September In Movies
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How many of you went to see a movie on Labor Day? See anything good?? Well if you’re looking for more good films to see as the weather cools down this month, our film contributor Sarah is sharing some great recommendations today.
Other countries. Other conflicts. Other characters. Other crises.
One thing I love about film is that it gives me a chance to be immersed in the world of the Other. Sometimes people talk about these two-hour flights to another world as escapism. I think they’re better labeled as mini exercises in empathy. Through the filmmaker’s lens, we get to see through the eyes of someone different than us. We get to picture the world from another point of view. We get to try on perspectives and weigh them against our own. We might even have our minds changed and our hearts engaged.
In September, try these fascinating movies coming soon on for size and see what they do to your own story.
God Help the Girl
Directed by Stuart Murdoch. Starring Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray. In theatres and Vimeo On Demand (rent or buy) September 5. Read Sundance review here.
Already on its way to being a cult favorite with indie music lovers everywhere, God Help the Girl is the first film from Stuart Murdoch, of Belle and Sebastian. I wasn’t the biggest fan when I first saw this (I admit it) charming musical back in January. I was tired. It was chirpy. I think I was mentally pushing it away like I try to fend off my golden retriever’s attempts to wake me up from a nap with sheer cuteness. But the film has depth beyond it’s twee sheen. It takes you back to teenager dreams, angst, and rebellion. It makes you remember what it was like to stand at the edge of Real Life and decide if you were going to run and hide or dive in with all you’ve got. It’s worth a watch…and a listen!
The Green Prince
A documentary written and directed by Nadav Schirman from a memoir by Mosab Hassan Yousef. Read the True/False Film Festival short review here. Limited release on September 12. Find theatres here.
If you’ve been following the latest developments in the Middle East, this is a documentary you won’t want to miss. If you haven’t been following the latest developments in the Middle East, this is also a documentary you won’t want to miss. Schirman humanizes a very complex conflict by telling the story of one Palestinian prisoner and his Israeli handler. The Green Prince plays like a thriller, shocking in its veracity. The film helps you understand more of the long-standing animosity between the two cultures. It also points at unexpected paths toward peace.
Art & Craft
Directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker. Limited release on September 19. Find theatres here.
I saw Art & Craft at a secret pre-screening this winter, and it killed me to not blog about it right away. It’s a nuanced, poignant character study of a one-of-a-kind man. Mark Landis is an art forger. An extremely talented one. Even more rare than his skill is his motivation for deceit. The filmmakers tease out the reasons behind Mark’s meticulously dishonest life while recording his illegal exploits. It’s a fascinating trip down the forgery rabbit hole that will leave you questioning the role of originality in art and sympathizing with Mark…and those left in the wake of his obsessive copying.
Written and directed by Hong Khaou. Starring Ben Wishaw, Pei-pei Cheng and Andrew Leung. Limited release on September 26. Look for theatre announcements here. Read Sundance short review here.
Lilting is an intimate, poetic love story on multiple levels. In flashbacks, we see the idyllic life Kai and Richard built together. In present tense, we see Richard trying to build a friendship with Junn, Kai’s mother. Throughout the film, we sense the affection the filmmaker has for relationships that overcome barriers—of language, of culture, of expectations, of time. As you watch Junn and Richard’s attempts at connection, you’ll start to see some parallels to your own family’s drama, whatever it may be. It’s a gently told morality tale with the lesson “talk to each other” at its heart. A valuable lesson indeed.
Thank you so much for this list – I hadn’t heard of any and am intrigued by all of them. We just saw our first film in 4DX – well 5 min. of it…I love me just a good old fashioned film.
You’re welcome! What did you try to see in 4DX? I’m up for the new tech when the story calls for it…but most stories don’t, methinks. (Lord of the Rings might — so epic.)
These films sound great!! I really want to watch the gone girl, apparently it’s great! Have you seen it?
I haven’t seen it yet — I think it’s out at the beginning of October. Definitely going as soon as I can. Our book club devoured the novel, and I’m a big Fincher fan. Plus, it was filmed just hours south of Kansas City in rural Missouri. So curious about it!