After premiering at Cannes Film Festival, ‘The Sapphires’ came to Philadelphia for PFF21 and received as much fanfare as it did in France. Audiences embraced the true story of four talented young Aboriginal girls, plucked from obscurity and transformed into a soulful Motown-style singing group.
As of this morning, there is officially one week remaining in our Kickstarter campaign to get the Roxy Theater back to it’s former glory. And thanks to the 395 incredible backers so far, we’ve reached our goal of $40,000.00! With this post, we’d like to extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to the cause to restore the last remaining independent theater in Center City.
There are some films that win Oscars and are included on every “100 Best Movies” list God created. They go down in the annals of time as masterpieces that inspire their audiences and imprint themselves in our collective memories. They prove that cinema is truly a great artform.
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March is Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating the best way we know how – by watching movies! There are dozens upon dozens of films that would be perfect to celebrate Women’s History Month, but I have chosen a select few. The films that I have picked span decades and genres, and highlight women’s struggles, triumphs and the extraordinary female spirit that has pulled us through.
Introducing the return of And You Call Yourself a Film Buff…! This series was started a couple of years ago by a former PFS intern in response to repeatedly hearing “You’ve never seen this movie?! And you call yourself a film buff!” In an effort to rectify the situation, we are scouring ‘best movies’ lists everywhere and watching the essentials. If you have also recently seen some previously overlooked must-sees, let us know what you think! If you are a seasoned cinephile, who’s seen these films time and time again, let us know your thoughts versus our newbie reflections!
This year marked my first time attending the Berlinale. Having never been to Berlin before, and knowing the importance of the Festival, I was very excited for the trip. Every Festival is a very distinct experience, and Berlinale is no exception. The industry presence is overwhelmingly international, even more so than Cannes, largely because of the proximity to Sundance (Berlin starts about 2 weeks after).
We are nearing the end of the 2013 Awards Season, which means that the Oscars are quickly approaching. In less than a week a new batch of filmmakers and artists will be able to prefix their names with the prestigious “Academy Award Winner…” Unlike many of my generation, I enjoy the Oscars immensely. It is true that the speeches and constant commercial breaks can get tedious, but I see the Academy Awards as a celebration of new Hollywood and Old Hollywood, as young starlets walk down the same red carpet as Audrey Hepburn and Bette Davis.
One of the shining standouts of the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival and of the whole year was David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Set in Philadelphia, last year’s opening night film starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, and Jennifer Lawrence follows a bi-polar man who recently gets released from a mental hospital and befriends a mysterious girl with her own baggage who agrees to help him reconcile with his estranged wife. But through a series of events that involves dancing and the Philadelphia Eagles, the pair grows closer together despite all their problems.
Just got back from the Sundance Film Festival and I’m happy to report that there are some great things in store for filmgoers this year. After many sleepless nights, long hours in lines and some plowing through screeners in front of my laptop, I’ve managed to sift through 90+ movies. Some incredible gems, some duds, plenty of things I’m excited to follow up with and hopefully bring to Philly in the fall. What will make the cut? You’ll just have to wait and see. But, in the meantime, there are some great Sundance hits just around the corner. This spring will see the release of Shane Carruth’s eagerly anticipated and beautifully enigmatic Upstream Color, his second feature since he won Sundance with his time-travel masterpiece Primer. Slated for a March release, Upstream Color is a major piece of cinema that is not to be missed.