The annual BAMcinemafest is a chance to catch the best and brightest of forthcoming indie cinema — a strain of cinema often characterized and beloved for being more “real” than its super-sized counterpart. However true that is is up for debate, but this year’s lineup plays like a fun-house mirror of our world right now, teeming with fascists, elaborate lies, social decline and, in two cases, gun violence.
The fest’s main goal is to mix little wonders with small-time biggies. In their latter camp there’s Todd Solondz’s “Wiener-Dog,” Ira Sachs’ “Little Men,” Ti West’s Western “In a Valley of Violence” and Chad Hartigan’s “Morris from America.” Here are eight others worth keeping an eye on:
‘The Alchemist Cookbook’
The hero of Joel Potrykus' latest look at the bored and clueless (after last year's "Buzzard") plays like "The Evil Dead" where the hero wants to bring the pain. A young hermit (“Gimme the Loot”’s Ty Hickson) living in the woods decides it's a good idea to play with deadly spirits, and is miffed when they're not quick to tear his soul apart. As ever, Potrykus has a feel for idle time-wasting and deadpan hijinks. If he's not as strong this round — with few of the stand-out, one-take set pieces that made “Buzzard” an instant classic — he confirms himself as a true eccentric with a deep affinity for society’s happy and dirty outcasts.