There is a plethora of limited releases opening in theaters across the country this weekend that you should definitely consider checking out. First up is a new musical drama from director John Carney (Once, Begin Again) titled Sing Street, which follows a group of young Dubliners in 1980s London who decide to form a band while experiencing the ups and downs of youth, life, and rock and roll.
Next up is another drama titled Sworn Virgin from writer/director Laura Bispuri (Passing Time, Biondina), which is a dramatic adaptation of Elvira Dones’ 2006 documentary and novel about a woman who, after having declared eternal virginity and lived for years as a man, decides to return to life as a woman while living in modern-day Milan. Rio, I Love You is a collection of short films, all which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and features a series of directors working on this third installation in this series; this new film is the first in the series that is being released in the United States, so I can’t tell you whether or not it’s important that you’ve seen the last two films.
Our Last Tango is a documentary based on the life of Argentina’s famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met and danced together for nearly 50 years before a painful separation. It features both dancers telling their tale to a group of students who then interpret the stories by dancing (actually sounds pretty cool).
Last for this week is a new historical drama called Colonia with Harry Potter and Perks of Being a Wallflower star Emma Watson from director Florian Gallenberger (Honolulu, Shadow of Time), which focuses around a young couple in the middle of the 1973 Chilean military coup. Again, can’t speak to how historically accurate it is, but it is based on actual events that are very much a root cause of problems facing the South American region today, so if it’s available in a theater near you, be sure to see it if you can. Enjoy!