Right on the heels of Fantastic Fest and the Austin Film Festival come the Austin Polish Film Festival (Nov 2-6) as well as the Austin Jewish Film Festival (Nov 4-10).
The Austin Polish Film Festival and Poster Exhibit provides a unique opportunity for central Texans to experience award-winning films and meet guest artists from Poland and Eastern Europe, outside of the regular film festival circuit. The Austin Polish society has been producing the festival since 2006. In addition to the traditional lineup of moving and groundbreaking films that are part of the festival, this year also has several already commended titles.
One of them is “Afterimage,” the last work of the acclaimed late Polish film director Andrzej Wajda, who died in 2016 at the age of 90 soon after the release of this film. Also of note this year is the 2017 film “Spoor,” which is Poland’s submission to the Oscar’s competition for the best foreign language film, directed by Agnieszka Holland.
Founded in 2002, the Austin Jewish Film Festival is an annual cinematic exploration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture and filmmaking for everyone. The AJFF is the only Jewish event in the Greater Austin region’s arts calendar, attracting approximately 1,000 diverse patrons annually and garnering international acclaim.
This year’s opening night film is “1945” from Hungarian director Ferenc Török. The film is not about the Holocaust, but rather a drama that relates the events of a single afternoon in a remote Hungarian village where the arrival of two Orthodox Jews catalyzes an unwelcome reckoning with the recent past of the locals. It has already won awards at the San Francisco Jewish Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival and the Jerusalem Film Festival.