August continues to bring daze, and as the big-budget summer blockbusters begin their annual invasion, those who have no interest in the usual explosive entertainment should look to IndiePix Unlimited, the signature subscription streaming service from IndiePix Films. Counter-programming of the highest order, they’ve carefully curated the “5 Must-See Films of Summer,” suitable for binge-watching indoors or anchoring your own festival.
Highlighted by the all-new digital release Mouton, a compelling French language drama which captured both a Special Jury Prize and Best First Film (from directors Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone) at the prestigious Locarno Film Festival; the essential must see films also include the world cinema festival favorites The Winter (Greece), Crumbs(Ethiopia) and Samson & Delilah (Australia) and Ondi Timoner’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning doc, We Live in Public.
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Mouton (France) Directors Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone borrowed from the cinema-verité handbook with their feature film debut, a highly original drama that follows cheerful 17 year-old, Aurélien Bouvier, also known as Mouton (Sheep). He works in the kitchen of the local seafood restaurant in the little town of Courseulles-sur-Mer on the Normandy coast and enjoys a simple life filled with work friendship and love. But when Mouton suffers a bizarre accident with a chainsaw during the Fête de la Sainte-Anne, the film’s focus turns to those left behind in a drama about which Variety loved the film, gushing: “Films that truly surprise are the rarest of the rare and Mouton‘s originality and intriguing docu-style approach make it impossible to dismiss as just another arty experiment”.
Crumbs (Ethiopia) Called “outlandish and imaginative” by The Hollywood Reporter and “an instant classic” by Movie City News.com, this film is a post-apocalyptic, surrealist science-fiction romance. Set against the background of spectacular Ethiopian landscapes, the film finds a strange-looking scrap collector, Gagano (played by the charismatic Daniel Tadesse). Alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears, the diminutive Gagano has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization, including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. When a spaceship that has been hovering high in the sky for years starts showing signs of activity, Gagano has to overcome his fears–as well as a witch, Santa Claus and second-generation Nazis–to discover things aren’t quite the way he thought. After its World Premiere in the Bright Futures section at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, followed by EFM in Berlin, Crumbs captured a special Nightfall Jury Mention at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, and the New Flesh Award for Best First Feature Film at Montreal’s 19th Annual Fantasia International Film Festival.