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American Made (2017)

action, drama, thriller

Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, is recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America and soon finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the United States.

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The Boy Downstairs (2017)

comedy, drama, romance

A young woman is forced to reflect on her first relationship when she inadvertently moves into her ex boyfriend's apartment building.

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Katie Says Goodbye (2016)

drama

A kindhearted seventeen-year-old in the American Southwest turns to prostitution to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.

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Sylvio (2017)

comedy, drama

It's the story of a small town gorilla, Sylvio, who is stuck in his job at a debt collection agency. Deep down he just wants to express himself with his hand puppet, Herbert Herpels, and his experimental puppet show that highlights the quiet moments of life.

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The Bleeder (2016)

drama, sport, biography

Chuck Wepner, the "Bayonne Bleeder," he was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa.

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Workshop with Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley

Albert Birney and Kentucker Audley, co-directors of Sylvio, talk about their experience of making an independent and unconventional feature film together.

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Sweet Virginia (2017)

drama, thriller

A former rodeo star, with a small time life, unknowingly starts a rapport with a young man who is responsible for the violence that has suddenly gripped his small town.

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Person to Person (2017)

drama

Follows a variety of New York characters as they navigate personal relationships and unexpected problems over the course of one day.

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Band Aid (2017)

comedy, romance

A couple who can't stop fighting embark on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage: turning their fights into songs and starting a band.

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American Independent Cinema: Lecture with Vladimir Lyaschenko

A lecture on American independent cinema with film critic Vladimir Lyaschenko.

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Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (2016)

drama

Norman Oppenheimer is the President of New York based Oppenheimer Strategies. His word-of-mouth business is consulting work largely in American-Israeli business and politics, that focus due to being Jewish.

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Brigsby Bear (2017)

comedy, drama

Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

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Gemini (2017)

thriller

A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss.

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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary (2016)

documentary

CHASING TRANE is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.

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Porto (2016)

drama, romance

Jake and Mati are two outsiders in the northerly Portuguese city of Porto who once experienced a brief connection.

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Patti Cake$ (2017)

drama

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making.

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Escapes (2017)

documentary

Director Michael Almereyda showcases the storytelling talents of Hampton Fancher - flamenco dancer, film and TV actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic Blade Runner, as well as screenwriter on the upcoming sequel.

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Basmati Blues (2017)

comedy, romance, musical

A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created.

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AMFEST Party

AMFEST Moscow closing party, free admittance.

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American Valhalla (2017)

documentary, musical

American Valhalla tells the story of an unlikely musical collaboration between two mavericks of American rock: Joshua Homme, frontman of Queens of the Stone Age and Iggy Pop, the Godfather of Punk.

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Ingrid Goes West (2017)

drama, comedy

Ingrid Thorburn is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing "likes" for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane is an Instagram-famous "influencer" whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid's latest obsession.

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Stronger (2017)

drama, biography

Runner Erin Hurley was still a mile away from the finish line when the bombs went off. Her boyfriend, Jeff Bauman, however, was right there.

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Marshall (2017)

drama, history, biography

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, MARSHALL, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days.

AMFEST. 12th American Film Festival

A lot of themes and subjects touched upon by the films of AMFEST 2017, a new iteration of the annual American cinema festival, would seem quite familiar to both the audience of long-standing festival and any connoisseur of American cinema. There is a couple of New York comedies in the shape of Woody Allen-esque dramatic panorama of everyday life in Person to Person and romantic comedy The Boy Downstairs featuring Zosia Mamet, one of the stars of HBO’s Girls. There are stark genre reports from the far less glamorous outskirts of American local life, such as Katie Says Goodbye, a wrenching drama of American dream gone wrong in small-town New Mexico, and Sweet Virginia, a gripping slice of moody neo-noir set in the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Then there’s Porto, a dreamy meditation on love, romance and loss, framed as a European voyage undertaken by an American, played in one of his final performances by the late Anton Yelchin.

Among other staples of the Amfest program are the independent film and the debut. The former slot this year is taken by Sylvio directed by actor Kentucker Audley known as a heartthrob of the ultra-independent cinema world. The latter is Brigsby Bear, a whimsical and heartbreaking debut by SNL’s Dave McCary featuring Claire Daines, Andy Samberg, Greg Kinnear, Mark Hammill and McCary’s SNL colleague Kyle Mooney.

The festival is to open with the latest Doug Liman film American Made featuring Tom Cruise, a hard-to-believe real-life drama of a pilot who went on to smuggle drugs for both CIA and South American drug lords.

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