Upcoming independent film releases on VOD, digital and streaming from Friday 9 April 2021

April 9

“A Common Crime” (directed by Francisco Márquez)
Distributor: Sovereign
Where to Find It: Virtual Cinemas and VOD

There are echoes of Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman in this gripping tale of class divisions and ethical responsibility in contemporary Argentina.

“Palm Springs” (directed by Max Barbakow)
Distributor: Amazon Prime Video
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again.

“Sequin in a Blue Room” (directed by Samuel Van Grinsven)
Distributor: Peccadillo
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

A striking 16-year-old gay boy in Sydney, addicted to a hookup app, pursues anonymous sex with older men until this intimacy-averse lad becomes obsessed with one of his tricks in this up-to-the-minute coming-of-age story with the pulse of an erotic thriller.

“Songs My Brother Taught Me”(directed by Chloé Zhao)
Distributor: MUBI
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Johnny and his sister Jashuan live with their single mother on a reservation. When their absentee father dies, Johnny feels compelled to strike out for a new life in LA, but fears leaving his sister behind.

April 12

“Assimilate” (directed by John Murlowski)
Distributor: Blue Finch
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Three friends making a web series about their town discover that their neighbors are being killed and replaced by creatures who are perfect copies of their victims.

“Bittersweet Symphony” (directed by Jamie Adams)
Distributor: Sparky
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

A musician who has just completed her first soundtrack to a Hollywood feature finds her personal life getting complicated.

“Citizen Lane” (directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan)
Distributor: Verve
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Citizen Lane is an innovative mix of documentary and drama that delivers a vivid and compelling portrait of Hugh Lane, one of the most fascinating and yet enigmatic figures in modern Irish history. A man of multiple contradictions, by turns infuriatingly parsimonious or extraordinarily generous, a professed nationalist and a knight of the realm; a monumental snob and a fearless campaigner for access to the arts.

“Sound of Metal” (directed by Darius Marder)
Distributor: Amazon Prime Video
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

April 13

“Cuatro Paredes” (directed by Matthew Porterfield)
Distributor: MUBI
Where to Find It: Various VOD platforms

Karla arrives in Tijuana, Mexico to stay at her estranged aunt’s house a year after her father’s death. In this moment of solitude and calm, she looks up, down, inward, and outward via the transpositional alchemy of text and is reminded that speaking to oneself feels like a vital human practice.

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