AFF 2018 Starts This Week!
Tomorrow, October 25th, 2018, Austin Film Festival will officially begin it’s 25th year. Known around the nation as the writer’s festival, AFF is gearing up to welcome celebrities and industry professionals as they flock to attend panels, pitch their scripts, hang at the Driskill Hotel, and figure out what the heck Natalie Portman is doing in Vox Lux. It’s a fantastic week full of movies, inspiration, and community.
Austin Film Core is proud to announce their partnership with Austin Film Festival this year and we’re presenting three films that we hope you’ll take the time to schedule if you’re attending this week. Take a look at these films:
LAUGH OR DIE
In 1918 Finland after the Civil War, Toivo Parikka, the famous actor of the Workers’ Theatre, is caught and sent to a prison camp where his remaining comrades languish on the verge of death. Parikka defies execution by cracking jokes in front of the squad and getting a laugh out of the guards. Seeing this, Captain Kalm, the camp commandant gives Parikka and unexpected offer: if the actor and his fellow captives can put on an entertaining play for his German guests, they will be spared
Ann is consumed by the fantasy of finding true love, but just when she thinks she’s found it, she is friend-zoned. The disappointment of rejection sends her into an obsessive downward spiral that tests the limits of her sanity and the strength of her closet friendship. In order to reclaim her bearing on reality, she confronts her overgrown fantasies by making a film about the experience. The result is a vulnerable, hilarious, and vibrantly stylized investigation of love.
THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA
On a cold winter night, estranged siblings Sarah and Aaron arrive in Dombrova, Poland with a singular mission: to fulfill their dying grandmother’s wish to find, dig up, and bring home the bones of her favorite childhood dog, Peter. Sarah and Aaron enlist the help of a cadre of friends including a doting innkeeper, a silent driver, and her studious young son. The siblings must face the challenges of this unfamiliar country and their own past turmoil in order to solve the mystery and give their grandmother what she most desires before it’s too late.
We certainly hope that however many films you choose to watch this week, you’ll have an enjoyable experience during AFF 2018, and if you have a chance to see these films, please let us know!