Top 10 star-studded indie films this fall

After creating a buzz at film fests, this year's independent films offer small but worthwhile stories with performances that could break out to capture audiences, critics and awards.

The following highlight some of the star-studded stand-outs that could be this year's Black Swan or The Fighter.

My Week with Marilyn
Release dates: November 4 in North America, followed by the UK and Scandinavia
Starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi and Julia Ormond. An adaptation of Colin Clark's memoir about his time with Monroe on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl. Premieres at the New York Film Festival.
Website: http://myweekwithmarilynmovie.com

A Dangerous Method
Release dates: November 10 in Germany, 23 in North America and 30 in France
Starring Viggo Mortensen ( The Road) as Sigmund Freud, Michael Fassbender ( X-Men: First Class) as Carl Jung, Keira Knightley as the psychoanalysts' patient, and Victor Cassel. Director David Cronenberg ( A History of Violence) adapts Christopher Hampton's play, A Talking Cure. Screens at Venice, Toronto and New York film fests.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsSP82TV3Bo
Website: http://adangerousmethod-themovie.com/

The Artist
Release dates: October 12 in France, November 23 in the US, followed by other markets
A black-and-white crowd-pleaser about a Hollywood silent movie star concerned about talkies when a scandal rocks his career. Stars Jean Dujardin ( OSS 117), James Cromwell ( Babe), John Goodman ( Monsters Inc.) and Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange). Screened at Cannes and will play the Toronto Film Festival.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8K9AZcSQJE
Website: http://theartistmovie.net

W.E.
Release dates: December 9 in North America
Madonna's sophomore directorial effort, a romantic drama that focuses on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson juxtaposed with the story of a contemporary couple - a married woman and Russian security guard. Starring Andrea Riseborough ( Made in Dagenham) and Abbie Cornish ( Sucker Punch) and playing the Venice and Toronto film festivals.

Martha Marcy May Marlene
Release dates: October 21 in the US, then opens in Sweden, Germany, the UK and France
This psychological thriller features newcomer Elizabeth Olsen, the sister of twins Mary-Kate and Ashley, playing a haunted young woman who escapes a sinister cult and struggles to adjust. Also stars John Hawkes of Winter's Bone.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERREgOobLOs
Website: http://marthamarcymaymarlenemovie.com

Take Shelter
Release dates: September 30 in the US, followed by the UK, France and more
Starring Michael Shannon ( Revolutionary Road) and Jessica Chastain ( The Tree of Life, The Help), about a family coping with the father's mental illness and apocalyptic visions. Director Jeff Nichols was the winner at Cannes.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvlObjJWfpg
Website: http://www.takeshelterfilm.com

Coriolanus
Release dates: December 1-2 in Russia and the US, followed by the UK and others
Starring Ralph Fiennes in his directorial debut. This adaptation of Shakespeare's war drama is given a contemporary Balkan War setting. The revenge story of a banished former hero who allies with a sworn enemy, played by Gerard Butler ( 300, RocknRolla). Played at the Berlinale and will screen at the Toronto Film Festival.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYrGIQnmxo

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Release dates: September 28 in France, October in the UK in October and December in the US
Stars Tilda Swinton ( The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as the mother of a teenage mass murderer trying to face her son's crime. Based on Lionel Shriver's book and costarring John C. Reilly ( Chicago). Played Cannes and screens at Toronto's film fest.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmf42pkfgZw

Melancholia
Release dates: September 30 in the UK, November in the US
Controversial director Lars von Trier delivers his best-reviewed film starring Kirsten Dunst (Best Actress at Cannes) and Charlotte Gainsbourg in a dystopian tale about a wedding on the eve of the end of the world. The ensemble cast includes Kiefer Sutherland ( 24), Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Alexander Skarsgård and his son Stellan Skarsgård ( True Blood). Plays Toronto and New York film festivals.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J72-86JPd0E
Website: http://www.melancholiathemovie.com

The Rum Diary
Release dates: October 28 in the US, followed by November in the UK and France
Starring Johnny Depp, who produced this film adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel about an American journalist on a booze-driven adventure in 1950s Puerto Rico. Directed by Bruce Robinson ( Withnail & I) with Aaron Eckhart ( Rabbit Hole) and Amber Heard ( Pineapple Express).
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m0yqS3jodU

Among the other contenders vying for attention: Young Adult by director Jason Reitman ( Up in the Air) with Charlize Theron, Albert Nobbs starring Glenn Close as a woman disguised as a man, and Like Crazy featuring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in the Grand Jury winner from Sundance.

RC

 

Arts and Entertainment
Gothic revival: artist Dave McKean’s poster for Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination
exhibition Gillian Orr traces the movement from Bram Stoker to Kate Bush
Arts and Entertainment
TVDessert week was full of the usual dramas as 'bingate' ensued
Arts and Entertainment
Clara and the twelfth Doctor embark on their first adventure together
TVThe regulator received six complaints on Saturday night
Arts and Entertainment
Vinyl demand: a factory making the old-style discs
musicManufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
David Baddiel concedes his show takes its inspiration from the hit US series 'Modern Family'
comedyNew comedy festival out to show that there’s more to Jewish humour than rabbi jokes
Arts and Entertainment
Puff Daddy: One Direction may actually be able to use the outrage to boost their credibility

music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Suha Arraf’s film ‘Villa Touma’ (left) is set in Ramallah and all the actresses are Palestinian

film
Arts and Entertainment
Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint kiss in Doctor Who episode 'Deep Breath'

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Steve Carell in the poster for new film 'Foxcatcher'
filmExclusive: First look at comic actor in first major serious role
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Kingston Road in Stockton is being filmed for the second series of Benefits Street
arts + entsFilming for Channel 4 has begun despite local complaints
Arts and Entertainment
Led Zeppelin

music
Arts and Entertainment
Radio presenter Scott Mills will be hitting the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom
TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The Doctor and Clara have their first real heart to heart since he regenerated in 'Deep Breath'
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Beyonce performs in front of a Feminist sign at the MTV VMAs 2014

music
Arts and Entertainment
Miley Cyrus has taken home the prize for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards 2014

music
Arts and Entertainment
Peter Paige and Scott Lowell in Queer as Folk (Season 5)
tvA batch of shows that 'wouldn't get past a US network' could give tofu sales an unexpected lift
Arts and Entertainment
books... but seller will be hoping for more
Arts and Entertainment
John Kearns winner of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award with last years winners: Bridget Christie and Frank Skinner
comedyJohn Kearns becomes the first Free Fringe act to win the top prize
Arts and Entertainment
Professor Sue Vice
booksAcademic says we should not disregard books because they unexpectedly change genre
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie Muscato performs as Michael Crawford in Stars in Their Eyes

TV
Arts and Entertainment
‘Game of Thrones’

TV
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

    The phoney war is over

    Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
    Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

    Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

    The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
    Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

    Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

    Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
    From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

    Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

    After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
    Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

    Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

    Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
    Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

    Salomé: A head for seduction

    Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
    From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

    British Library celebrates all things Gothic

    Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
    The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

    Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

    The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
    Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

    In search of Caribbean soul food

    Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
    11 best face powders

    11 best face powders

    Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
    England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

    Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

    Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
    Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

    Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

    They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
    Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

    Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

    Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
    Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

    Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

    The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
    America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

    America’s new apartheid

    Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone