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2018 American Film Fest in Wrocław: Alverson, Guadagnino, Denis & Ross Perry Among Selections

2018 American Film Fest in Wrocław: Alverson, Guadagnino, Denis & Ross Perry Among Selections

Highlighting some of the best American indie offerings of 2018 from Sundance to Cannes and more recent offerings from TIFF and Venice, the ninth edition of the American Film Fest in Wrocław will be opening with Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born and closing with Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers. Taking place between October 23rd and the 28th, there are 88 feature-length films and naturally the US in progress industry event will once again feature about a half dozen (look for the announcement shortly) indie pics that we’ll likely see in 2019.

The 2018 edition comes with your usual number of heavyweights films with us earmarking Venice Film Fest selections in Rick Alverson’s The Mountain (cast will be on hand to present the film) and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria and TIFF’s Platform/NYFF preemed Her Smell by Alex Ross Perry and Claire Denis’ High Life. This year’s retrospective highlights the works of Hal Ashby and two seminal figures in American indie will be feted in Alexandre Rockwell and a new copy of In the Soup, while Sara Driver will also be in attendance with Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat and some vintage Jarmusch. Here is the complete line-up.

Alexandre Rockwell
Hero – Alexandre Rockwell, USA, Germany 1983
Four Rooms – Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, USA 1995
Lenz – Alexandre Rockwell, USA 1982
Somebody to Love – Alexandre Rockwell, USA 1994
Little Feet – Alexandre Rockwell, USA 2013
In the Soup – Alexandre Rockwell, USA, France, Germany, Italy 1992

Ale kino+ presents
Blaze – Ethan Hawke
The Mountain – Rick Alverson
Her Smell – Alex Ross Perry
Tyrel – Sebastián Silva
To Dust – Shawn Snyder
Blindspotting – Carlos López Estrada
American Animals – Bart Layton

American Docs
White Tide: The Legend of Culebra – Theo Love
Time for Ilhan – Norah Shapiro
Roll Red Roll – Nancy Schwartzman
Half the Picture – Amy Adrion
The Gospel of Eureka – Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
Give Us This Day – Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable – Aaron Lieber
Phantom Cowboys – Daniel Patrick Carbone
The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man – Tommy Avallone
Everglades / Gladesmen: The Last of the Sawgrass Cowboys – David Abel
Alt-Right: Age of Rage – Adam Bhala Lough
Satan & Adam – Scott Balcerek, V. Scott Balcerek
Warrior Women – Elizabeth Castle, Christina D. King
Behind the Curve – Daniel J. Clark

Hal Ashby
Bound for Glory – Hal Ashby, USA 1976
Harold and Maude – Hal Ashby, USA 1971
The Last Detail – Hal Ashby, USA 1973
Coming Home – Hal Ashby, USA 1978
Shampoo – Hal Ashby, USA 1975
The Landlord – Hal Ashby, USA 1970
Being There – Hal Ashby, USA 1979

HBO Specials
Jane Fonda in Five Acts – Susan Lacy
King in the Wilderness – Peter W. Kunhardt
The Tale – Jennifer Fox
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind – Marina Zenovich

Highlights
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – Gus Van Sant
The Sisters Brothers – Jacques Audiard
Damsel, – David Zellner, Nathan Zellner
White Boy Rick – Yann Demange
The Seagull – Michael Mayer
A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper
Life Itself, – Dan Fogelman
Boy Erased, Joel Edgerton,
Leave No Trace, Debra Granik

On the Edge
Assassination Nation – Sam Levinson
The Pain of Others – Penny Lane
Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture – Nicole Brending
Mandy – Panos Cosmatos
Relaxer – Joel Potrykus
The Eyeslicer (episodes 2, 7), Jillian Mayer, Lauren Wolkstein, Shaka King, Erin Vassilopoulos, Ornana, Leah Shore, Yen Tan, Danny Maden, The Eyeslicer, Ornana, Iva Radivojevic, Ivete Lucas, Calvin Reeder, Nellie Kluz, Frances Bodomo. Lev Kalman, Whitney Horn
The Eyeslicer (episodes 8, 10), Amy Seimetz, Brian Lonano, Annie Silverstien, Gillian Wallace Horvat, Olivia Wyatt, Harrison Atkins, Colin Healey, Izzi Galindo, The Eyeslicer, LJ Frezza, Frances Bodomo, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Efren Hernandez, Peyton Skyler, Christina Choe

Sara Driver
Stranger Than Paradise – Jim Jarmusch, USA, Germany 1984
Sleepwalk – Sara Driver, USA, Germany 1986
You Are Not I – Sara Driver, USA 1983

Season
BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee
Hereditary – Ari Aster
First Man – Damien Chazelle
Under the Silver Lake – David Robert Mitchell

Special Docs
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat – Sara Driver
Three Identical Strangers – Tim Wardle, Wielka Brytania
Chef Flynn – Cameron Yates
Free Solo – Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Hal – Amy Scott
The Prince and the Dybbuk – Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
Monrovia, Indiana – Frederick Wiseman
RBG – Julie Cohen , Betsy West
Weed the People – Abby Epstein
Love Means Zero – Jason Kohn

Special Screenings
Halloween – David Gordon Green
High Life – Claire Denis
Dead Women Walking – Hagar Ben-Asher
First Reformed – Paul Schrader
Suspiria – Luca Guadagnino
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Desiree Akhavan

Spectrum
Diane – Kent Jones
The Long Dumb Road – Hannah Fidell
Ghostbox Cowboy – John Maringouin
Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town – Christian Papierniak
Jules of Light and Dark – Daniel Laabs
The Great Pretender – Nathan Silver
The Hate U Give – George Tillman Jr.
Don’t Leave Home – Michael Tully
A Vigilante – Sarah Daggar-Nickson
Wild Nights with Emily – Madeleine Olnek
Chained for Life – Aaron Schimberg
Friday’s Child – A.J. Edwards

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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