The early months of the year are traditionally the softest — not just for the studios, but for indies as well, since the audiences who usually haunt the art-houses are still catching up with the big end-of-the-year prestige pics and Oscar picks. But we’ve sussed out a handful of smaller February releases that are worth your time – a reasonably eclectic mix of genre flicks, relevant docs, thoughtful dramas, and even a cat movie.
Release Date: Out now
Director: Tomer Heymann
No, it’s not a profile of Lady Gaga’s dad. Documentarian Heymann crafts this fascinating profile of modern dance choreographer/legend Ohad Naharin, beginning with his childhood in Israel and early days as a dancer, alternating his physical and artistic journey. In the process, via fascinating archival footage and overwhelming montages, Heymann captures the thrilling uniqueness of Naharin’s work – as well as a vibrant portrait of his artistic process, in which dance functions as communication, survival, and healing. Sensitive, intelligent, and awe-inspiring.