‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Argo’ to book-end Poland fest

American Film Festival runs Nov. 13-18

Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” is set to open the third American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, while Ben Affleck’s “Argo” will close the fest. Both films will make their Polish premieres at the festival.

AFF, which runs Nov. 13-18, is the first event in Eastern and Central Europe focused entirely on independent American cinema. This year’s edition, held at the Helios New Horizons cinema, will screen 53 films, including 35 Polish, two European, one international and one world premiere.

The festival’s two competitive sections are Spectrum ($10,000 award for best narrative feature) and American Docs ($5,000 for documentary feature). The prizes are voted on by the festival audience.

This year’s Spectrum section comprises 16 films, including Colin Trevorrow’s Sundance hit “Safety Not Guaranteed,” Matthew Lillard’s “Fat Kid Rules the World,” Charles Matthau’s “Freaky Deaky” and Daniel Schechter’s “Supporting Characters.” Latter pic, which co-stars Lena Dunham, is being released by Tribeca Films on Jan. 23 before heading to select theaters.

The American Docs competition will feature eight titles, including Jonathan Demme’s “Neil Young Journeys” and David France’s “How to Survive a Plague.”

Two titles from last year’s U.S. in Progress Wroclaw (AFF’s platform for completion and promotion of U.S. independent films) — Amy Seimetz’s “Sun Don’t Shine” and Jason Cortlund and Julia Harpelin’s “Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi” — will also compete for the main prize. Both films are nominated for the IFP’s Gotham Awards.

Other high-profile Polish premieres include Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” John Hillcoat’s “Lawless,” Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth,” Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” and Michel Gondry’s “The We and the I.”

AFF will also pay tribute to Jerry Schatzberg, Wes Anderson and Nicholas Ray in a series of retrospectives.

Competition Titles

Spectrum section

“Arcadia,” directed by Olivia Silver

“Fat Kid Rules The World,” directed by Matthew Lillard

“Freaky Deaky,” directed by Charles Matthau

“Gayby,” directed by Jonathan Lisecki

“Jack and Diane,” directed by Bradley Rust Gray

“Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” directed by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass

“Leave Me as You Found Me,” directed by Adele Romanski

“Safety Not Guaranteed,” directed by Colin Trevorrow

“Richard’s Wedding,” directed by Onur Tukel

“Save the Date,” directed by Michael Mohan

“Sun Don’t Shine,” directed by Amy Seimetz

“Supporting Characters,” directed by Daniel Schechter

“The Comedy,” directed by Rick Alverson

“White Fox Mask,” directed by Ricky Shane Reid

“Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi,” directed by Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin

“Compliance,” directed by Craig Zobel

American Docs section

“Bayou Blue,” directed by Alix Lambert and David McMahon

“Between Two Rivers,” directed by Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan

“How to Survive a Plague,” directed by David France

“Let Fury Have the Hour,” directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio

“Me@theZoo,” directed by Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch

“Neil Young Journeys,” directed by Jonathan Demme

“30. Tchoupitoulas,” directed by Bill Ross and Turner Ross

“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan