Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured from left to right: Animal Kingdom, No One Knows About the Persian Cats, Holy Rollers.
Deals. Five more indies will be seeking your support (and theatrical dollars) in the coming months. Highlights below; hit the links for details, as reported by our friends at indieWIRE.
Animal Kingdom takes a peek inside the criminal underworld in Melbourne, Australia. "Director David Michod has created a well-paced, dark and moody thriller," opined our own Kevin Kelly when the film debuted at Sundance last month. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all US and Latin American rights; release plans have not yet been announced.
No One Knows About the Persian Cats examines the youth and underground music scene in Tehran, Iran. Directed by Bahman Ghobadi, the film gained buzz after debuting at Cannes last year, and will be playing at SXSW next month. Release via IFC in Theaters, (on demand simultaneous with theatrical release), is expected sometime this year.
Holy Rollers features Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) as "a devoted yet wayward Hasidic Jew in late 1990's New York City who somehow becomes involved in an international ecstasy ring." Look for the Sundance premiere to hit theaters in early to mid summer, with distribution to be handled by First Independent Pictures.
Other pickups: Army of Crime (immigrant French Resistance fighters in Paris; Lorber Films expects to release this spring or summer) and Puzzle (Argentine housewife discovers a new gift which may change her life; IFC Films will send it on the fall festival rounds, followed by a theatrical release).
After the jump: Roman Polanski at the box office, and the festival scene.