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(Philadelphia, Pa – September 25, 2013) – The 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF) proudly announces All is Lost as the Opening Night film, premiering in the new state-of-the-art Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center on Thursday, October 17 with a scheduled appearance by writer/director J. C. Chandor. One of the most anticipated films of the Fall, and featuring a tour-de-force solo performance from Robert Redford, All is Lost is a gripping tale of solitude and survival in the face of disaster.

“I am thrilled to be featuring All is Lost as our Opening Night Film. From the moment I walked out of the premiere in Cannes and experienced how special this film was, I knew it had to play our Festival,” said Executive Director Andrew Greenblatt. “Kicking off the event with this amazing film is the perfect start to what may be our finest line-up yet.”

Furthermore, the Festival is excited to announce that Bruce Dern will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented following the centerpiece screening of Alexander Payne’s new film, Nebraska, in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, October 19.

Likewise, Kerry Bishé will be in attendance to receive the Rising Star Award, following a sneak preview screening of her new film Blue Highway. Bishé also stars in Grand Piano, which will be screening in the Festival as well.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have our awards recipients for the festival this year.” said Artistic Director Michael Lerman.  “Bruce Dern and Kerry Bishé represent who we believe to be, respectively, the current and future legends of the silver screen and it is our pleasure to welcome them to Philadelphia.”

The Philadelphia Film Festival will run from Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 27 and feature more than 100 films from around the world highlighting significant, established and emerging filmmakers in the medium today. The 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors, including Official Sponsors, WPVI 6ABC, Comcast Xfinity, Philadelphia Magazine, Southwest Airlines, and the University of Pennsylvania; through the generous support of the Wyncote Foundation and Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, as well as through the support of members of the Philadelphia Film Society.

Badges are currently on-sale through the Festival website, Individual tickets will be available to PFS Members beginning Friday, September 27th, and to the general public beginning Tuesday, October 1st. For more information about the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival, please visit


The Philadelphia Film Society is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to utilize film’s unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding. It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival featuring the best of American and International cinema, programming the PFS Theater at the Roxy, thereby providing daily access to films and experiences from which the Philadelphia community can be further engaged and educated, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year that furthers the awareness of film as an important form of artistic expression and instrument of cultural change. PFS achieves its mission through various year-round film events, including the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, scheduled for October 17-27, 2013. For more information about the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Philadelphia Film Society, please contact the Philadelphia Film Society at 267-239-2941 or visit us at


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