Decade of Discovery: 10 Indie Films That Redefined Cinema

"Mustang"

A Turkish-French co-production exploring the lives of five sisters battling against patriarchal norms in a small Turkish village, acclaimed for its intimacy and realism.

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"

A unique coming-of-age story that pays homage to cinema, received with a standing ovation at Sundance Film Festival.

"Only Lovers Left Alive"

Jim Jarmusch's take on the vampire genre, presenting existential themes with a mix of intellect and romance.

"Short Term 12"

Starring Brie Larson, this film delves into teenage issues with sensitivity, winning the grand jury award at South by Southwest.

"Ex Machina"

Alex Garland's debut is a thought-provoking sci-fi about AI, balancing scientific concepts with stunning visuals.

"Upstream Color"

A hypnotic sci-fi drama by Shane Carruth, exploring life's cycles with dreamlike imagery.

"Raw"

A bold horror film offering social commentary under the guise of body horror, premiered at Cannes Film Festival.

"Her"

Spike Jonze's romantic film featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, explores love in the digital age.

"The Lobster"

Yorgos Lanthimos's surreal take on society's pressure to find romantic partners, blending dark humor with dystopian elements.

"Moonlight"

A profound story of a young man's struggle with his identity and sexuality, set against the backdrop of Miami's drug-plagued community, winner of the Best Picture Oscar.