Wrocław hosts 10th American Film Festival

The 10th American Film Festival was inaugurated on Tuesday evening in Wrocław, south-west Poland, with a screening of “The Irishman” by Martin Scorsese.

As many as 125 movies, including 69 Polish premieres are included in the schedule of this year’s edition of the event. Among them are recent works by Noah Baumbach, Rupert Goold, James Franco and Christoph Waltz.

“Most of these movies are brand new, either available to see only during the festival or will have their premiere in Wrocław,” said the programme director of the festival Urszula Śniegowska.

The programme also includes hits from the world's largest festivals, among them the "Two Popes" shown in the Toronto Festival by Fernando Meirelles with Anthony Hopkins as Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.

Nearly 30 other filmmakers will visit Wrocław, among them Ari Aster, director of "Heritage. Hereditary" and "Midsommar. In Broad Daylight", which will be presented to the Wrocław audience in the director's cut. In the course of the festival actor and director Mark Webber ("The End of Love" and "The Place of No Words") and producer Jan Van Hoy ("The Lighthouse") will both receive the Indie Star Award, presented to the acclaimed artists of the US independent film industry.

Present at the festival’s inauguration, the US deputy ambassador to Poland B. Bix Aliu pointed out that the event “increased awareness” and helped a broader audience understand which problems are currently common worldwide.

“The movies presented here show struggles, but also tell stories about how various people seek peace and hope,” he said.

The 10th American Film Festival will take place over November 5-11 in Wrocław. The full schedule of the event is available at www.americanfilmfestival.pl .