Independent Film: 360

Why are so many great independent films barely noticed when there are millions of mainstream films receiving global attention?!

Brasilian director, Fernando Meirelles realized and created a dramatic romance thriller, 360 which ties the lives of people from different social and cultural backgrounds together.

As the director of internationally loved films, City of God and The Constant Gardener, there is a flare of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and intensity following the storylines of multiple characters around this wonderful array of the intertwined relationships based on sexual encounters set in Vienna, Bratislava, Paris, London, Rio, Denver, Phoenix and Berlin.

In the opening, Mirka, stage name Blanka stars as Lucia Siposová trying to make a living as an escort by entertaining business clientele. Her sister, Anna (Gabriela Marcinkova) accompanys her to the hotels but waits nearby and one day develops a relationship with a client’s driver, Sergei (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) who is more lost than ever and losing his wife, Valentina (Dinara Drukarova) to her devout Islamic Muslim dentist boss, Imam (Djemel Barek) who is suffering from their office flirtation and seeks professional psychiatric help.

The plot thickens when auto dealmaker, Michael Daly (Jude Law) almost sleeps with Blanka but then remembers he’s married to Rose (Rachel Weisz) who happens to already have a continuous fling  with a Brasilian photographer, Rui (Juliano Cazarré) who is cheating on his girlfriend, Laura (Maria Flor) who contemplates leaving him after finding out about the infidelity.

During Laura’s departure from London, there’s a snowstorm in Denver that delays and cancels flights allowing her to befriend an old man (Anthony Hopkins) who’s on a journey to Arizona find his missing college student daughter. The two have great friendly conversation and arrange to meet although Laura meets another young man, Tyler (Ben Foster) who is a newly released sex offender. Things take a turn when the young acquaintances end up in an airport accommodated hotel room, what will happen? Watch to find out, it’s quite interesting and psychological.

The film was inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s classic La Ronde and written by Peter Morgan with several modern and dynamic episodes that maintain this captivating narrative between all the love triangles, the vivid imagination and suspense keep viewers enticed. Along with how the film is shot fantastically well with close-ups, aerial views, Photoshop experimentation with stills and the technique of slicing different scenes together in one frame as each character develops.

Independent film is escalating within the film industry. One actor has even departed from the big budget screens to join the independent film community. According to the Indiewire, Shia LaBoeuf recently claimed that the independent film directors supply funds and trust actors allowing them space to find themselves as opposed to the orders given when working with a studio crew. At the moment, LaBoeuf is discussing his role for Lars von Trier’s indie film “Nymphomaniac,” a very sexually explicit film set for a 2013 release.

The independent film industry is a professional community which features films outside of the film studios but has this amazing way of producing films with substance, content, style and artistic vision which are usually limited in theaters nowadays but I find them to be a lot more entertaining regarding distribution and production.

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