Sunday, October 18, 2015

Philadelphia Film Festival Starts Thursday and runs through November 1

This is a killer fest. If you're in Phillie or the area around it and haven't been able to get to NYFF or any of the other big festivals there is plenty here to see. If I wasn't rooted to New York I'd be there.

Tickets and such can be had here.

Below is the press release for the festival. Since we've seen a bunch of the films already I've placed links in the press release below to our reviews:

Philadelphia, PA, October 2, 2015 - The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full film line-up of the 24th Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 22 - November 1 on 6 theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

Opening on October 22nd with Anomalisa and closing on October 30th with Where to Invade Next, the 11-day Philadelphia Film Festival will locally premiere over 130 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee that travels to festivals around the world, all year long, to officially select each film in the program.

"I'm thrilled with this year's fantastic line-up of films, bringing so many incredible features and shorts from around the world to Philadelphia for our 24th edition," said Executive Director J. Andrew Greenblatt. "From our Opening Night screening of the Venice Grand Prize winner Anomalisa to the Closing Night screening of master documentarian Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next, this year's slate is not only incredibly strong and diverse, but fully represents what a film festival truly is: the gathering of a community of film lovers experiencing some of the most exciting, challenging, innovative, prestigious and thought-provoking films of the year, with many of the artists behind these films in attendance."

"It's bursting at the seams!" said Michael Lerman, Artistic Director. "With our biggest program in several years, we're very lucky to be showcasing a collection of work that is overstuffed with gems, featuring over twenty works from world renowned directors (including our bold and fantastic opening and closing night selections) along with plenty of great surprises from first timers."

The Philadelphia Film Society is honored that Michael Moore, the Academy-Award winning filmmaker and best-selling author behind Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, will be joining the #PFF24 Closing Night Celebration at the Prince Theater.

The full Festival schedule and digital Festival Program Guide is available now on

Screenings for the 24th Philadelphia Film Festival will take place at the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106), Ritz at the Bourse (400 Ranstead St, Philadelphia, PA 19106), PFS Roxy Theater (2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103), and Prince Theater (1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102). Tickets will go on-sale for Philadelphia Film Society members on Friday, October 2, and to the general public beginning Monday, October 5. Tickets may be purchased through the Festival website,, or in-person at the Main Box Office at the Prince Theater.

24th Philadelphia Film Festival Full Line-up

Opening Night Film
Anomalisa, Director Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson. 2015, USA.

Closing Night Film
Where To Invade Next, Director Michael Moore. 2015, USA.

Centerpiece Screenings
Brooklyn, Director John Crowley. 2015, Ireland, UK.
Carol, Director Todd Haynes. 2015, USA, UK.
Our Brand Is Crisis, Director David Gordon Green. 2015, USA.
Room, Director Lenny Abrahamson. 2015, Ireland, Canada.
A Royal Night Out, Director Julian Jarrold. 2015, UK.
Youth, Director Paolo Sorrentino. 2015, Italy.

From the Vaults: Film history comes alive as it was meant to be seen - on the big screen. Come see old favorites bigger than life once again.
Life of Brian, Director Terry Jones. 1979, UK.
The Memory of Justice, Director Marcel Ophuls. 1976, UK, USA, Germany.
My Sex Life...or How I Got Into An Argument, Director Arnaud Desplechin. 1996, France.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, Director Eric Zala. 1989, USA.

A Very Scary Sleepover: Wes Craven's Halloween Nightmare
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Director Rachel Talalay. 1991, USA.
The Hills Have Eyes, Director Wes Craven. 1977, USA.
The Last House on the Left, Director Wes Craven. 1972, USA.
New Nightmare, Director Wes Craven. 1994, USA.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Director Jack Sholder. 1985, USA.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Director Chuck Russell. 1987, USA.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Director Renny Harlin. 1988, USA.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Director Stephen Hopkins. 1989, USA.
A Nightmare on Elm Street, Director Wes Craven. 1984, USA.
The People Under the Stairs, Director Wes Craven. 1991, USA.
Scream, Director Wes Craven. 1996, USA.

Spotlights, Presented by Philadelphia Magazine: Highly-anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the world.
The 33, Director Patricia Riggen. 2015, Chile, Columbia.
Camino, Director Josh C. Waller. 2015, USA.
James White, Director Josh Mond. 2015, USA.
Legend, Director Brian Helgeland. 2015, UK.
The Lobster, Director Yorgos Lanthimos. 2015, Ireland, UK.
Macbeth, Director Justin Kurzel. 2015, UK.
Man Up, Director Ben Palmer. 2015, UK.
Monty Python's The Meaning of Live, Director Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam. 2015, UK
The Program, Director Stephen Frears. 2015, UK.
Remember, Director Atom Egoyan. 2015, Canada, Germany.

Masters of Cinema, Presented by Comcast: These new films exemplify the masterful work of world-renowned filmmakers as they continue to thrill and inspire audiences with cutting-edge features.
The Club, Director Pablo Larrain. 2015, Chile.
Dheepan, Director Jacques Audiard. 2015, France.
In the Shadow of Women, Director Philippe Garrel. 2015, France.
In Transit, Directors Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, David Usui. 2015, USA.
Love, Director Gaspar Noe. 2015, France.
Mia Madre, Director Nanni Moretti. 2015, Italy, France.
Mountains May Depart, Director Jia Zhang-Ke. 2015, China, Japan, France.
My Golden Days, Director Arnaud Desplechin. 2015, France.
The Pearl Button, Director Patricio Guzman. 2015, Chile, France, Spain.
Sunset Song, Director Terence Davies. 2015, UK, Luxembourg.
Tale of Tales, Director Matteo Garrone. 2015, Italy, France, UK.
Taxi, Director Jafar Panahi. 2015, Iran.
The Treasure, Director Corneliu Porumboiu. 2015, Romania, France.
The White Knights, Director Joachim Lafosse. 2015, France, Belgium.

World Narratives, Presented by 6ABC: Explore the world through film with this diverse selection of international cinema that features distinct perspectives and images from around the globe.
45 Years, Director Andrew Haigh. 2015, UK.
Body, Director Malgorzata Szumowska. 2015, Poland.
The Boy and the Beast, Director Mamoru Hosoda. 2015, Japan.
Bridgend, Director Jeppe Ronde. 2015, Denmark.
Chasuke's Journey, Director Sabu. 2015, Japan.
Guilty, Director Meghna Gulzar. 2015, India.
Hedi Schneider Is Stuck, Director Sonja Heiss. 2015, USA, France.
The High Sun, Director Dalibor Matanic. 2015, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia.
Homesick, Director Anne Sewitsky. 2015, Norway.
Just Jim, Director Craig Roberts. 2015, UK.
Kilo Two Bravo, Director Paul Katis. 2015, UK.
Mediterranea, Director Jonas Carpignano. 2015, Italy.
Men & Chicken, Director Anders Thomas Jensen. 2015, Denmark.
Much Loved, Director Nabil Ayouch. 2015, France, Morocco.
Mustang, Director Deniz Gamze Erguven. 2015, France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar.
Rams, Director Grimur Hakonarson. 2015, Iceland.
The Survivalist, Director Stephen Fingelton. 2015, UK, Northern Ireland.
Umrika, Director Prashant Nair. 2015, India.
Victoria, Director Sebastian Schipper. 2015, Germany.
The Wave, Director Roar Uthaug. 2015, Norway.

New French Films, Presented by TV5Monde: The birthplace of cinema, France continues to produce some of the best movies in the world with films that are funny, daring, sexy and uniquely French.
Disorder, Director Alice Winocour. 2015, France.
Evolution, Director Lucile Hadzihalilovic. 2015, France.
Fatima, Director Philippe Faucon. 2015, France.
I Am a Soldier, Director Laurent Lariviere. 2015, France.
Learn By Heart, Director Mathieu Vadepied. 2015, France.

Spanish Language Stories, Presented by Southwest Airlines: Offering gripping stories and unique perspectives, these Spanish-language films explore a multitude of subjects ranging from the culturally specific to the universal.
600 Miles, Director Gabriel Ripstein. 2015, Mexico.
El Cinco, Director Adrian Biniez. 2014, Argentina.
Embrace of the Serpent, Director Ciro Guerra. 2015, Columbia, Venezuela, Argentina.
Ixcanul Volcano, Director Jayro Bustamante. 2015, Guatemala, France
Magallanes, Director Salvador del Solar. 2015, Peru, Argentina, Columbia, Spain.
Viaje, Director Paz Fabrega. 2015, Costa Rica.

Feast: A delightful tasting menu highlighting contemporary culinary stories from around the globe.
An, Director Naomi Kawase. 2015, Japan, France, Germany.
Beer Runners, Director Justin Wirtalla. 2014, USA, Spain.
The Birth of Sake, Director Erik Shirai. 2015, USA.
King Georges, Director Erika Frankel. 2015, USA.

American Independents, Presented by Park Towne Place: Featuring powerful new voices in American cinema, these fresh, gritty films explore a variety of subjects through the filmmaker's uncompromising vision. All films in this series are a part of the "PFF On Us" free ticketing program.
Emelie, Director Michael Thelin. 2015, USA
Entertainment, Director Rick Alverson. 2015, USA.
Krisha, Director Trey Edward Shults. 2015, USA.
Lamb, Director Ross Partridge. 2015, USA.
Naz and Maalik, Director Jay Dockendorf. 2014, USA.
Quitters, Director Noah Pritzker. 2014, USA.
Take Me to the River, Director Matt Sobel. 2015, USA.

Greater Filmadelphia, Presented by Philadelphia Gas Works: Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this category brings our city and its talent to the big screen.
Baby Baby Baby, Director Brian Klugman. 2015, USA
The Benefactor, Director Andrew Renzi. 2015, USA.
Funny Bunny, Director Alison Bagnall. 2015, USA.
A Light Beneath Their Feet, Director Valerie Weiss. 2015, USA.
The Prince of Pennsylvania, Director Jesse Vile. 2015, USA, UK.
A Rising Tide, Director Ben Hickernell. 2015, USA.
When Voices Meet, Director Nancy Sutton Smith. 2015, South Africa, USA.

Documentary Showcase, Presented with support by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation: Comprising the best in documentary filmmaking, these compelling films feature everything from stirring character studies to fascinating looks at current global issues.
The Great Alone, Director Greg Kohs. 2014, USA.
Palio, Director Cosima Spender. 2015, UK, Italy.
Peggy Guggenheim - Art Addict, Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland. 2015, USA.
Raiders!, Directors Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen. 2015, USA.
Sherpa, Director Jennifer Peedom. 2015, Australia, UK.
(T)error, Directors Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe. 2015, USA.
Welcome to Leith, Directors Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walter. 2015, USA.

Sight and Soundtrack, Presented by KYW1060: Featuring rockumentaries, musician biopics and films that are centered on the unifying power of music.
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, Director Kevin Kerslake. 2015, USA.
Breaking a Monster, Director Luke Meyer. 2015, USA.
Free Entry, Director Yvonne Kerékgyártó. 2014, Hungary.
Hot Sugar's Cold World, Director Adam Bhala Lough. 2015, USA, France.
Mavis!, Director Jessica Edwards. 2015, USA.

The Graveyard Shift: Horror, action, suspense, and the downright weird, these films will keep you awake during the graveyard shift.
Baskin, Director Can Evrenol. 2015, Turkey.
Demon, Director Marcin Wrona. 2015, Poland, Israel.
The Hallow, Director Colin Hardy. 2014, Ireland, UK.
The Invitation, Director Karyn Kusama. 2015, USA.
SPL 2 - A Time for Consequences, Director Soi Cheang. 2015, Hong Kong.

Short Films
Bacon & God's Wrath, Director Sol Friendman. 2015, Canada.
Body Team 12, Director David Darg. 2015, USA.
Copycat, Director Charlie Lyne. 2015, UK.
The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul, Director Kitty Green. 2014, Australia.
The Little Deputy, Director Trevor Anderson. 2015, Canada.
Manoman, Director Simon Cartwright. 2015, UK.
The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano, Director Joshua Seftel. 2015, USA.
{The And} Marcela & Rock, Director Topaz Adizes. 2015, USA.
Myrna the Monster, Director Ian Samuels. 2014, USA.
Object, Director Paulina Skibińska. 2015, Poland.
Palm Rot, Director Ryan Gillis. 2015, USA.
Pink Grapefruit, Director Michael Mohan. 2015, USA.
Pop-Up Porno: m4m, Director Stephen Dunn. 2015, Canada.
Storm Hits Jacket, Director Paul Cabon. 2014, France.
The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal, Directors Chris Felisgrau, Ronnie Rivera. 2015, USA.
Superior, Director Erin Vassilopoulos. 2015, USA.
Tatuape Mahal Tower, Directors Carolina Markowicz, Fernanda Salloum. 2014, Brazil.
Teeth, Directors Tom Brown, Daniel Gray. 2015, USA, Hungary, UK.
Tose: The Movie, Director Mike Tollin. 2015, USA.
Two Films About Loneliness, Directors William Bishop-Stephens, Christopher Eales. 2014, UK.
World of Tomorrow, Director Don Hertzfeldt. 2015, USA.

Thanks to generous support provided by the Wyncote Foundation, the Festival continues the "PFF On Us" free ticketing program, providing complimentary tickets to all films in the American Independents and Documentary film categories. Tickets are available to the public, as well as in partnership with select organizations. PFF On Us also hosts weekday morning student screenings, presented in part by Peco and featuring the films Raiders!, Breaking A Monster, Learning By Heart and Umrika. To register for free tickets, visit

The 24th Philadelphia Film Festival is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors, including:
Official Sponsors: 6ABC, Comcast, KYW1060, Philadelphia magazine, and Southwest Airlines.
Premiere Sponsors: Alkemy-K, Core Water, Dark Horse Wine, Dock Street Brewery, Park Towne Place, PECO, Regional Resources, Stella Artois, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and University of Pennsylvania.
Patron Sponsors: Amtrak, Citi Private Pass, Cozen O'Connor, Glenmede, Iroko Pharmaceuticals, Rock n Roll Half Marathon, Sundance Doc Club, TV5Monde, and Wyndham Hotel: Philadelphia Historic District.
Participating Sponsors: 1925 Lounge, Brandywine Realty Trust, Circuit Six, The Condo Shop, The Irish Pol, Ox Coffee, Positano Coast, and SugarHouse Casino.


Philadelphia Film Society is a 501(c)(3) member supported nonprofit organization with a mission to utilize the power of film and provide resources for other creative arts to engage, educate, entertain, and promote cultural understanding within diverse communities.

We achieve this mission by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, and operating the PFS Roxy and Prince theaters, which jointly provide daily access to art house theater programming, curated film series and special engagement experiences that heighten the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and an instrument of cultural change. Additionally, our venues expand as a resource for local nonprofits, furthering the organization's commitment to create and sustain a robust arts and culture community in Philadelphia.

For more information about the Philadelphia Film Society, please contact us at 267-239-2941 or visit

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