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Ale kino+ Competition

Ale kino+ discoveries 2016

This year’s American Film Festival features a new section called Ale kino+ Discoveries. Audiences will have a chance to see 11 independent American productions sponsored by the Ale kino+ cable channel. The majority of these will be the first or second films by directors in search of their own original means of cinematic expression or that are otherwise particularly interesting in terms of their form or subject matter.

This section includes interesting achievements of American auteur cinema, usually debut or sophomore efforts from independent directors. Selections include Joshy by Jeff Baen, a hit at Sundance; it is an unruly comedy about a bachelor party-cum-wake that spirals out of control, and The Fits by Anna Rose Holmer, a film that grabbed awards in festivals in Cleveland and Deauville, in which rival cheerleaders fall victim to strange seizures that suggest demonic possession.

American Docs

american docs 2016

The most important documentary productions of the season, showing predominantly America in the XXI century.

The competitions are the focus of every film festival and The American Film Festival has two premiere competition sections. Spectrum, which is a panorama of contemporary American cinema (14 films in competition), and American Docs, where the season’s leading documentaries showing various faces of America vie for the top prize (10 films). The audience awards will go to films competing in two categories, feature and documentary. The awards in both competitions, $10,000 and $5,000, are sponsored by BNY Mellon, while the special prize is provided by the Ale kino+ cable station (offer to purchase broadcast rights). ji).

europeans in america 2016

The section’s curator, Marcin Giżycki, author of the book Wenders do domu, has selected over a dozen cult films made by European directors in the USA. They span from Sergio Leone, to Werner Herzog, Brunon Dumont, to Lars von Trier. The review program offers quite divergent views of American reality, such as Lions Love and… Lies (1969) directed by Agnès Vardy (the review includes five films produced in the USA by this French director), the dark Zabriskie Point (1970) by Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni, the brutal Punishment Park (1971), by Peter Watkins who is British (both films are from the era of the hippie rebellion), and a story full of human warmth from small town America, Bagdad Café (1997), directed by Percy Adlon, a German living for many years in Los Angeles.

festival favorites 2016

This section presents hot films from 2016 international festivals and top picks by AFF programmers. Marquee films include Wiener-Dog by Todd Solondz, which was warmly received at Sundance (Solondz had his retrospective and received the Indie Star Award at the 2nd AFF). The film is an odyssey poking fun at small-town America, featuring the eponymous dog and a star-studded cast of Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, and Danny DeVito. Another Sundance hit on AFF screens is Certain Women, dir. Kelly Reichardt, about the lives and dramas of women form Montana, starring Michelle Williams, Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart. Viewers can enjoy a complex portrait of family relationships in The Fang Family, directed by Jason Bateman, who also stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken. Everybody will flock to the latest film from Richard Linklater, Everybody Wants Some!!, in which the indie film master references the scene from his cult favorite Dazed and Confused by conjuring up the nostalgic charm of the last days of summer vacation as spent by Texas college kids in the 1980s.

Gregg Araki

Highlights

highlights 2016

Gala screenings of the newest well known titles, premiere screenings of films by renowned directors.

In addition to the opening and closing films described above, the Highlights section includes Loving and American Honey as well as the pre-premiere of Clint Eastwood’s latest film starring Tom Hanks – Sully, about a pilot Chesley Sullenberger, who deftly landed a crippled passenger airliner on the Hudson River.

indie star award: Jonas Mekas 2016

As each year, AFF will give out its Indie Star Award for lifetime achievement in independent American film. This year, the prize goes to New York avant-garde film legend, Jonas Mekas. This Lithuanian-American has lived in the United States since the late 1940s. Mekas, as the author of journal film, is considered the leading representative of New American Cinema. AFF audiences will have an opportunity to view his 2012 film Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man. The venerable master will be unable to attend in person, but will take part in his awards ceremony via the Internet.

On the Edge

on the edge 2016

Discoveries, experiments, author’s films, very often ‘on the edge’ of the commonly acknowledged forms and acceptable subjects. Among the experimental films in this section, you’ll find Fraud by Dean Fleischer-Camp, who edited down hundreds of hours of YouTube videos uploaded by a stranger, in a film that blurs the line between truth and fiction, as well as the Grand Jury Prize winner from Slamdance, Driftwood by Paul Taylor about a tension-filled “game” between a mysterious woman found on the beach and her rescuer.

opening / closing 2016

On Tuesday, October 25, the festival opens with the Polish premiere of Paterson by Jim Jarmusch, the hit of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. In his latest film, the rebel of American cinema pays tribute to a normal life in which you can find true poetry. This is exactly what the main character, a modest bus driver (Adam Driver), accomplishes, by scribbling poems in a secret notebook. On Sunday, October 30, the festival will close with Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, which won the Silver Lion in Venice. It is a rapacious noir film about love and revenge with hypnotizing music by Abel Korzeniowski, and stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Orson Welles in Europe 2016

After the AFF retrospective of Welles films in 2014, this year’s retrospective is devoted to the European films of the genius director and actor. Orson Welles (1915-1985), director of Citizen Kane, which heads many best-films-of-all-time lists, began working with increasing frequency in Europe in the 1950s (France, Italy, Yugoslavia) to escape the commercial nature of the Hollywood system. The 7th AFF features adaptations of Shakespeare plays, as well as The Trial (1962) based on Franz Kafka’s novel, or, a distinctive kind of artistic credo, F for Fake (1973). There will also be two unique sets of Welles’s little known works: unfinished film and TV projects shot in Europe. The program includes Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, a documentary directed by Chuck Workman (2014).

Rosanna Arquette

Sam Shepard

Samuel Fuller

Samuel Fuller

Season

season 2016

American or American-European co-productions selected among the 2016 Polish releases including the opening film of 2015 AFF edition, Carol, Indie Star Award helmed Love and Friendship or latest from Warner Herzog Lo and Behold. [Note: non-English language films in the section are not subtitled in English].

season 2016

Special Docs

special docs 2016

This out-of-competition section features giants of American pop culture David Lynch: The Art Life, dir. Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Hol; Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny, dir. Karen Bernstein and Louis Black; Gimme Danger (about Iggy Pop and The Stooges) dir. Jim Jarmusch. Special treats include the winner of South by South West, an animated documentary Tower, dir. Keith Maitland, about the 1966 massacre on the University of Texas campus) and a film that won the prize for best director at Sundance – Life, Animated, dir. Roger Ross Williams, about an autistic boy who communicates with the world via Disney cartoons.

Special Events 2016

Special Screenings

Special Screenings Connections

specials 2016

The section features opening episodes of new HBO series (Insecure, Divorce, Westworld) as well as a new part of AFF – short film sets. One of the sets is screening with the cooperation of the American Film Institute Conservatory and includes AFIC graduate David Gerson’s All These Voices, inspired by the life of Tadeusz Kantor. The film received the student Oscar this year. Another set of shorts, Jonathan Demme presents: Made in Texas, are Demme’s picks that reflect the independent spirit of Austin, Texas; one of the films is directed by Louis Black, a guest at this year’s AFF.

Spectrum

spectrum 2016

A panorama of contemporary American cinema, new feature films: ‘middle cinema’, films by renowned filmmakers, new talents, interesting phenomena.

The competitions are the focus of every film festival and The American Film Festival has two premiere competition sections. Spectrum, which is a panorama of contemporary American cinema (14 films in competition), and American Docs, where the season’s leading documentaries showing various faces of America vie for the top prize (10 films). The audience awards will go to films competing in two categories, feature and documentary. The awards in both competitions, $10,000 and $5,000, are sponsored by BNY Mellon, while the special prize is provided by the Ale kino+ cable station (offer to purchase broadcast rights).

Wim Wenders 2016

As part of the Europeans in America review, we will screen six films by Wim Wenders produced in America, which are part of the director’s retrospective ongoing at Wrocław’s Kino Nowe Horyzonty from September through December 2016. The titles include the now classic Paris, Texas (1984), and Lightning Over Water (1980), a documentary about Nicholas Ray – interestingly, Ray was featured in an AFF retrospective four years ago.

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24 oct 19:00
Michael Showalter
/ USA 2017 / 120 min
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25 oct 09:45
Oren Jacoby
/ USA 2017 / 83 min
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25 oct 09:45
Marc Meyers
/ USA 2017 / 107 min
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25 oct 10:00
Sofia Coppola
/ USA 2017 / 93 min
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25 oct 10:00
Mika Kaurismäki
/ Brazil, Finland, Germany 1994 / 75 min
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25 oct 10:15
Alexandre Moors
/ USA 2017 / 109 min
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25 oct 10:15
25 oct 12:15
Gillian Robespierre
/ USA 2017 / 97 min
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25 oct 12:15
David Moscow
/ USA 2017 / 91 min
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25 oct 12:15
Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
/ USA 2017 / 88 min
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25 oct 12:30
Martin Scorsese
/ USA 1985 / 94 min
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25 oct 12:30
David Lowery
/ USA 2017 / 87 min
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25 oct 12:45
Terrence Malick
/ USA 2017 / 129 min
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25 oct 12:45
Frederick Wiseman
/ USA 1967 / 84 min
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25 oct 12:45
John Carroll Lynch
/ USA 2017 / 88 min
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25 oct 15:00
25 oct 15:00
Janicza Bravo
/ USA 2017 / 83 min
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25 oct 15:00
David Gordon Green
/ USA 2017 / 116 min
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25 oct 15:00
Erik Nelson
/ USA 2017 / 93 min
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25 oct 15:15
Pablo Larraín
/ Chile, France, USA, Hong Kong 2016 / 100 min
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25 oct 15:30
Eliza Hittman
/ USA 2017 / 95 min
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25 oct 15:30
Matt Ruskin
/ USA 2017 / 94 min
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25 oct 15:30
Raoul Peck
/ Switzerland, France, Belgium, USA 2016 / 93 min
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25 oct 17:45
Luca Guadagnino
/ Italy, France, Brazil, USA 2017 / 132 min
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25 oct 18:00
Janus Metz Pedersen
/ Denmark, Finland, Sweden 2017 / 100 min
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25 oct 18:15
Magdalena Zyzak, Zachary Cotler
/ USA, Poland 2017 / 104 min
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25 oct 18:15
Dustin Guy Defa
/ USA 2017 / 84 min
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25 oct 18:15
Eugene Jarecki
/ USA, Germany 2017 / 117 min
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25 oct 18:30
25 oct 20:30
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
/ UK, USA 2017 / 121 min
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25 oct 20:45
Wim Wenders
/ Germany, France, UK 1984 / 145 min
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25 oct 20:45
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1963 / 101 min
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25 oct 20:45
Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles
/ USA 2017 / 103 min
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25 oct 21:00
25 oct 21:00
Noël Wells
/ USA 2017 / 90 min
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26 oct 09:45
Dustin Harrison-Atlas
/ USA 2017 / 96 min
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26 oct 09:45
Noël Wells
/ USA 2017 / 90 min
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26 oct 10:00
Gregg Araki
/ USA, France 1995 / 83 min
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26 oct 12:15
Miguel Arteta
/ USA 2017 / 82 min
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26 oct 12:15
Dustin Guy Defa
/ USA 2017 / 84 min
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26 oct 12:30
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1964 / 90 min
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26 oct 12:45
Matthew Porterfield
/ USA 2017 / 90 min
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26 oct 12:45
Tim Golden, Ross McDonell
/ USA 2017 / 108 min
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26 oct 14:00
Philip Kaufman
/ USA 1983 / 193 min
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26 oct 15:00
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1980 / 113 min
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26 oct 15:00
Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley
/ USA 2017 / 80 min
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26 oct 15:00
26 oct 15:00
Antonino D'Ambrosio
/ USA 2017 / 98 min
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26 oct 15:30
Magdalena Zyzak, Zachary Cotler
/ USA, Poland 2017 / 104 min
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26 oct 15:30
Jeff Baena
/ Canada, USA 2017 / 90 min
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26 oct 17:45
Gregg Araki
/ USA, Netherlands 2004 / 105 min
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26 oct 17:45
John Carroll Lynch
/ USA 2017 / 88 min
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26 oct 17:45
Oren Jacoby
/ USA 2017 / 83 min
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26 oct 17:45
Ben Safdie, Josh Safdie
/ USA 2017 / 101 min
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26 oct 18:00
Tommy Wiseau
/ USA 2003 / 99 min
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26 oct 18:15
Benny Boom
/ USA 2017 / 139 min
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26 oct 18:15
Brett Haley
/ USA 2017 / 93 min
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26 oct 20:30
Lynne Ramsay
/ UK, France, USA 2017 / 85 min
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26 oct 20:30
Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill
/ USA 2017 / 74 min
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26 oct 20:30
Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin
/ USA, Poland 2017 / 100 min
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26 oct 20:45
John Lee Hancock
/ USA 2016 / 115 min
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26 oct 21:00
Aaron Katz
/ USA 2017 / 93 min
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26 oct 21:00
Gregg Araki
/ USA, France 2010 / 86 min
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26 oct 21:00
Spike Lee
/ USA 2015 / 127 min
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27 oct 09:45
Karin Jurschick
/ Germany 2017 / 95 min
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27 oct 09:45
Peter Vack
/ USA 2017 / 74 min
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27 oct 10:00
David Lowery
/ USA 2017 / 87 min
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27 oct 10:00
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1982 / 90 min
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27 oct 10:15
Alex Ross Perry
/ USA, Greece 2017 / 94 min
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27 oct 10:15
Albert Birney, Kentucker Audley
/ USA 2017 / 80 min
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27 oct 12:15
Spike Lee
/ USA 2015 / 127 min
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27 oct 12:15
Antonio Santini, Dan Sickles
/ USA 2017 / 103 min
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27 oct 12:30
Wim Wenders
/ Germany, France, UK 1984 / 145 min
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27 oct 12:45
Brett Haley
/ USA 2017 / 93 min
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27 oct 12:45
27 oct 12:45
Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin
/ USA, Poland 2017 / 100 min
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27 oct 13:00
27 oct 15:00
Joshua Z. Weinstein
/ USA 2017 / 82 min
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27 oct 15:00
Darren Aronofsky
/ USA 2017 / 121 min
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27 oct 15:00
Dustin Harrison-Atlas
/ USA 2017 / 96 min
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27 oct 15:30
Nathan Silver
/ USA 2017 / 83 min
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27 oct 15:30
Sam Shepard
/ France, Netherlands, UK, USA 1993 / 102 min
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27 oct 15:30
Jeff Baena
/ Canada, USA 2017 / 90 min
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27 oct 15:30
Laura E. Davis, Jessica Kaye
/ USA 2017 / 75 min
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27 oct 17:45
Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
/ USA 2017 / 88 min
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27 oct 17:45
George Clooney
/ USA, UK 2017 / 104 min
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27 oct 17:45
Maggie Betts
/ USA 2017 / 123 min
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27 oct 18:00
Tommy Wiseau
/ USA 2003 / 99 min
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27 oct 18:00
Samantha Fuller
/ USA 2013 / 80 min
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27 oct 18:15
Bob Byington
/ USA 2017 / 71 min
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27 oct 18:15
Marc Meyers
/ USA 2017 / 107 min
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27 oct 18:15
David Gordon Green
/ USA 2017 / 116 min
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27 oct 20:00
Philip Kaufman
/ USA 1983 / 193 min
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27 oct 20:30
Antonino D'Ambrosio
/ USA 2017 / 98 min
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27 oct 20:30
27 oct 20:30
Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff
/ USA 2017 / 81 min
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27 oct 20:45
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1957 / 80 min
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27 oct 21:00
Onur Tukel
/ USA 2017 / 85 min
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27 oct 21:00
David Moscow
/ USA 2017 / 91 min
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27 oct 21:00
28 oct 09:45
Matt Ruskin
/ USA 2017 / 94 min
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28 oct 09:45
Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill
/ USA 2017 / 74 min
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28 oct 10:00
Janus Metz Pedersen
/ Denmark, Finland, Sweden 2017 / 100 min
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28 oct 10:00
28 oct 10:15
Oren Moverman
/ USA 2017 / 120 min
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28 oct 10:15
Aaron Katz
/ USA 2017 / 93 min
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28 oct 10:15
Maggie Betts
/ USA 2017 / 123 min
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28 oct 12:15
Erik Nelson
/ USA 2017 / 93 min
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28 oct 12:15
Laura E. Davis, Jessica Kaye
/ USA 2017 / 75 min
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28 oct 12:15
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
/ UK, USA 2017 / 121 min
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28 oct 12:30
Sam Shepard
/ France, Netherlands, UK, USA 1993 / 102 min
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28 oct 12:30
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1963 / 101 min
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28 oct 12:45
Bob Byington
/ USA 2017 / 71 min
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28 oct 12:45
Eugene Jarecki
/ USA, Germany 2017 / 117 min
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28 oct 12:45
Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff
/ USA 2017 / 81 min
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28 oct 15:00
28 oct 15:00
28 oct 15:00
Karin Jurschick
/ Germany 2017 / 95 min
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28 oct 15:00
28 oct 15:15
Mika Kaurismäki
/ Brazil, Finland, Germany 1994 / 75 min
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28 oct 15:30
Gillian Robespierre
/ USA 2017 / 97 min
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28 oct 15:30
28 oct 15:30
Janicza Bravo
/ USA 2017 / 83 min
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28 oct 17:45
Michael Showalter
/ USA 2017 / 120 min
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28 oct 17:45
Mark Webber
/ USA 2017 / 90 min
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28 oct 18:00
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1964 / 90 min
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28 oct 18:15
Lynne Ramsay
/ UK, France, USA 2017 / 85 min
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28 oct 18:15
28 oct 18:45
Martin Scorsese
/ USA 1985 / 94 min
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28 oct 20:30
David Simon
/ USA 2017 / 80 min
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28 oct 20:30
Darren Aronofsky
/ USA 2017 / 121 min
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28 oct 20:45
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1980 / 113 min
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28 oct 21:00
Alex Ross Perry
/ USA, Greece 2017 / 94 min
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28 oct 21:00
Frederick Wiseman
/ USA 1967 / 84 min
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28 oct 21:00
Ben Safdie, Josh Safdie
/ USA 2017 / 101 min
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28 oct 21:15
29 oct 09:45
Benny Boom
/ USA 2017 / 139 min
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29 oct 09:45
Andrea Arnold
/ UK, USA 2016 / 163 min
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29 oct 10:00
David Simon
/ USA 2017 / 80 min
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29 oct 10:00
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1957 / 80 min
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29 oct 10:15
Eliza Hittman
/ USA 2017 / 95 min
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29 oct 12:15
Gregg Araki
/ USA, France 2010 / 86 min
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29 oct 12:15
Alexander Payne
/ USA 2017 / 135 min
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29 oct 12:30
Luca Guadagnino
/ Italy, France, Brazil, USA 2017 / 132 min
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29 oct 12:30
Samantha Fuller
/ USA 2013 / 80 min
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29 oct 12:30
Jim Jarmusch
/ USA, France, Germany 2016 / 118 min
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29 oct 12:45
Nathan Silver
/ USA 2017 / 83 min
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29 oct 12:45
29 oct 13:00
Joshua Z. Weinstein
/ USA 2017 / 82 min
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29 oct 15:00
Gregg Araki
/ USA, Netherlands 2004 / 105 min
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29 oct 15:00
George Clooney
/ USA, UK 2017 / 104 min
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29 oct 15:00
Mark Webber
/ USA 2017 / 90 min
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29 oct 15:15
Samuel Fuller
/ USA 1982 / 90 min
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29 oct 15:15
Jordan Peele
/ USA 2017 / 94 min
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29 oct 15:30
29 oct 15:30
Onur Tukel
/ USA 2017 / 85 min
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29 oct 15:30
Tim Golden, Ross McDonell
/ USA 2017 / 108 min
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29 oct 17:30
29 oct 17:45
Gregg Araki
/ USA, France 1995 / 83 min
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29 oct 17:45
Peter Vack
/ USA 2017 / 74 min
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29 oct 18:00
Trey Edwards Shults
/ USA 2017 / 91 min
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29 oct 18:15
Alexandre Moors
/ USA 2017 / 109 min
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29 oct 18:15
Miguel Arteta
/ USA 2017 / 82 min
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29 oct 18:15
Raoul Peck
/ Switzerland, France, Belgium, USA 2016 / 93 min
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29 oct 18:30
Alexander Payne
/ USA 2017 / 135 min
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29 oct 20:45
David Lowery
/ USA 2017 / 87 min
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29 oct 20:45
Barry Jenkins
/ USA 2016 / 111 min
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29 oct 21:00
Matthew Porterfield
/ USA 2017 / 90 min
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29 oct 21:00
Oren Moverman
/ USA 2017 / 120 min
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