PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS ANNOUNCES INITIAL LINE UP FOR 2013 MONTHLY FILM SERIES, PASSPORT TO WORLD CINEMA

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SECOND-YEAR PARTNERSHIP FOCUSES ON CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL CINEMA

 (PHILADELPHIA, PA) January 7, 2013 – The Philadelphia Film Society and the University of the Arts are proud to present Passport to World Cinema, a handpicked selection of the year’s strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the monthly screenings will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur. The ongoing partnership, now in its second year, encourages cinematic discussion and film education among local students and audiences via contemporary masterpieces. Each screening is open to the general public and free to both University of the Arts ID holders and Philadelphia Film Society members.

The series will launch on Thursday, January 31, 2013 and continue monthly throughout the year. All screenings will be held in the Levitt Auditorium at the University of the Arts’ Gershman Hall building, located at 401 South Broad Street, Center City Philadelphia. Tickets are available online at www.filmadelphia.org/events or at the door on the day of the show with a general admission fee of $5.00. Complimentary access is granted to Philadelphia Film Society members as well as University of the Arts students and faculty (with proper identification). Passport to World Cinema is the follow-up screening series to last year’s successful,  Artist as a Filmmaker series, a monthly film event highlighting world-renowned directors who transitioned their careers from visual artistry to filmmaking.

Currently scheduled films include:

 Thursday, January 31; 7:30pm

4Some; Czech Republic 2012. Director: Jan Hrebejk.

Two middle-aged couples rekindle their passions while on an erotic spouse-swapping vacation in this hilarious sex comedy from renowned Czech director Jan Hrebejk (Divided We Fall, Kawasaki’s Rose). Tickets for this film only are currently available for purchase online*, here. (Ticket fees may apply.)

 

Thursday, February 21; 7:30pm

The Fifth Season; France/Belgium/Netherlands 2012. Directors: Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth.

Belgian directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Khadak, Antiplano), true visionaries of surrealistic cinema, tell a bleak and beautiful tale of a small village where spring refuses to come, halting the harvest at a standstill and creating chaos among the residents.

 

Thursday, March 21; 7:30pm

The Angels’ Share ; UK/France/Belgium/Italy 2012. Director: Ken Loach.

A working-class hooligan and father-to-be sees a chance to turn his life of petty crime around when his community service officer opens him up to the world of whiskey distillery in this crowd-pleasing new film from PFS alum Ken Loach (Looking For Eric).

 

Thursday, April 25; 7:30pm

Stories We Tell; Canada 2012. Director: Sarah Polley.

Actress turned director Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Take This Waltz) returns with a documentary that examines the deep-seated secrets that run through her family. Told with plenty of humor and heart, this critical hit is sure to strike a chord with anyone who has ever uncovered a family truth.

 

Thursday, May 16; 7:30pm

Our Children; Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland 2012. Director: Joachim Lafosse.

A hit at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and widely hailed by critics as the best undistributed film of 2012, director Joachim Lafosse’s tragic, heartrending character study follows a housewife who begins to suffocate under the psychological pressures of trying to simultaneously please her husband, his overbearing live-in father and their several children.

For updated schedules and film information, please visit www.filmadelphia.org/events.

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