Hey, what do you know, it's already the second weekend of 2009! Only 50 to go before 2010! Most independent-film distributors took a break the last couple weeks (as did most of mainstream Hollywood), but they're getting back into the swing of things now, and the Indie Spotlight is here, as always, to let you know what's playing beyond the multiplexes.

Your indie selections this weekend are: Cargo 200, Just Another Love Story, Silent Light, Yonkers Joe, and the After Dark Horrorfest 2009. Keep reading for the scoop on each of them.

Silent Light (pictured)
What it is: A quiet, slow, contemplative drama about a case of adultery in a small Mennonite community in northern Mexico.
What they're saying: I reviewed it for Cinematical at the Portland International Film Festival last year and described the cinematography as breathtakingly beautiful, the story simple and mesmerizing. I'm one of the 83% of critics at Rotten Tomatoes who liked it. Make no mistake, though: It's a slooow movie -- on purpose. The idea is to become absorbed in the thoughts and feelings of the characters.
Where it's playing: New York City (Film Forum).
More info: The official site is lovely to look at it, if nothing else.

Cargo 200
What it is: A grim Russian horror flick, with elements of dark comedy, about a woman held captive by a mad police officer in Soviet Russia circa 1984.
What they're saying: At Rotten Tomatoes, 80% of the critics approve -- but they're using words like "disturbing," "bleak and horrifying," and "perverse." As with Silent Light, you really need to know what you're getting yourself into.
Where it's playing: New York City (Cinema Village).
More info: The only official site I can find is in Russian. So hey, good luck!

Yonkers Joe
What it is: A comic drama about a con man (Chazz Palminteri) with a developmentally disabled son.
What they're saying: Cinematical's Joel Keller reviewed it at Tribeca last year and had mixed feelings, calling it "fun, oddly sweet," but also having trouble liking the main character. The six reviews at Rotten Tomatoes are likewise evenly split between positive and negative.
Where it's playing: New York City (Quad Cinema), Los Angeles (Laemmle Sunset 5).
More info: Here's the trailer, for what it's worth. If the film has an official site, it's not showing up on Google.

Just Another Love Story
What it is: A Danish film noir about a man who witnesses a gruesome car crash and is believed by the victim's family to be her boyfriend. That might sound like While You Were Sleeping, but no. This one's pretty serious, and pretty strange.
What they're saying: Cinematical's me reviewed it at Sundance last year, and I thought it played out like a serious farce or a tragic film noir -- right up until the last 20 minutes, which are extreme and bizarre. The reviews at Rotten Tomatoes are five in favor, three against. But hey, how often do you get to see a Danish film noir?
Where it's playing: New York City (Cinema Village).
More info: Here's the official site, if you happen to speak Danish. Honestly, folks, an English-language website would really help when you open your film in the United States. I'm just sayin'.

After Dark Horrorfest
What it is: The third annual mini-festival of independent horror films.
What they're saying: Most of these haven't screened many places yet, so reviews are scarce. Cinematical's Scott Weinberg liked The Broken and Dying Breed, and didn't like From Within. (I'll vouch for The Broken, too.) The others are Autopsy, Slaughter, Perkins' 14, Voices, and Butterfly Effect: Revelation. It's always a mixed bag, but the general consensus is that the films have been getting better each year.
Where it's playing: About 50 theaters nationwide.
More info: The After Dark Horrorfest site has a list of all the theaters, as well as more info on each of the films.