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!
Members of the Philadelphia Film Society packed into Ritz East yesterday evening to get a sneak preview of SAVAGES, the latest film from director Oliver Stone. This film will not be released to the public until later this week, but already seems to be stirring much attraction. There was not an empty seat in the theatre, and this film provoked the crowd to laugh, cover their eyes, and gasp all at the same time.
Watch Trailers for IFC’s HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE and AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY to Win Tickets to YOUR SISTER’S SISTER!
YOUR SISTER’S SISTER is a favorite film in the PFS office and we are very excited to offer up a pair of Run of Engagement tickets for you to see the film during any showing Mon – Thurs after the film opens June 22, 2012 at the Ritz Five in Philadelphia! All you have to do to win the passes is watch two trailers of fantastic, upcoming documentaries from IFC Films and Sundance Selects and answer a question about each trailer.
Last Wednesday, the Philadelphia Film Society held a preview screening of Moonrise Kingdom,the ninth film of acclaimed director, Wes Anderson. The latest installment from the director that brought us The Royal Tennenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox, traces two committed youngsters, Sam and Suzy on their adventure to run awayfrom their misunderstood lives, so they can be hidden away from the rest of the world on the small, rocky Rhode Island beach cove they have named together, Moonrise Kingdom.
Eric Toledano, one of the directors of the French box-office smash, THE INTOUCHABLES had been barely been in Philadelphia a day before he learned a new word. There is no direct French translation for the phrase, and yet when it was explained to him Eric couldn’t think of a better word to describe his relationship with directing partner Olivier Nakache.
In celebration of the Barnes unveiling its new Philadelphia home with 56 consecutive hours of free admission and activities, the Philadelphia Film Society partnered with the Barnes for a Midnight Film Series that put a focus on art around the world.
IT’S THE WEEKEND!!!
What movies are you going to check out? There’s so much to choose from! The Avengers is still breaking records… The Dictator is finally invading theaters… 20th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival favorite Headhunters is still at the Ritz at the Bourse… And let’s not forget that PFS MEMBER SNEAK PREVIEW FILM BATTLESHIP brings the Aliens vs. Navy summer movie popcorn insanity to a screen near you. But my weekend pick is MANSOME from Morgan Spurlock, Oscar nominated director of PFS MEMBER SNEAK PREVIEW FILM THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD and Super Size Me.
The Philadelphia Film Society prides itself on ensuring that its members are the first in Philadelphia to see some of the very best in film – be it through our annual festival (the 21st Annual Philadelphia Film Festival will run October 18-28, 2012) or through our Sneak Preview series that keeps that festival feeling going all year long.
With the Summer Movie Season officially upon us, the Philadelphia Film Society is working hard to make sure that members get a chance to see as many Blockbusters, Spectacles, and Genre Offerings as possible. As a result, in the coming weeks members will be seeing BATTLESHIP, ROCK OF AGES, and CHERNOBYL DIARIES all BEFORE they hit theaters. Another staple of the Summer Movie Season is the Guilty Pleasure… and it doesn’t get more guilty than STEP UP REVOLUTION!