Now in its 22nd year, the Philadelphia Film Festival returns with an 11-day program of must-see films from October 17–October 27. Presented by the Philadelphia Film Society, the festival will screen over 100 movies from 36 countries at six theaters throughout the area. The event targets audiences by separating the films into distinct and creative categories, including Documentary Showcase (featuring the best in real-life filmmaking), From the Vaults (some of cinema’s greatest oldies), and Graveyard Shift (for those who love everything scary and strange), among others.
Opening night will begin with a screening of All is Lost, a Robert Redford film directed by J.C. Chandor, at the Perelman Theater (8 p.m.). An afterparty at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House follows, where guests can mingle with industry insiders and sip signature Grey Goose cocktails. The festival will conclude with Jason Reitman’s Labor Day at the Prince Music Theater (8 p.m.), and a corresponding closing night celebration at R2L Restaurant and Lounge.
“This year's festival contains some of the most anticipated films of the year, including 12 Years a Slave, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and Osage County,” says J. Andrew Greenblatt, executive director of the Philadelphia Film Society. “We add to that [some] of the best films from around the world, culled from Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, and more by our fantastic programming team. We are proud to feature both nine U.S. premieres of films in the Festival, which is really exciting for us, as well as another 11 films that have been nominated for best foreign film by their home countries.”
Among the notable personalities that will be in attendance for the festival are Bruce Dern, who will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award; Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme, who will present the 20th Anniversary screening of Philadelphia; and Rising Star Award recipient Kerry Bishé, who is known for her role in Argo and will have two films shown at the festival.
For more information, and to see the official program guide for the festival, visit filmadelphia.org/festival. Tickets can be purchased through the Festival website or in-person at the Main Box Office located at 1425 Locust St.