This has been a great year for indie films not only here in London but all around the world. Movies that will make you laugh and movies that will make you cry; it has truly been a wonderful and versatile year for independent film. Here are the 5 BIFA 2013: Best International Independent Film nominees.

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

Writer: Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix, Julie Maroh

Synopsis: Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and finds herself.

Blue Jasmine

Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Synopsis: A New York socialite deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love…

Frances Ha
Director: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig
Synopsis: A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.

The Great Beauty
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Writer: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello,
Synopsis: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Wadjda
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Writer: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Synopsis: An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

 

The Moet British Independent film Award winners will be announced on Sunday December 8th at Old Billingsgate in London in an event hosted by the actor and BIFA patron James Nesbitt. The event will be live cast by Film3Sixty.

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