Heads up everybody! It's almost time for the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival which runs from Thursday 10/18 through Sunday 10/28. That's over 10 full days of screenings of around 100 feature length films from around the world, from noon until midnight, frequently on five screens throughout the city simultaneously! Are you as excited as I am?
Last year, audiences got to see critically acclaimed and award winning films in advance of their release dates including Academy Award Best Picture winner The Artist, The Descendants, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Shame, A Dangerous Method, Jeff Who Lives at Home, My Week with Marilyn, Anonymous, and Like Crazy. Or, if you prefer, take advantage of the opportunity to see films from around the world you might not otherwise come across.
Some of the higher profile highlights from this year's program include:
- Silver Linings Playbook (starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro)
- Flight (starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle)
- Signs (from 2002, featuring a post screening Q&A with writer/director M. Night Shyamalan)
- Cloud Atlas (starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry)
- Hyde Park on Hudson (starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney)
- Stand Up Guys (starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin, and isn't scheduled for release until next year).
- Not Fade Away (starring James Gandalfini)
- Quartet (Directed by Dustin Hoffman, and starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, and Billy Connolly, and isn't scheduled for release until next year.)
- Late Quartet (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken)
- The Sessions (starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy)
- Shadow Dancer (Starring Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson)
- Shanghai (Starring John Cusack and Chow Yun Fat)
- Wreck-It Ralph (Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman)
So don't delay, you can buy all access badges or individual tickets at very reasonable prices. (Trust me, the price of the all access badges would barely get you in the door at a festival like Sundance or Toronto. And here it gets you unlimited access to films for 10+ days and a special VIP admittance line.) Or better yet, become a member of the Philadelphia Film Society for as little as $75 a year ($25 if you're a student) and get passes and tickets to the festival plus advance screenings year round. It's the best deal in town for a cinephile. No joke. I don't promote things lightly on this site. But if you like movies and live in the Philadelphia area, you'd be foolish not to become a member.
See you at the festival!