Polish fest spotlights American helmers

American fest sets tributes to Malick, Swanberg

Retrospectives devoted to Todd Solondz, Terrence Malick, Billy Wilder and mumblecore mainstay Joe Swanberg will highlight the second annual American Film Festival, taking pace Nov. 15 – 20 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Solondz’s latest, “Dark Horse,” which premiered at Venice, will open the fest, while the director’s “Life During Wartime” (2009) will be shown in Poland for the first time.

Malick’s five previous features as a director will also be on display at AFF, along with his recent Cannes Palme d’Or winner, “Tree of Life.”

Swanberg will be present to introduce and discuss his films in Wroclaw, which “aims to introduce new names and phenomena in the American cinema to the Polish audiences,” according to its mission statement.

In addition there will be two music-accented offerings: the Buster Keaton classic, “The General” (1926), will be accompanied by live music composed by Marcin Pukaluk, while a jazz program block will include Clint Eastwood’s Charlie Parker biopic “Bird” (1988), Bertrand Tavernier’s “Round Midnight” (1986), starring Dexter Gordon, and the pioneering 1927 talkie “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson.

The fest’s narrative and documentary competition sections offer audience awards of $10,000 and $5,000. The festival will also host Gotham in Progress, devoted solely to U.S. indie films in Europe.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety