21st Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Lineup, Guests

'Silvering Linings Playbook' will open the 21st PFF (Photo: Weinstein)

The Philadelphia Film Society has revealed the full lineup for the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, which will feature screenings of more than 100 films from 35 countries throughout the Greater Philadelphia area October 18-28.

The festival will open October 18th with a screening of director David O. Russell’s highly anticipated drama “Silver Linings Playbook.” The critically acclaimed film, which was shot in Philadelphia and stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, follows a former high school teacher as he tries to rebuild his life following a stint in a mental institution. “Playbook” recently won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

On October 27, the festival will close with director Robert Zemeckis’ live-action movie “Flight.” The film stars Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo and Don Cheadle, and tells the story of a pilot who makes a miraculous crash landing after a mid-air catastrophe. As an added bonus, Zemeckis (“Back to the Future” and “Forrest Gump”) will be in attendance for a closing night Q&A session following the film.

“Our programming team did a tremendous job yet again, delivering a stellar program for this year’s festival,” said PFF Executive Director Andrew Greenblatt in a press release. “I can’t imagine a better opening night film for our festival than ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ and I’m thrilled to have legendary director Robert Zemeckis bringing his latest film ‘Flight’ to Philadelphia for our closing night. Both films are sure to be amongst the most talked about and celebrated films of the fall.”

Movie fans can also enjoy five “centerpiece screenings,” featuring  more of the season’s most eagerly awaited films, such as “Cloud Atlas” (starring Tom Hanks), “Hyde Park on Hudson” (starring Bill Murray as President FDR), “Quartet” (directed by Dustin Hoffman), “Stand Up Guys” (starring Al Pacino) and “Not Fade Away” (directed by David Chase). Chase, who is best known as the creator of “The Sopranos,” is scheduled to appear for a post-screening Q&A.

Additional film categories included in the 11-day festival are Spotlights, Masters of Cinema, World Narratives, New French Films, Spanish Language Cinema, American Independents, Greater Filmadelphia, Documentary Showcase, Sight and Soundtrack, Sports in Motion, The Graveyard Shift and Short Films. (See the full list of films here.)

A “From the Vault” category will feature perennial film favorites, such as the 2002 M. Night Shyamalan thriller “Signs,” back on the big screen. The enigmatic filmmaker is also scheduled to appear at the screening in celebration of the film’s 10th anniversary.

Screening locations include Ritz East (125 S. 2nd St.), Ritz at the Bourse (400 Ranstead St.), Rave University Six (230 S. 40th St.), Gershman Y at the University of the Arts (401 S. Broad St.),  Zellerbacher Theater at the Annenberg Center (3680 Walnut St.), Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St.) and Shoemaker Green at the University of Pennsylvania (33rd and Spruce sts.).

To purchase tickets or get more information about the movies, dates, times and screening locations, visit http://www.filmadelphia.org/ or call 267-908-4733.


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