21st Philadelphia Film Festival Begins TODAY!


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In just a few short hours, the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off this year’s festivities with a screening of David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro.

A Note from PFS Executive Director Andrew Greenblatt


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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.

PFF 21 Staff Picks


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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.



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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!

‘The Words’ Opens Today!


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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.

PFS Member Sneak Preview of ROBOT & FRANK


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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.

Artistic Director Michael Lerman Highlights The Best From Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival


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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.