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.
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: