Film festival is dedicated to U.S. indies
Michael Di Jiacomo’s “Somewhere Tonight,” starring John Turturro, took home top audience honors at the second edition of the American Film Fest, Poland’s emerging festival dedicated to U.S. indies, which wrapped Sunday in Wroclaw.Top docu kudo went to Susanne Rostock’s “Sing Your Song,” a portrait of Harry Belafonte. Fest brought growing Wroclaw auds 76 U.S. films, including 40 preems to Poland, with spectators voting on the winners of the American Docs and Spectrum sections. Included were Polish preems of the latest work by Gus Van Sant, Whit Stillman, Todd Solondz, Miranda July, Errol Morris, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tony Kaye, and hosted retrospectives on Solondz, Billy Wilder, Terrence Malick and Joe Swanberg. Solondz, who presented his quirky “Dark Horse” at the fest opening Nov. 15, was honored with the Indie Star Award for leading edgy U.S. auteurs. Swanberg unspooled “Caitlin Plays Herself,” while Di Jiacomo, Rostock, Matthew Lessner, Michael Tully and Bryan Storkel joined the guest list. Fest also launched industry event Gotham in Progress, introducing U.S. filmmakers with pics in the final stages of production to European buyers and programmers. Event screened 11 films at closed screenings, and won praises from industryites.