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Trailers: Tilda Swinton, Sean Penn, and More

A Sampling of Tempting Indie Fare

The splendid Tilda Swinton in

Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Above: The splendid Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Here are some trailers and clips from upcoming indie films that piqued my interest. Hope you enjoy!

First of all, Tilda Swinton is one of my favorite actresses and I will seek out anything she's in because even if the film turns out to be bad, she is always magnificent. Her latest film, "We Need to Talk About Kevin," played at Cannes in May and is set for September release. The film is also tantalizing because it is the first feature from British director Lynne Ramsey since the 2002 "Morvern Caller." Her first feature was "Ratcatcher"in 1999 and I have been a fan of her dark, yet rapturous vision. Plus we have so few truly outstanding women directors out there to champion that I want to make sure and highlight her work whenever I can. I don't know why she has been absent from features for so long but I'm glad she's back. Here's a taste of "Wee Need to Talk About Kevin."

"This Must Be the Place" had its premiere at Cannes this past May and it serves up Sean Penn as a retired rock star in search of his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who's a refugee in the U.S. This comes from Italy's

Paolo Sorrentino who gave us one of the best films of 2008, "Il Divo." Frances McDormand co-stars in what could be a delight or a disaster. We won't know till December which it will deliver.

And here's the film that walked away with the top prize from Canada's Fantasia Film Festival, Denmark's "Clown/Klovn."

Last year The BlackList Art and FIlm Festival screened the mesmerizing short "Danse Macabre" from Pedro Pires. He now has a new short called "Hope" that looks promising from this all too short teaser. The film is described in the Toronto International Film Festival program notes as: "A dying General's final moments on the battlefield takes us on a visceral, and stunningly visual journey into death in Pedro Pires' phenomenal follow up to his award-winning 'Danse Macabre.'"

Scheduled for both Telluride and the New York Film Festival is the latest from Pedro Almodovar and Antonio Banderas, "The Skin I Live in" about a plastic surgeon and his desire to create a protective skin.

And finally a Canadian indie horror flick called "Comforting Skin."

So if you think there's nothing good or interesting on the horizon, think again.

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