First edition of fest focuses on U.S. indies

Audiences in Wroclaw, Poland, named Debra Granik’s Sundance-acclaimed debut “Winter’s Bone” best film at the country’s first Festival of American Film on closing night Sunday.

The fest, an offshoot of the city’s popular summer Era New Horizons showcase that opened Oct. 20, aims to promote new indie American cinema in the country.

Granik’s film picked up the American Independent Narrative Audience Award, a $10,000 cash prize and the chance of distribution across Eastern Europe.

Set in the rural Ozark Mountains in the southern United States, the film is about a teenager (Jennifer Lawrence) who confronts the powers that be in her small town to protect her family from violence and exploitation.

Documentary winner was “The Two Escobars” the doc feature debut of writer-director team Jeff and Michael Zimbalist.

Film, which also gets Eastern European distribution and won a $5,000 cash prize, examines the fateful connection between Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug kingpin, and soccer star Andres Escobar, whose murder following the 1994 World Cup championship was never solved.

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