Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Poland’s American Movie Competition readies for its — fortunate — thirteenth version, unspooling Nov. 8-13 in Wrocław. 

The fest, which is able to open with “Bones and All” and shut with Florian Zeller’s “The Son,” will as soon as once more mix classics with modern titles, as an illustration pairing Nancy Buirski’s doc “Determined Souls, Darkish Metropolis and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy” with John Schlesinger’s Oscar-winner, or introducing retrospectives devoted to Robert Altman and Nina Menkes. 

Menkes — behind “Brainwashed: Intercourse-Digital camera-Energy” — may also get AFF’s Indie Star Award. Earlier recipients embrace Todd Solondz, David Gordon Inexperienced, Hal Hartley, Whit Stillman, Rosanna Arquette and John Waters, who got here to Poland final yr.

“It was superb,” Waters tells Selection, and he was “pleasantly shocked and flattered” by the native viewers’s data of his work.  

“They actually knew who I used to be! My favourite factor occurred throughout a Q&A, when this man, who regarded like an outdated Communist, talked about seeing ‘Cry Child.’ He mentioned: ‘When Willem Dafoe slapped Johnny Depp on the ass, I knew I used to be homosexual.’ The viewers went loopy. I referred to as Willem straight away.”

“It was my favourite reminiscence, seeing what movies can do to folks in overseas lands. It was a really welcoming nation. And town, though the lady on the airline gate couldn’t even pronounce its identify,” he provides. 

“There isn’t a extra asking: ‘Why are you guys doing it, on this unusual place?’,” agrees competition director Ula Śniegowska, crediting AFF’s sister occasion New Horizons Movie Competition, now in its twenty third version, with elevating its worldwide profile. 

However though founder Roman Gutek, now president of the New Horizons Assn., initially needed to attract consideration to administrators like Jim Jarmusch and Gus Van Sant, she says, the American indie movie scene just isn’t the identical anymore. 

“Todd Solondz instructed us he doesn’t need to be ‘unbiased’: he needs to get cash for his movies. This European thought of what constitutes an actual ‘auteur’ doesn’t apply to the U.S. There isn’t a public funding, so ‘new Jarmusches’ usually don’t get to develop their very own language earlier than accepting gives from the massive studios,” she says. 

Śniegowska mentions Colin Trevorrow, who received the fest’s Spectrum competitors in 2012 with “Security Not Assured.” 

“The award got here with $10,000 and he was very completely satisfied about it. Few months later it was introduced he was going to direct ‘Jurassic World.’ I assumed to myself: ‘What do you want these $10,000 for?!’” she laughs.  

Whereas discovering new expertise earlier than Hollywood — or streamers — come calling has turn out to be tough, the fest, which has welcomed the likes of Tye Sheridan and John Carroll Lynch, has constructed a tight-knit neighborhood of filmmakers, one which options “Saint Frances” duo Alex Thompson and Kelly O’Sullivan, now again with “Rounding.”

“We encountered packed homes and alternatives to attach and have interaction with a few of the biggest working filmmakers across the globe. There have been no boundaries or distinctions, however a pure love of cinema,” says Thompson. “It’s maybe the best movie competition on the earth.” 

Producer Laura Heberton has been a daily since 2011, when she was a producer on helmer Andrew Semans (AFF screener “Resurrection”) function “Nancy, Please,” which was a part of AFF’s trade occasion U.S. in Progress, which connects consumers and Polish post-production firms with chosen tasks in closing manufacturing phases. 

This yr, alongside case research devoted to Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s “Silent Twins” and Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert’s “Infinite Storm,” it can additionally highlight three Polish and 4 Ukrainian tasks. 

“I discovered it intriguing that somebody there would need to shine a highlight on the quickly evolving American indie scene. Wanting again, they actually had been fairly prescient to create what they did,” says Heberton.

“I’m grateful to have been a small a part of their decade-plus development. They examine in with me on a regular basis; it’s undoubtedly an ongoing relationship,” she provides.

“Personally, I cherished seeing my film with Polish subtitles,” provides U.S. in Progress alumni Pete Ohs, whose “Jethica” was given its first “stamp of approval” in Wrocław. Now, it can compete alongside Marian Mathias’ “Runner,” Alex Lehmann’s “Acidman” and Rob Rice’s “Manner Out Forward of Us.”

“Generally, we’re the one place in Europe that may present these movies,” says Śniegowska, recalling many adventures of the previous 13 years, together with the time when Whit Stillman went on a tour of close by fort stables in his white pants. 

“Evidently, they wanted a correct wash after that.”

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