Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Poland bows first American Film Festival

Variety, 10.19.10

It will screen 20 pics in competition, including fest faves

Polish audiences will get a taste of the West when Eastern Europe's first fest dedicated to American film opens in Wroclaw on Oct. 20.

The American Film Festival -- an offshoot of the Era New Horizons fest held there in July -- will screen 20 indie features in competition, with hits from Cannes, Sundance, South by Southwest and Tribeca, including Vincent D'Onofrio's "Don't Go in the Woods" and Tim Rutili's "All My Friends Are Funeral Singers."

There's a John Cassavetes retrospective and a 15-strong documentary section that includes "And Everything Is Going Fine," Steven Soderbergh's study of the life and death of performance artist Spalding Gray, and Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story."

There is also probably Poland's first cinematic screening of director D.W. Griffith's 1915 classic "Birth of a Nation," notorious for its racist depiction of African Americans.

It will be shown as part of a performance by visual artist DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller), who'll offer his multimedia riff on the theme "Rebirth of a Nation" that's a contemporary take on race relations in America.

The fest offers winning films cash prizes and the chance for Eastern European distribution, as already established by mother fest Era New Horizons.

Described by organizers as a kind of Eastern European Deauville, the AFF runs through Oct. 24.

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havers said...

I'm really nervous about Friday. It's still surreal.

thereel said...

Have a great time!

Sandy said...

Have a great time, Havers! Is Vincent supposed to be there? I'm thinking he is considering some of your latest posts. I certainly hope he is and you get to see him. If so, DON'T FAINT!!!!

Miex said...

are you really going?? I thought about going but decided against it. Gotta tell us everything!!
Enjoy your time. It certainly will be fantastic!

havers said...

@Sandy: I read an article which wrote Vincent will be there. I also gave the original Polish version to a Polish friend for translation.

I cross my fingers for being in the same room with him. It will be my one and only chance. He never got closer Berlin before [not while my loving him].

I'll try not to faint, but I can't promise anything ;o)

havers said...

@Miex: I have to. Just 350 km between Berlin and Breslau. Vincent is worth the driving ;o)

mauigirl said...

Havers - have a wonderful time, I really hope you get to meet Vincent. You will be just fine, he seems to put everyone at ease, he's so sweet and down to earth. Take lots of pix!

Anonymous said...

Having traveled 3,500 miles to see him, I can assure you it's worth it Havers. Have a wonderful time and let us know how you get on!

Miex said...

Oh yes, he definitely is! Wishing you the best time you'll ever have. I'll be thinking of you :)

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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