2017: 3. Independent Spirits

by pedrobarrosfafe | created - 05 Feb 2017 | updated - 01 Mar 2017 | Public

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 nominees. * EXCLUDING: Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA 2017 nominees.

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1. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

Votes: 159,053 | Gross: $25.14M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (2n|2w)

  • Best First Feature [w]
  • Best First Screenplay (Robert Eggers) [w]


Critics Choice Awards 2016/2017 (1n|0w)
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie


London Critics Circle Film Awards 2017 (1n|0w)
  • Young British/Irish Performer of the Year (Anya Taylor-Joy)


Sundance 2015: U.S. Dramatic Competition
  • Directing Award - Dramatic (Robert Eggers)

2. Other People (I) (2016)

Unrated | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.

Director: Chris Kelly | Stars: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford, Maude Apatow

Votes: 7,869 | Gross: $0.09M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (4n|0w)

  • Best First Feature
  • Best Male Lead (Jesse Plemons)
  • Best Supporting Female (Molly Shannon)
  • Best First Screenplay (Chris Kelly)


Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic

3. Swiss Army Man (2016)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert | Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Antonia Ribero

Votes: 93,541 | Gross: $4.21M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (2n|0w)

  • Best First Feature
  • Best Editing (Matthew Hannam)


Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic
  • Directing Award - Dramatic

4. The Fits (2015)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama, Music

90 Metascore

While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.

Director: Anna Rose Holmer | Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Da'Sean Minor, Lauren Gibson

Votes: 4,080 | Gross: $0.17M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (2n|1w)

  • Best First Feature
  • Someone to Watch Award [w]

5. Chronic (2015)

R | 93 min | Drama

69 Metascore

A home care nurse works with terminally ill patients.

Director: Michel Franco | Stars: Tim Roth, David Dastmalchian, Sarah Sutherland, Elizabeth Tulloch

Votes: 2,640 | Gross: $0.01M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (2n|0w)

  • Best Feature
  • Best Male Lead (Tim Roth)

6. The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

115 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A chronicle of the childhood of a post-World War I leader.

Director: Brady Corbet | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau

Votes: 5,062

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (2n|0w)

  • Best First Feature
  • Best Cinematography

7. Certain Women (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama

82 Metascore

The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, James Le Gros

Votes: 10,499 | Gross: $1.03M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (2n|0w)

  • Best Director (Kelly Reichardt)
  • Best Supporting Female (Lily Gladstone)


Sundance 2016: Premieres

8. Free in Deed (2015)

TV-MA | 100 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Set in the distinctive world of storefront churches, based on actual events, Free in Deed depicts one man's attempts to perform a miracle. When a single mother brings her young son to ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Mahaffy | Stars: David Harewood, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Kathy Smith, Helen Bowman

Votes: 145

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (4n|0w)

  • Best Male Lead (David Harewood)
  • Best Supporting Female (Edwina Findley Dickerson)
  • Best Cinematography
  • John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)

9. A Bigger Splash (2015)

R | 125 min | Drama, Thriller

74 Metascore

The vacation of a famous rock star and her boyfriend in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson

Votes: 23,851 | Gross: $1.98M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best Supporting Male (Ralph Fiennes)

10. Morris from America (2016)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

The romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.

Director: Chad Hartigan | Stars: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Patrick Güldenberg

Votes: 4,740 | Gross: $0.09M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best Supporting Male (Craig Robinson)


Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic
  • Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
  • Special Jury Award - Dramatic - Individual Performance

11. Little Men (2016)

PG | 85 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García, Theo Taplitz

Votes: 6,182 | Gross: $0.70M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (2n|0w)

  • Best Supporting Female (Paulina García)
  • Best Screenplay (Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias)


Sundance 2016: Premieres

12. Christine (2016)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 11,526 | Gross: $0.30M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best First Screenplay (Craig Shilowich)
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2017 (1n|0w)
  • British/Irish Actress of the Year (Rebecca Hall)

13. Barry (II) (2016)

104 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Director: Vikram Gandhi | Stars: Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane

Votes: 5,479

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best First Screenplay (Adam Mansbach)

14. Jean of the Joneses (2016)

82 min | Comedy

Chaos ensues after the estranged patriarch of the Jones family dies on their doorstep. When the paramedic who answers their 911 call tried to win over acerbic Jean Jones, his attempts are ... See full summary »

Director: Stella Meghie | Stars: Anna Hopkins, Gloria Reuben, Sherri Shepherd, François Arnaud

Votes: 219

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best First Screenplay (Stella Meghie)

15. The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

R | 76 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.

Director: Nicolas Pesce | Stars: Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Olivia Bond, Paul Nazak

Votes: 9,726 | Gross: $0.03M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best Cinematography

16. Aquarius (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 146 min | Drama

88 Metascore

Clara, a 65 year old widow and retired music critic, was born into a wealthy and traditional family in Recife, Brazil. She is the last resident of the Aquarius, an original two-storey ... See full summary »

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho | Stars: Sônia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão

Votes: 15,470 | Gross: $0.29M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best International Film


Cannes 2016: In Competition

17. My Golden Days (2015)

R | 123 min | Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Paul is preparing to leave Tajikistan, while thinking back on his adolescent years. His childhood, his mother's madness, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and the love of his life.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin | Stars: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric, Dinara Drukarova

Votes: 2,887 | Gross: $0.27M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best International Film

18. Chevalier (2015)

Unrated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

A fishing trip in the Aegean Sea among a sextet of friends becomes the perfect setting for a relentless contest of male dominance. Everything can spark a fierce competition; but, only one can wear the precious chevalier. Who will it be?

Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari | Stars: Vangelis Mourikis, Nikos Orfanos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, Yiorgos Kendros

Votes: 3,637 | Gross: $0.03M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best International Film

19. Sonita (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami | Stars: Sonita Alizadeh, Latifah Alizadeh, Fadia Alizadeh, Ahmad Ahmadi

Votes: 702

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best Documentary

20. Cameraperson (2016)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary

86 Metascore

Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.

Director: Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Jacques Derrida, Kirsten Johnson, Roger Phenix

Votes: 1,950 | Gross: $0.10M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Best Documentary
London Critics Circle Film Awards 2017 (1n|0w)
  • Documentary of the Year

21. Lovesong (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

The relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip.

Director: So Yong Kim | Stars: Riley Keough, Jena Malone, Jessie Ok Gray, Cary Joji Fukunaga

Votes: 3,373 | Gross: $0.01M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)

22. Hunter Gatherer (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

70 Metascore

After a 3-year stint in prison, an unreasonably optimistic middle-aged man returns to his stagnant neighborhood to win back his girlfriend only to find that she and his family have done what they always wanted to do - forget he exists.

Director: Josh Locy | Stars: Andre Royo, Jeannetta Arnette, Nicholas Anthony Reid, Kellee Stewart

Votes: 562

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)

23. Nakom (2016)

90 min | Drama

70 Metascore

Upon his father's sudden death, a talented medical student must return to his home village in Ghana to fight for his family's survival.

Directors: Kelly Daniela Norris, T.W. Pittman | Stars: Jacob Ayanaba, Grace Ayariga, Justina Kulidu, Shetu Musah

Votes: 145

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)

24. Spa Night (2016)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama

76 Metascore

A closeted Korean-American teenager takes a job at a Korean spa to help his struggling family, only to discover an underground world of gay sex at the spa that both scares and excites him.

Director: Andrew Ahn | Stars: Joe Seo, Youn Ho Cho, Haerry Kim, Topher Park

Votes: 957 | Gross: $0.04M

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (2n|1w)

  • John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000) [w]
  • Someone to Watch Award


Sundance 2016: U.S. Dramatic
  • Special Jury Award - Dramatic - Breakthrough Performance

25. Hooligan Sparrow (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

State surveillance. Harassment. Imprisonment. Human rights activist Ye Haiyan, AKA Sparrow, knew she faced these risks when she went to Hainan Province to seek justice for six elementary ... See full summary »

Director: Nanfu Wang | Stars: Ye Haiyan, Huang, Wang Jianfen, Tang Jitian

Votes: 331

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|1w)

  • Truer Than Fiction Award [w]

26. Solitary (II) (2016)

TV-14 | 81 min | Documentary

See what it's like inside the maximum security prison. Kristi goes inside where no cameras are allowed. Red onion state prison is in southwest Virginia. mountains in all directions.

Director: Kristi Jacobson

Votes: 296

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Truer Than Fiction Award

27. Kiki (2016)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

A group of LGBTQ youths of color unite to form a safe gathering space.

Director: Sara Jordenö | Stars: Loretta Coombs, Takima Coombs, Afrika Juicy Couture, Bootz Juicy Couture

Votes: 451

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Truer Than Fiction Award

28. Embers (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

55 Metascore

After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory.

Director: Claire Carré | Stars: Jason Ritter, Iva Gocheva, Greta Fernández, Tucker Smallwood

Votes: 1,837

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Someone to Watch Award

29. Women Who Kill (2016)

93 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

78 Metascore

Commitment phobic Morgan and her ex-girlfriend Jean, locally famous true crime podcasters, suspect Morgan's new love interest is a murderer.

Director: Ingrid Jungermann | Stars: Annette O'Toole, Sheila Vand, Deborah Rush, Tami Sagher

Votes: 504

Independent Spirit Awards 2017 (1n|0w)

  • Someone to Watch Award



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