(Philadelphia, Pa) Friday, September 28, 2012 – The 21st Philadelphia Film Festival is proud to announce that amongst the more than 100 feature length films screening at this year’s Festival, eight films have already been nominated by their home countries for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, scheduled for February 24, 2013. The films represent four Festival categories, Masters of Cinema, New French Films, Spanish Language Cinema and World Narratives, and include:
After Lucia, Director Michel Franco. Mexico, 2002.
Thursday, October 25, 5:00PM, Ritz Bourse Theater
Saturday, October 27, 2:35PM, Ritz Bourse Theater
Sunday, October 28, 10:00PM, Ritz East Theater
A huge award winner in Cannes, the sophomore feature from Mexican director Michel Franco (Daniel and Ana) is a profound and disturbing examination of loss and bullying.
Barbara, Director Christian Petzold. Germany, 2012.
Saturday, October 20, 7:50PM, Ritz East Theater
Wednesday, October 24, 7:10PM, Ritz East Theater
Set in 1980s East Germany, Barbara depicts the inner conflicts of a young doctor torn between her desire to escape to the West and her developing feelings toward a fellow physician.
Beyond the Hills, Director Cristian Mungiu. Romania, 2012.
Saturday, October 20, 2:10PM, Ritz East Theater
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00PM, Ritz East Theater
From Christian Mingiu, the man that brought us the powerful 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, comes a tragic tale of an exorcism gone awry.
Caesar Must Die, Directors Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani. Italy, 2012.
Friday, October 19, 7:30PM, Ritz East Theater
Monday, October 22, Ritz East Theater
Blurring the line between reality and fiction, this groundbreaking, experimental documentary, winner of the top prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, follows real-life prison inmates as they rehearse for an upcoming performance of Julius Caesar.
Clandestine Childhood, Director Benjamín Ávila. Argentina/Spain/Brazil 2011.
Thursday, October 25, 2:30PM, Ritz East Theater
Friday, October 26, 3:00PM, Ritz Bourse Theater
Sunday, October 28, 12:00PM, Ritz East Theater
Argentina in 1979 is no place to raise a family. But to 12-year-old Juan, the complexities of warfare are no match for those of the heart.
Lore, Director Cate Shortland. Austrailia, 1971.
Sunday, October 21, 4:45PM, Ritz East Theater
Monday, October 22, 5:00PM, Prince Music Theater
A Jewish refugee and the daughter of a Nazi are unlikely accomplices in this sexy, controversial drama.
A Royal Affair, Director Nikolaj Arcel. Denmark, 2012.
Tuesday, October 23, 4:30PM, Ritz East Theater
Thursday, October 25, 7:00PM, Ritz East Theater
Celebrated Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen shines in this compelling late eighteenth-century historical drama, depicting the real-life tragic romance between royal physician Johann Struensee and the Queen of Denmark.
Sister (L’enfant d’en Haut), Director Ursula Meier. Belgium, 2002.
Saturday, October 27, 12:30PM, Ritz East Theater
Sunday, October 28, 5:05PM, Ritz East Theater
One of the most beloved competition entries at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Sister is a heartfelt story of petty theft and family loyalty.
War Witch, Director Kim Nguyen. Canada, 2012.
Saturday, October 20, 12:00PM, Ritz East Theater
Tuesday, October 23, 5:15PM, Ritz Bourse Theater
This horrific story of child soldiers being recruited in Central Africa is grippingly told in director Kim Nguyen’s vivid and searing drama.
The full Festival schedule is available now at www.filmadelphia.org/festival and in Festival Program Guides throughout the city. Tickets will go on-sale for Philadelphia Film Society members on Friday, September 28, and to the general public beginning Monday, October 1. Tickets may be purchased through the Festival website, www.filmadelphia.org/festival, over the phone by calling 267-908-4733, or in-person at the Prince Music Theater Box Office (1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103).
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