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Indie Debuts

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Before their respective careers took off in ingenious mainstream directions, New York auteurs Lena Dunham, Josh Safdie, and Benny Safdie all started humbly with these two independents features. Both sharing a similar sense of Intimacy, charm, and clear understanding of alienation as experienced by twenty-somethings—these films distinctly stand out amongst the crowd of similarly themed films reckoning with surviving youth in the city that never sleeps.

Tiny Furniture

Lena Dunham United States, 2010


The second in our double bill of American indie debuts is Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, a charming and sober expression of self-doubt. It’s both darker and more formally rigorous than her hit series Girls. With its no-budget ingenuity, it’s one of the key films for modern American indie cinema.

The Pleasure of Being Robbed

Joshua Safdie United States, 2008


Look out Coens, America has a new filmmaking team of brothers! After a series of ingenious shorts, the Safdies took to the streets of New York for their debut to tell the story of lonely kleptomaniac Eléonore. In its sly gags and loose-limbed freedom, it leads the way to the Safdies’ hit Good Time.

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