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.
Aging – without proper retirement funds, without a spouse, needing a hip replacement, feeling too old to be desirable, put out to pasture, needing closure with a person you fell in love with over 40 years ago. These are all rather depressing subjects; yet, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is anything but depressing. It’s lively, humorous and quick-witted.
The inaugural 4-day film festival, held from April 26-29, 2012, concludes with great success! Events took place at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Theater of the Living Arts (TLA) and World Cafe Live. Approximately 2,300 tickets sold to 26 Screenings of 19 rockumentaries, musician biopics, and films that are defined by great soundtracks.
Having recently returned from my annual trip to the Sundance Film Festival, which marks the beginning of the programming season for the Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), I wanted to share some of my favorite films.
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