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2018 American Film Festival Dailies: Visiting the Heart of Wroclaw and the … Heart of Fest | Day 2

2018 American Film Festival Dailies: Visiting the Heart of Wroclaw and the … Heart of Fest | Day 2

Before heading off to do some American indie film festing (essentially playing catch up), AFF organizers offered a location scouting tour of Wroclaw. Meant to flaunt the versatility of the city of less than one million but a very diverse “ownership” history,  we visited the White Stork Synagogue (fascinating multi-floor restoration process decades in the making), a visit to the Old Town/the University of Wroclaw/the Ossolineum, Market Hall and Centennial Hall before grabbing some grub. In the vid, you’ll also find the ease of festing: from hotel room door to the screening room venue in 4 minutes flat. Moving from the heart of the city, to the heart of the AFF, were the first screenings part of the US in Progress.

First out of the gate was singer turned producer turned filmmaker Haroula Rose and Once Upon a River (look for my video interview soon), and the next in line was Initials S.G. which was presented by producer Ivan Eibuszyc. The US in Progress features projects that are in what could be called the embryonic stages — some more advanced in the process than others. I then capped off the day with what was IONCINEMA.com’s Most Anticipated American Indie film for 2018.

After Venice Film Festival premiere and a private market screening in Toronto during TIFF, a rare fest premiere was set for Rick Alverson’s The Mountain. His fifth feature film, also second collaboration with producer Ryan Zacarias happens to be number two for actor Tye Sheridan who flew over to the fest to represent this and A.J. Edwards’ sophomore film, which I will end up seeing tomorrow. Here is the post screening Q&A:

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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