My picks for 19th Annual Polish Film Festival (Oct. 17-25, 2018)

by Tom Nguyen

October is always teeming with great film festivals in Los Angeles! It’s as if all the cinephiles, like myself, suddenly needed a break from an overstimulating summer of competing activities, and cocoon ourselves inside a myriad of film screenings this month as a Fall transition. Next up: 19th Annual Polish Film Festival, which opened Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, with a gala screening of Squadron 303, based on the true history of Polish pilots who shot down three times more Luftwaffe planes during the Battle of Britain than other Allied pilots.

The film festival continues through Thursday, October 25, at two primary venues: Laemmle Noho 7 Theatre in North Hollywood and Laemmle’s Monica Film Center in Santa Monica. There will also be free screenings at CSU Northridge and USC campuses and Hellada Gallery in Long Beach. Here are my picks (in order of appearance at the festival): Continue Reading →

Film Festivals, Foreign Oscar Entries and Special Screenings Galore! November 11-17

by Tom Nguyen

Unfortunately, a bout of flu kept me from AFI FEST. If you also missed (or decided to avoid) all the buzz, fanfare and crowds surrounding a lot of new films from around the world, have no fear! As AFI FEST winds down this week, there are multiple more film festivals and special screenings all over SoCal, especially for fans of foreign cinema! It’s one of those weeks where everyone seemed to schedule their festivals on the same week…there are 3 Latin American film festivals alone! Here is a list of notable ones and descriptions from their sites:


19th Annual Arab Film Festival @ Harmony Gold, Nov. 13-15, $10-12/film
AFF is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country. The festival has an international standing and is considered one of the most important Arab film festivals outside the Arab world. It strives to present the best contemporary films that provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Arab world alongside realistic perspectives on Arab people, culture, art, history and politics.

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