Best of Independent Movies - 2016

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1. All of a Sudden (2016)

112 min | Drama

Karsten apparently has it settled. However, in this provincial German town, a moment of weakness turns to disaster, disappointment soon fuels anger, justice hides behind hypocrisy, and evil gradually unfolds.

Director: Asli Özge | Stars: Sebastian Hülk, Julia Jentsch, Hanns Zischler, Sascha Alexander Gersak

Votes: 421

2. David Lynch: The Art Life (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Artist and filmmaker David Lynch discusses his early life and the events that shaped his outlook on art and the creative process.

Directors: Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Jon Nguyen | Stars: David Lynch, Lula Lynch, Edwina Lynch, Donald Lynch

Votes: 4,209 | Gross: $0.17M

3. The Darkest Universe (2016)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

THE DARKEST UNIVERSE is BAFTA-nominated directors Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley's surreal and hilarious follow-up to the critically acclaimed BLACK POND. Described by Sharpe and Kingsley as ... See full summary »

Directors: Tom Kingsley, Will Sharpe | Stars: Will Sharpe, Tiani Ghosh, Joe Thomas, Sophia Di Martino

Votes: 168

4. Frantz (2016)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, History, Romance

73 Metascore

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber

Votes: 10,701 | Gross: $0.88M

5. Albüm (2016)

105 min | Comedy

A middle-class Turkish couple is far from willing to admit they used adoption as a last resort to build a family, and will do anything to keep it a secret.

Director: Mehmet Can Mertoglu | Stars: Sebnem Bozoklu, Murat Kiliç, Muttalip Mujdeci, Müfit Kayacan

Votes: 886

6. Belgica (2016)

127 min | Drama

63 Metascore

The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter, Dominique Van Malder

Votes: 3,714

7. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 207,052 | Gross: $10.64M

8. Staying Vertical (2016)

Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

A film maker has to raise a child by himself whilst looking for an inspiration for his new film.

Director: Alain Guiraudie | Stars: Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphaël Thiéry, Christian Bouillette

Votes: 1,874 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Wiener-Dog (2016)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.

Director: Todd Solondz | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Keaton Nigel Cooke, Tracy Letts, Julie Delpy

Votes: 8,474 | Gross: $0.45M

10. Fire at Sea (2016)

114 min | Documentary

87 Metascore

Capturing life on the Italian island of Lampedusa, a frontline in the European migrant crisis.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi | Stars: Samuele Pucillo, Mattias Cucina, Samuele Caruana, Pietro Bartolo

Votes: 4,890 | Gross: $0.11M

11. The Neon Demon (2016)

R | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman

Votes: 73,308 | Gross: $1.33M

12. Captain Fantastic (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Director: Matt Ross | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso

Votes: 161,051 | Gross: $5.88M

13. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 32,079 | Gross: $0.66M

14. Paterson (2016)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie, Rizwan Manji

Votes: 55,977 | Gross: $2.14M

15. Sieranevada (2016)

173 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

Centers around a family gathering on the anniversary of a patriarch's recent death.

Director: Cristi Puiu | Stars: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, Dana Dogaru

Votes: 3,578

16. Graduation (2016)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Mãlina Manovici

Votes: 10,458 | Gross: $0.18M

17. The Salesman (2016)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Mina Sadati, Babak Karimi

Votes: 42,001 | Gross: $2.40M

18. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Directors: Ken Loach, Laura Obiols | Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

Votes: 44,582 | Gross: $0.26M

19. The Unknown Girl (2016)

Unrated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

A female doctor gets obsessed with the case of a dead woman after learning that the woman had died shortly after having rung her door for help.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella

Votes: 6,162 | Gross: $0.15M

20. Julieta (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

73 Metascore

After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta

Votes: 24,823 | Gross: $1.49M

21. From the Land of the Moon (2016)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

40 Metascore

In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Director: Nicole Garcia | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Alex Brendemühl, Louis Garrel, Brigitte Roüan

Votes: 4,578 | Gross: $0.04M

22. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 18,182

23. Moonlight (I) (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama

99 Metascore

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Director: Barry Jenkins | Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

Votes: 230,345 | Gross: $27.85M

24. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 54,987

25. Toni Erdmann (2016)

R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama

93 Metascore

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade | Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn, Thomas Loibl

Votes: 38,391 | Gross: $1.48M

26. The Student (2016)

Unrated | 118 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Contemporary Russia. A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him.

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov | Stars: Pyotr Skvortsov, Viktoriya Isakova, Yuliya Aug, Aleksandr Gorchilin

Votes: 3,935 | Gross: $0.00M

27. A Monster Calls (2016)

PG-13 | 108 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

76 Metascore

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell

Votes: 71,067 | Gross: $3.73M

28. Clash (2016)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Thriller, War

78 Metascore

Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.

Director: Mohamed Diab | Stars: Nelly Karim, Hani Adel, El Sebaii Mohamed, Ahmed Abdelhamid Hefny

Votes: 4,088 | Gross: $0.02M

29. The Innocents (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History

78 Metascore

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns got pregnant.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne

Votes: 8,051 | Gross: $1.06M



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