"The Lighthouse" with Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson at 10th AFF!

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One of the biggest hits of the last year’s Cannes film festival, honored with the FIPRESCI award —  The Lighthouse, directed by Robert Eggers, will be presented for the first time in Poland during the 10th American Film Festival in Wrocław.

Hypnotic, absorbing and filled with black humor, the movie was hailed by critics as the best production of the year. It’s also the acting duel of the season: between Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson (expected to be Oscar-nominated for their performances). AFF spectators will also watch The Climb by Michael Angelo Covino—an unusual buddy movie awarded in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section. The 10th anniversary edition of American Film Festival will take place on November 5-11, 2019. You can still buy a festival pass.

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The Lighthouse, or dark and uncensored sea tales

The latest film by Robert Eggers is a masterpiece establishing its own rules from the very first scenes: this claustrophobic gothic tale was shot in black and white. In the 1890s, two men locked up in the lighthouse for weeks try to reach an agreement, never stop smoking the pipe and slowly lose their minds as they are pent-up on a small, mysterious island. The movie is scary and hysterically funny, full of juicy, exceptionally long dialogs, none of which are printable. 

The Climb — a new look on a buddy movie 

The Climb began its career as a short film which became a sensation at the 2017 Sundance Festival. The feature version develops the initial idea which results in a refreshing buddy movie, based on the actual friendship of Kyle and Mike — the director and the screenwriter of the film, respectively. It’s a story of their complicated relationship: a few days before his wedding, Kyle finds out that Mike is sleeping with his fiancée. This information causes a series of bittersweet events, accompanied by a large dose of smart humor.

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