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AMFEST 16th American Film Festival
October 7 - October 26
Karo 11 Oktyabr Karo 11 Oktyabr

US cinema is not just a separate country on the art map of the planet; a whole continent where there is a place for a number of states. Hollywood with its colossal budgets and universal language stands close to independent experiments, author cinema.

Moreover, the borders between all cinematic states are open - and the stars can play in a small film out of interest, not for profit, and directors who start with small works, now receive offers from major studios.

The festival opens with the Russian premiere of the Jockey. Clint Bentley’s thrilling film tells the story of Jackson (Clifton Collins Jr), a jockey propelled by the burning competitiveness whose heart beats in-sync with the rhythm of thundering hooves.

Swan Song tells a story of a retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home after learning of his former client's dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past – and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. Swan Song is a comical and bittersweet journey about rediscovering one’s sparkle, and looking gorgeous while doing so.

The Letter Room is a nice little short about a corrections officer who gets transferred to the prison's prisoner communications department, and how he slowly finds himself involved in the prisoners' private conversations.

When Adam's (Mark Duplass) husband surprises him with weekly Spanish lessons, he's unsure about where or how this new element will fit into his already structured life. But when tragedy strikes, his Spanish teacher, Cariño (Natalie Morales), becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Adam develops an unexpected and complicated emotional bond with Cariño — but do you really know someone just because you’ve experienced a traumatic moment with them? Watch Language Lessons, directed by Natalie Morales.

In thhe feel-good apocalyptic comedy How It Ends, Liza (Zoe Lister-Jones) embarks on a hilarious journey through LA in hopes of making it to her last party before it all ends, running into an eclectic cast of characters along the way.

The Year of the Everlasting Storm is an International film almanacs about life in the covid era. Featuring seven stories from seven auteurs from around the world, the film chronicles this unprecedented moment in time, and is a true love letter to the power of cinema and its storytellers.

The Metropolitan Opera presents Yannick: An Artist’s Journey, a feature-length documentary by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke that follows Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin on his inspiring journey from ten-year-old budding conductor to Met Music Director—the pinnacle of the opera world—capturing the alchemy of the creative process and what it means to refine the soul of an artist. The film also features performances from La Traviata and Dialogues des Carmélites.

Strawberry mansion tells a story of the not-too-distant future, when an all-seeing surveillance state conducts "dream audits" to collect taxes on the unconscious lives of the populace. Mild-mannered government agent James Preble (Kentucker Audley) travels to a remote farmhouse to audit the dreams of Arabella "Bella" Isadora (Penny Fuller), an eccentric, aging artist. Entering Bella's vast VHS archive, which contains a lifetime of dreams, Preble stumbles upon a secret that offers him a chance at love—and hope for escape.

In Nine Days, Will (Winston Duke) spends his days in a remote outpost watching the live Point of View (POV) on TV's of people going about their lives, until one subject perishes, leaving a vacancy for a new life on earth. Soon, several candidates — unborn souls — arrive at Will's to undergo tests determining their fitness, facing oblivion when they are deemed unsuitable. But Will soon faces his own existential challenge in the form of free-spirited Emma (Zazie Beetz), a candidate who is not like the others, forcing him to turn within and reckon with his own tumultuous past...

Miracle Valley is a funny horror from the iconic actor Greg Sestero. An obsessive photographer and his girlfriend are invited to a desert getaway in search of an ultra-rare bird. Fortune, fame and mending their fading relationship takes a turn at the hands of a sinister force where they face demons from both past, present and future.

Julie Davis writes bestselling children's books about unlocking your fears, but has yet to unlock her own. When her daughter is born, that trauma is brought to the fore, and with it, a crushing battle to survive. Watch A Mouthful of Air.

Sci-fi Mayday tells a story of Ana, who is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land where she joins an army of girls engaged in a never-ending war. Though she finds strength in this exhilarating world, she realizes that she's not the killer they want her to be.

Watch a documentary about Anthony Bourdain and his career as a chef, writer and host, revered and renowned for his authentic approach to food, culture and travel.

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