The latest from the brother duo, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, The Kid With a Bike, vividly depicts the struggles of growing up a lower class Belgian from the vantage point of the young protagonist, Cyril. Cyril (Thomas Doret) is a hostile and unruly 11-year-old orphan determined to set off on a mission to find both his deadbeat dad and his bicycle. Along his journey, Cyril meets an empathetic hairdresser, Samantha (Cécile De France) who decides to care after him.
I just got back from SXSW, one of the most enjoyable festivals on the circuit, in no small part due to its location in Austin, Texas (one of my favorite cities in the world). While I had a short trip this year, I still managed to squeeze in 23 films, often at the various Alamo Drafthouse’s, quite possibly the best theatre chain in the country.
The Philadelphia Film Society is thrilled to have recently received a grant from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (the Fund) to go towards our general operating expenses. We deeply appreciate the generosity of the Fund and the City of Philadelphia and look forward to working with them this year to enrich the film community within Philadelphia.
Last week Philadelphia welcomed Academy Award winning actress Eva Marie Saint to the Prince Music Theater where she accompanied a special presentation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony had all of the opulence and glamor we expect to see year after year, and the evening managed to deliver a couple of surprises.
Last night PFS offered its members a sneak preview of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an international story of love, war, faith and fishing. An Arab Sheik from the country of Yemen (Amr Waked) strongly desires to bring the sport of salmon fishing to the desert. Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt) is the account executive of a British company which represents the business interests of the Shiek, and is given the task of finding a fishing expert/scientist, Dr. Fred Jones (Ewan McGregor) to head up the Sheik’s project.
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By Le Anne Lindsay
On Thursday February 16th PFS members got to see a preview screening of a new police drama starring Woody Harrelson, which actually is the second movie he’s made with director Oren Moverman and actor Ben Foster, the first being 2009’s The Messenger. In truth, Rampart isn’t a crime drama or police exposé, it’s a character study of a man who is both extremely articulate and seductive and at the same time, ridiculous and immoral.
Cast your ballots for this year’s Best Actor and Best Actress categories before the Academy Awards air on February 26!
Will George Clooney win a second statue for ‘The Descendants,’ or will Jean Dujardin become a first time winner for his performance in ‘The Artist’?