Welcome to The (Mostly) Indie Film Calendar, a weekly look at what's happening beyond the multiplexes all around North America. If you know of something indie-related happening near you -- a local festival, a series of classic restored films, lectures, workshops, etc. -- send the info to me at Eric.Snider(at)weblogsinc(dot)com and I'll add it to the list.

First, three indie films are hitting theaters in select cities this weekend, so have a look, and pray your city was selected:
  • The Signal bears an unfortunate (and coincidental) resemblance to Stephen King's novel The Cell, but never mind that. Told in three segments, each with a different tone and director, the horror-comedy is about a mysterious signal that goes out over all the TVs, radios, and cell phones and turns people into violent killers. Cinematical's Scott Weinberg saw it at Sundance 2007 and called it "one viciously fun little genre flick." For what it's worth, I was sitting next to him, and I thought the movie was awesome, too. Opens today on about 100 screens nationwide.
  • The Duchess of Langeais is based on a Balzac novella (tee-hee ... "Balzac") about a soldier whose old flame is now a nun. Sorry, that's all I got. It opens today in New York.
  • The Counterfeiters tells the true story of concentration camp prisoners forced by the Nazis to make fake British pounds and American dollars in order to flood the market and ruin those countries' economies. (If my paycheck is any indication, it worked.) It opens today in New York and L.A. -- and not a moment too soon, as it's up for a foreign-language Oscar on Sunday. It stands a good chance of winning, too, what with being about Nazis and all.
Now then! On to our city-by-city tour of what's cool for the next seven days....
categories Features, Cinematical