Over the last couple weeks, I’ve had the great opportunity to speak with many of you about our fantastic program this year, and I’m thrilled with how excited everyone seems to be. As the Festival approaches, I wanted to share a few additional thoughts with you.
Last Friday, the whole line up for this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival went live. Hopefully in the week that it’s been available, you’ve noticed that there’s a great selection this year, but for you newbies (or even some of you veteran festival goers), it might be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which films to see. So, for your benefit, I took the liberty of polling some of the Philadelphia Film Society office staff to see what movies they’re most excited to see on this year’s schedule.
The Philadelphia Film Society hosted a screening of the film that opened this year’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival, HELLO I MUST BE GOING, at World Café Live in University City. That’s right, folks – our screenings aren’t just for movie theaters anymore!
DREDD 3D is quite possibly the one of the best surprises that you’ll see at the cinema all year (apart from the films of the 21st Annual Philadelphia Film Festival, October 18-28, 2012
By Ben Silverio
This weekend, the new movie from the hometown writing/directing team Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, ‘The Words’, opens in theaters everywhere. Featuring fellow Philly boy Bradley Cooper, as well as Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, and J.K. Simmons, the film tells the story of Rory Jansen, a struggling writer who finds fame after passing off a lost manuscript as his own novel and then deals with the consequences of stealing another man’s words.
The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the addition of a new blogger to the crew who goes by the name of Ben F. Silverio.
Each year my dream is to attend the Sundance Film Festival and each year I fail to make this trip a reality. But I do make a point to find out which films are getting buzz. Before wining the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, I had made a note to try and see Robot & Frank, if it got picked up and released.
Earlier this week, PFS members previewed the new film, Lawless, by director John Hillcoat; starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce.
I just got back from Korea where the longstanding Puchon International Fantastic Festival is serving up some of the greatest new genre titles from around the world. Among the big events here, there were packed houses for films from Asia like Doomsday Book, an anthology featuring top Korea directors like PFF alum Kim Ji-Woon who made A Tale of Two Sisters and The Good, The Bad and the Weird. Also featured was a great world program with American favorites opening here this summer like Sound of My Voice and Safety Not Guaranteed. I spent some quality time combing through the program for great new work I could bring to Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Film Society will be screening KILLER JOE, which had its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, for members on Wednesday, August 7, 2012. Intern Sam Denitz got a special chance to see the film in advance and in celebration of the upcoming screening, we are posting Sam’s thoughts on the film BEFOREHAND to let you know what you’re getting yourself into.
PLEASE NOTE: The film KILLER JOE is rated NC-17 for “graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality” – it is a difficult film to watch at times for some, but it is certainly a one-of-a-kind WILD ride that people will be talking about for months!