American Film Festival In Poland Shows Its Most Attractive Program Yet

Patryk Czekaj, Contributing Writer
If you're a Polish citizen and you've ever wondered how it feels like to take part in one of the major film festivals now is your chance to get a glimpse of the spectacular on your home soil. Though American Film Festival isn't a regular stop on the crowded festival map for most of the devoted cinephiles from around the globe, it doesn't stop to astound with its impressive selection of fresh American indies with each subsequent year. Still a baby when it comes to festivals, the 4th edition of Wroclaw's own favorite event gathers most of recent hits that premiered during some highly popular film festivals like Sundance, Cannes, or Toronto.

To make a long story short it's crucial to list just a couple of the titles from the program: Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now, Only Lovers Left Alive, Don Jon, At Any Price, Much Ado About Nothing, Kill Your Darlings, Behind the Candelabra. Still not enough? Then how about a cinematic trip back in time with such uncontested classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Color Purple, A Clockwork Orange, Empire of the Sun, Rio Bravo. And that's only the beginning of a long list of more or less famous films that the viewers can see during only six, yet highly eventful October days. With a bar raised this high it's going to be really hard to beat such a line-up in the upcoming years.

Whether you're a fan of American cinema or not it's a terrific chance to experience a full-bodied film festival that's gradually becoming one of the most interesting in its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. It's also a wonderful opportunity to forget about Hollywood blockbusters for a while and enjoy some of the lesser-known gems from across the ocean.

American Film Festival starts October 22 and concludes October 27 in Wroclaw, Poland.
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