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Fall Indie Film Preview

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Prepare to see stars in your local arthouse as the summer turns to fall. Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Drew Barrymore will all grace celluloid in the coming months. There are new films from star directors — Tarantino! Campion! Soderbergh! Coen brothers! Even the new documentaries are driven by stars — Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story,” LeBron James’ “More Than a Game” and Anna Wintour’s “The September Issue.” And then, as Matt Singer will tell you, there are breakout stars who you should start catching up with now. In between, there’s epic animation (“Ponyo” and “9”), an astounding array of asskicking (“Ong Bak 2” and “Black Dynamite”) and Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist,” proving there’s there’s just about something for everyone this fall at the multiplex. (And if not there, make sure to check out what films you can catch in the comfort of your own home on demand, online, and on DVD and at your local repertory theater.)

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August 7

Paper Heart

“Paper Heart”

The Cast: Charlyne Yi, Jake Johnson, Michael Cera
Director: Nicholas Jasenovec
Fest Cred: Sundance, Seattle, Los Angeles
The Gist: As hard as it is to define Yi’s unique brand of humor (which she deftly applied as the lone female in the “Knocked Up” animal house), it might be even harder to describe the romantic comedy in which she plays herself as a woman who doesn’t believe in love, featuring real woman-on-the-street interviews with successful couples while she starts a relationship with her (maybe) real-life boyfriend Michael Cera. The hybrid of woman-on-the street interviews, handmade dioramas and injections of narrative interludes earned Yi and co-writer/director Jasenovec the Waldo Salt screenwriting prize at this year’s Sundance.

The Cast: Maggie Hatcher, Tilly Hatcher, Alex Karpovsky, Katy O’Connor
Writer/Director: Andrew Bujalski
Fest Cred: Berlinale, SXSW, Buenos Aires
The Gist: “Mutual Appreciation” director Bujalski continues to make a personal travelogue of places he’s lived with this Austin-set story of twin sisters who find themselves simultaneously in a rut in their professional and personal lives.

The Cast: Talat Bulut, Özgü Namal, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran
Director: Abdullah Oguz
Fest Cred: Copenhagen, Vancouver, Cleveland
The Gist: Based on Zülfü Livaneli’s novel of the same name, this Turkish thriller stars Namal as a 17-year-old girl whose family approves an honor killing after fearing her chastity’s been taken and recruits a distant cousin to carry out the act during a long boat trip, only things get complicated when the cousin starts to have feelings for her.

“By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”
Directors: Amy Rice and Alicia Sams
The Gist: Rice and Sams started rolling their cameras on the then-Illinois senator in 2006 before he announced his candidacy for the presidency and subsequently got hundreds of hours of behind the scenes footage from the historic campaign. Bankrolled by Edward Norton, Sony and HBO are taking the doc out for a one-week awards qualifying run in Los Angeles before a full theatrical release later this fall.

“Cloud 9”
The Cast: Ursula Werner, Horst Rehberg, Horst Westphal
Director: Andreas Dresen
Fest Cred: Cannes, Munich, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Berlinale
The Gist: Fitting alongside nicely with Paul Cox’s 2000 sexually charged septuagenarian romance “Innocence,” Dresen’s drama stars Werner as a 67-year-old clothier who finds her passion reignited during a torrid affair with an 76-year-old widower. The film arrives in America after winning a slew of awards abroad, beginning with its Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes in 2008 and German Film Awards for Werner as best actress and Dresen as best director.

“Cold Souls”
The Cast: Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, Emily Watson, David Strathairn, Katheryn Winnick, Lauren Ambrose
Writer/Director: Sophie Barthes
Fest Cred: Sundance, Cannes, Seattle, Los Angeles, Sydney
The Gist: Don’t call it a Charlie Kaufman movie, but Sophie Barthes’ feature directorial debut enters into some similar metaphysical territory with Giamatti starring as a self-important version of himself who discovers a doctor (Straithairn) that can remove and store souls for safe keeping.

“El Tinte De La Fama”
The Cast: Elaiza Gil, Alberto Alifa, Mirtha Borges, Miguel Ferrari
Director: Alejandro Bellame Palacios
The Gist: Last year’s Venezuelan Oscar entry is Palacios’ feature debut, a surrealist plunge into the intoxicating waters of stardom, following a blond beauty who’s egged on by husband to enter a televised Marilyn Monroe look-a-like contest. Her fragile psyche begins to fracture as events in her life begin to oddly mirror those of the real Monroe.

“I Sell the Dead”
The Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ron Perlman, Larry Fessenden, Angus Scrimm
Writer/Director: Glenn McQuaid
Fest Cred: Sitges, Slamdance, Glasgow, Rotterdam, Glasgow, Seattle
The Gist: A throwback to the Hammer films of the ’60s that opened this year’s Slamdance Film Festival, this black comedy stars Fessenden and Monaghan as a pair of grave robbers whose adventures with shovels are chronicled shortly before they get the axe.

“12 in a Box”
The Cast: Brian Mitchell, Anjella Mackintosh, Kenneth Collard, Katy Wix, Paul Williamson, Clare Welch
Writer/Director: John McKenzie
Fest Cred: Berlinale, Boston, Zurich
The Gist: Though it’s advertised as a comedy, this British import might seem more like a terrifying version of “Big Brother” where a dozen former classmates reunite for a weekend in the country and are propositioned to stay 96 hours without leaving the premises in order to win a million pounds. Enough hijinks ensue to make the guests think about changing their friends on Facebook.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.