independent Spirits

by pedrobarrosfafe | created - 22 Jan 2015 | updated - 29 Apr 2016 | Public

EXCLUDING: Oscar nominees (see list "OSCARS 2015"), BAFTA and Golden Globe nominees (see list "BAFTA + GOLDEN GLOBES 2015").

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1. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama

86 Metascore

The story of an autistic youth named Ricky who, after a particularly difficult day at school, escapes into the subways. It's here that he starts his real journey, on a days-long voyage of ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Fleischner | Stars: Jesus Sanchez-Velez, Andrea Suarez Paz, Azul Zorrilla, Tenoch Huerta

Votes: 419

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Best Supporting Female.

* The story of an AUTISTIC BOY who escapes into the subways of NYC for eleven days. It's here that he starts his real journey, on a days-long voyage of discovery while, above ground, his mom frantically searches for him.

2. Love Is Strange (2014)

R | 94 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing -- a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Charlie Tahan

Votes: 11,209 | Gross: $2.25M

Nominated for 4 Independent Spirits 2015: Best Feature Best Screenplay Best Male Lead Best Supporting Male.

Sundance 2014: Premieres

3. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A jaded Japanese woman discovers a hidden copy of Fargo (1996) on VHS, believing it to be a treasure map indicating the location of a large case of money.

Director: David Zellner | Stars: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Kanako Higashi, Ichi Kyokaku

Votes: 10,582 | Gross: $0.62M

Nominated for 2 Independent Spirits 2015: Best Director Best Female Lead.

Won 1 Sundance 2014: Special Jury Prize - Musical Score - Dramatic. Nominated for 1 Sundance 2014: Grand Jury Prize - Director - Dramatic.

4. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 25,242

Nominated for 3 Independent Spirits 2015: Someone to Watch Award - director. Best First Feature Best Cinematography

5. H. (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two women descend into madness after an alleged meteor strike sets off a series of strange events in their town of Troy, N.Y.

Directors: Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia | Stars: Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz, Julian Gamble

Votes: 437

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Someone to Watch Award - director.

6. The Retrieval (2013)

R | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

75 Metascore

On the outskirts of the U.S. Civil War, a boy is sent north by his bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.

Director: Chris Eska | Stars: Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John, Bill Oberst Jr.

Votes: 2,274 | Gross: $0.05M

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Someone to Watch Award - director.

7. Obvious Child (2014)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A twenty-something comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

Director: Gillian Robespierre | Stars: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman

Votes: 20,686 | Gross: $3.12M

Nominated for 2 Independent Spirits 2015: Best First Feature Best Female Lead.

Won 1 Critics' Choice 2015: Best Actress In A Comedy.

8. Dear White People (2014)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

Director: Justin Simien | Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 23,002 | Gross: $4.40M

Nominated for 2 Independent Spirits 2015: Best First Feature Best First Screenplay.

Won 1 Sundance 2014: Special Jury Prize - Breakthrough Talent - Dramatic. Nominated for 1 Sundance 2014: Grand Jury Prize - Director - Dramatic.

9. She's Lost Control (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

59 Metascore

The professional and personal life of a sexual surrogate begins to unravel when she starts working with a new client.

Director: Anja Marquardt | Stars: Brooke Bloom, Marc Menchaca, Dennis Boutsikaris, Laila Robins

Votes: 700 | Gross: $0.00M

Nominated for 2 Independent Spirits 2015: Best First Feature Best First Screenplay.

10. Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt

Votes: 77,475 | Gross: $1.88M

Nominated for 2 Independent Spirits 2015: Best Female Lead Best Screenplay.

Sundance 2014: Spotlight.

11. The Immigrant (2013)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner, Dagmara Dominczyk

Votes: 25,670 | Gross: $2.01M

Nominated for 2 Independent Spirits 2015: Best Female Lead Best Cinematography.

12. Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off.

Director: John Ridley | Stars: André Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga

Votes: 5,491 | Gross: $0.32M

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirits 2015: Best Male Lead.

13. The One I Love (2014)

R | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

66 Metascore

A troubled couple vacate to a beautiful getaway, but bizarre circumstances further complicate their situation.

Director: Charlie McDowell | Stars: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson, Kiana Cason

Votes: 29,931 | Gross: $0.51M

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Best First Screenplay.

Sundance 2014: Premieres.

14. Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 3,256

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Best First Screenplay.

15. Little Accidents (2014)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

56 Metascore

In a small American town still living in the shadow of a terrible coal mine accident, the disappearance of a teenage boy draws together a surviving miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive, and a local boy in a web of secrets.

Director: Sara Colangelo | Stars: Boyd Holbrook, Randy Springer, Jacob Lofland, Beau Wright

Votes: 3,160

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Best First Screenplay.

16. Mommy (I) (2014)

R | 139 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément, Patrick Huard

Votes: 40,638 | Gross: $3.49M

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Best International Film.

17. Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (2013)

TV-MA | 250 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Soliman Cruz

Votes: 1,486

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Best International Film.

18. Man from Reno (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

69 Metascore

A mystery outside of San Francisco brings together small-town sheriff Paul Del Moral, Japanese author Aki Akahori, and a traveler from Reno who soon disappears, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions.

Director: Dave Boyle | Stars: Ayako Fujitani, Pepe Serna, Kazuki Kitamura, Yasuyo Shiba

Votes: 1,595 | Gross: $0.09M

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: John Cassavetes Award - writer, director, producer.

19. Blue Ruin (2013)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

77 Metascore

A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack

Votes: 56,129 | Gross: $0.26M

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: John Cassavetes Award - writer, director, producer.

Sundance 2014: Spotlight

20. Land Ho! (2014)

R | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

A pair of former brothers-in-law embark on a road trip through Iceland.

Directors: Aaron Katz, Martha Stephens | Stars: Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul Eenhoorn, Daníel Gylfason, Þrúður Kristjánsdóttir

Votes: 2,323 | Gross: $0.73M

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: John Cassavetes Award - writer, director, producer.

21. It Felt Like Love (2013)

Unrated | 82 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Lila wants to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on a tough older guy who will "sleep with anyone" and tries to insert herself into his world, putting herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation.

Director: Eliza Hittman | Stars: Gina Piersanti, Jesse Cordasco, Giovanna Salimeni, Nugget

Votes: 1,946 | Gross: $0.03M

Nominated for 2 Independent Spirits 2015: John Cassavetes Award - writer, director, producer Best Cinematography.

22. The Guest (I) (2014)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe, Joel David Moore

Votes: 79,510 | Gross: $0.32M

Nominated for 1 Independet Spirit 2015: Best Editing.

23. Stray Dog (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, War

79 Metascore

A contemplative portrait of Ron 'Stray Dog' Hall: biker, Vietnam Vet, and lover of small dogs.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Ronnie Hall, Felipe Angel Padilla, Felipe de Jesus Padilla

Votes: 169

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Best Documentary.

24. Evolution of a Criminal (2014)

81 min | Documentary

76 Metascore

Tens years after robbing a Bank of America, filmmaker Darius Monroe returns home to examine how his actions affected the lives of family, friends...and victims.

Director: Darius Clark Monroe | Stars: Dante E. Clark, Rosalyn Coleman, Ellie Foumbi, Yvette Ganier

Votes: 243

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Truer Than Fiction Award.

25. The Kill Team (2013)

79 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary that unveils the moral tensions that tear at soldiers' psyches through the lens of one highly personal story: Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Krauss | Stars: Adam Winfield, Christopher Winfield, Emma Winfield, Alaina Winfield

Votes: 1,014

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Truer Than Fiction Award.

26. Approaching the Elephant (2014)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

Year one for Lucy, Jiovanni and director Alexander at the Teddy McArdle Free School in Little Falls, New Jersey, where classes are voluntary and rules created by democratic vote. Wilder is ... See full summary »

Director: Amanda Wilder

Votes: 219

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Truer Than Fiction Award.

27. The Last Season (2014)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Family, War

In search of the lucrative matsutake mushroom, two former soldiers discover the means to gradually heal their wounds of war. Roger, a self-described 'fall-down drunk' and sniper in Vietnam,... See full summary »

Director: Sara Dosa | Stars: Sam and the Band, Joe Berry, Uncle Bob, Sam Doungaphay

Votes: 31

Nominated for 1 Independent Spirit 2015: Truer Than Fiction Award.



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