There is more to US cinema than studio productions and superficial, profit-driven entertainment. Dozens of noteworthy low-key projects displaying uncommon creative potential also come out every year. The Made in USA section is dedicated to just such American independent films boasting authorial vision and direction and a specific view of their dramatic or comedic characters and fictional worlds. This year’s genre-diverse selection delivers a view of the flipside of the Hollywood coin. Instead of comic-book heroes with superhuman powers saving the planet, it maps the lives of real American heroes who, despite disadvantages and shortcomings, pursue their dreams, passions and desire for authenticity to save just one life. Their own.
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