“Hunky Dory” and “Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words” Win Audience Award at the American Film Festival in Poland
The seventh edition of the American Film Festival, the only showcase of contemporary American independent films in Eastern and Central Europe, has come to an end.
Not content with dressing Oscar winners, Tom Ford is rapidly on his way to becoming one. His second film is an ambitious Pandora's box of savage beauty. A story-within-a-story, with more than a nod to Hitchcock and Lynch, "Nocturnal Animals" is a thrilling close to the seventh edition of the American Film Festival.
Three non-fiction films offer radically different perspectives on culture and society in late 1960s America. They also cast a shadow on contemporary American life.
This year's American Film Festival features six European premieres. Like the rest of the festival they reveal a cinematic landscape richer and more rewarding than any major US studio would have us believe.
There aren't many festivals where you can watch Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968) and Michelangelo Antonioni's "Zabriske Point" (1970) in the same strand, let alone bookending the same day.
"If you're a painter, sculptor, or writer, you wake up in the morning and you get to work. If you're a filmmaker, you spend most of your time not making movies. So don't make movies unless you have to. But if you have to, then get started!"
A documentary profile of Richard Linklater and screenings of his latest feature add an air of geniality to this year’s festival programme.
"Punishment Park" is a faux documentary - a verité approach to a subject that is nevertheless fictional. It is immediate, arresting and frightening in its consequences.