(Thursday, October 10, 2013 – Philadelphia, Pa) – The 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival, which runs from Thursday, October 17 – Sunday, October 27, is excited to announce additions to the film line-up.
The Festival is thrilled to be adding a Centerpiece Screening of 12 Years A Slave, already one of the most critically acclaimed and highly anticipated films of the year. The follow-up from renowned director Steve McQueen to 2011′s Shame, 12 Years A Slave tells the incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom after being abducted and sold into slavery. The screening of 12 Years A Slave will take place on Saturday, October 19th at 8:30pm in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, in the timeslot formerly occupied by Nebraska.
Likewise the Festival is excited to announce that the screening of Nebraska, previously scheduled for Saturday, October 19th at 8:30pm, will take place instead on Monday, October 21st at 7:30pm at the Prince Music Theater, with director Alexander Payne and actor Will Forte scheduled to attend. Bruce Dern, who was previously announced to appear, is unfortunately no longer expected to be in attendance.
Finally, the Festival has also added Omar, the Best Foreign Film nominee from the Palestinian Territory for the Academy Awards. The new film from Oscar-nominated director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now), Omar is an intense and romantic thriller about a Palestinian teenager whose life is thrown into disarray when he is arrested for the alleged shooting of an Israeli soldier and asked to turn on those closest to him. Omar will screen twice, on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30pm at the Cinemark University 6 and at 12:00pm on Thursday, October 24th at the Ritz East. These screenings are in place of Documented, which will no longer be included in the Festival due to technical issues.
Tickets for the above screenings are now available for purchase through the Festival Box Office, located at 1425 Locust Street, 2nd floor of The Condo Shop, as well as through the Festival website at www.filmadelphia.org/festival.
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