Philly Film Festival set for October 18-27; films announced
9/25/2012 11:13:00 PM
Special ticket info at the bottom of this blog!
Get ready for the 21st annual Philadelphia Film Festival October 18-27. Opening night will feature a film that was shot right here and has tremendous buzz after premiering at TIFF last month. Locals saw the movie trucks and cameras all over Center City and Delaware County last year as Bradley Cooper ran around in a jogging suit filming "Silver Linings Playbook." What better film to open this year’s festival - and Cooper’s a native of our area to boot.
"Silver Linings Playbook" is an intimate, heartfelt, engaging and often hilarious, film about a former high school teacher who returns home, looking to rebuild his life after spending time in a mental institution.
Closing night will feature another highly buzzed film “Flight” on October 27. Robert Zemeckis' long-awaited return to live-action filmmaking, “Flight” tells the story of a seasoned airline pilot who crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, miraculously saving nearly everybody on board, and the subsequent investigation into what may have caused the crash.
“Both films are sure to be amongst the most talked about and celebrated films of the Fall,” says Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director of the festival.
"The Sopranos" creator, David Chase will screen his film "Not Fade Away," a coming-of-age tale about three young men who form a rock band in the 60’s in where else, New Jersey.
Other highlights will be:
- "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut about four aging retired opera singers.
- "Stand Up Guys," Fisher Stevens' action comedy starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.
- "Hyde Park on Hudson," Roger Michell’s intimate look into FDR’s extramarital affair with his distant cousin starring Bill Murray as the former President, FDR.
- "Cloud Atlas," a sci-fi drama with a star-studded cast from visionary directors Tom Tywker, Lana and Andy Wachowsky, adapted from David Mitchell's celebrated novel
The entire schedule will be released September 27 on the Festival's website and in the program guides available at most of the participating theaters:
- Ritz East (125 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106)
- Ritz Bourse (400 Ranstead St, Philadelphia, PA 19106),
- the Rave University Six (230 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
- Gershman Y at the University of the Arts (401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19103)
- Zellerbach Theater at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
- Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102)
- outdoor screenings at Shoemaker Green (33rd & Spruce Streets, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 19104) on Friday, October 26th.
Tickets will go on-sale for Philadelphia Film Society members on Friday, September 28, and to the general public beginning Monday, October 2nd. Tickets may be purchased through the Festival website, over the phone by calling 267-908-4733, or in-person at the Prince Music Theater Box Office (1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103).
People can save $2 on tickets through October 18 using discount code PFFSV2 when ordering tickets online at filmadelphia.org/tickets - this offer appears to be for online purchases only (not at the PFF Box Office). People can save $50 on any badge through October 18 using discount code PFF21 when ordering a badge online at filmadelphia.org/badges - this offer appears to be for online purchases only (not at the PFF Box Office).