American Film Festival
New Horizons Cinema
With the United States producing hundreds of films each year, it’s no wonder that all over the globe, there are festivals devoted exclusively to US cinema. In Poland the American Film Festival will have its fourth edition this year.
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The festival’s organizers hope to change the way American films are perceived and show that US movies are not only Hollywood blockbusters, but can be independent and artistic as well.
The movies in this year’s edition of the AFF include a horror “The Wait” directed by M. Blash and starring Chloe Sevigny and Jena Malone. The movie is about two sisters who receive a cryptic message claiming that their recently deceased mother is about to return from the grave.
“Blue Caprice,” a drama based on the true story of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, known as the “Beltway snipers,” is also expected to make its mark. In 2002, they killed 10 people and terrorized the US East Coast for three weeks. The movie’s director, Alexandre Moors, describes the national panic surrounding the events and recounts the story from the killers’ perspective.
A part of the festival will focus on the latest US documentaries, the event will also feature “On the Edge” section, where recent experimental movies will be showcased.
The organizers prepared two retrospectives. One on Shirley Clarke, an experimental film-maker, known for her documentaries and short films which tackled many controversial issues, portraying racial and sexual minorities. Ms Clarke, despite winning an Academy Award for the documentary “Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World,” never gained wide recognition as most of the time she had to fight with censorship and only a handful of her movies made it to wider distribution.
The other retrospective is probably the most commercial event of the festival. The Masterpieces of American cinema series will present movies from the 90 years of history of the Warner Brothers studio. From the first talking film, “The Jazz Singer,” to a recent blockbuster, Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.”
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