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By Mark Bell | September 27, 2013

The 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival, running October 17-27, 2013, has announced its full film lineup. From the official press release:

The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full line-up of the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 17 – October 27 on 6 theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

The Festival will open on October 17th with J.C. Chandor’s survival epic, All is Lost, starring Robert Redford, at the Perelman Theater. Jason Reitman’s unusual family portrait, Labor Day, will close the Festival on Friday, October 25th at the newly renovated Prince Music Theater.

“It’s been a fantastic year in film,” says Artistic Director Michael Lerman, “So it’s only fitting that we respond with what I think is one of our strongest programs yet. We’ve trimmed down a bit in size, but it’s only so we can make sure we are presenting the best of the best to the city of Philadelphia. More premieres, more memorable performances and a competition lineup that begs for a curious audience.”

The Festival will also include 5 centerpiece screenings, including August: Osage County, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Unknown Known.

“In addition to delivering yet another amazing program, for which I am incredibly proud to deliver to Philly. I’m particularly thrilled to be welcoming some brilliant luminaries to the Festival this year, including Bruce Dern, who is accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award alongside his brilliant performance in Nebraska; Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme, who is joining us to present the 20th Anniversary screening of Philadelphia; Rising Star Award recipient Kerry Bishe, fresh off her noteworthy turn in last year’s Best Picture winner Argo and visiting the Festival with two films, Blue Highway and Grand Piano.”

The narrative features vying competition this year are Harmony Lessons, directed by Emir Baigazin; Ilo Ilo directed by Anthony Chen; In Bloom, directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß; A Long and Happy Life, directed by Boris Khlebnikov; Mary, Queen of Scots, directed by Thomas Imbach; Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, directed by Denis Côté; We Are the Best!, directed by Lukas Moodysson. The documentary features competing are 12 O’Clock Boys, directed by Lotfy Nathan; Caucus, directed by AJ Schnack; God Loves Uganda, directed by Roger Ross Williams; Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, directed by Sophie Huber; The Kill Team, directed by Dan Krauss; La Maison de la Radio, directed by Nicolas Philibert; The Short Game, directed by Josh Greenbaum.

The full Festival schedule will be released on Friday, September 27th, and made available on

The Official Festival Program Guide can be viewed online or picked up in various locations throughout the area beginning Monday, September 30th.

Screenings for the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival will take place at the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106), Ritz at the Bourse (400 Ranstead St, Philadelphia, PA 19106), Cinemark (formerly the Rave, 230 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104), Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center (300 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102) and Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102). Tickets will go on-sale for Philadelphia Film Society members on Friday, September 27, and to the general public beginning Tuesday, October 1st. Tickets may be purchased through the Festival website,, or in-person at the Main Box Office (1425 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102).

22nd Philadelphia Film Festival Full Line-up

Opening Night Film
All is Lost, Director J.C. Chandor. USA, 2013.

Closing Night Film
Labor Day, Director Jason Reitman. USA, 2013

Centerpiece Screenings
August: Osage County, Director John Wells. USA, 2013.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Director Justin Chadwick. UK, South Africa, 2013.
Nebraska, Director Alexander Payne. USA, 2013. Sponsored by Hirshorn Company.
Philomena, Director Stephen Frears. UK, 2013.
The Unknown Known, Director Errol Morris. USA, 2013

From the Vaults: Film history comes alive as it was meant to be seen – on the big screen. Come see old favorites bigger than life once again.
Days of Heaven, Director Terrence Malick, USA, 1978
Philadelphia, Director Jonathan Demme. USA, 1993.
The Visitor, Director Giulio Paradisi. USA, Italy, 1979.

Spotlights: Highly-anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the world.
Category Sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine.

About Time, Director Richard Curtis. UK, 2013.
Alan Partridge, Director Declan Lowney. UK, 2013.
The Art of the Steal, Director Jonathan Sobol. Canada, 2013. US PREMIERE.
The Congress, Director Ari Folman. Israel, Germany, Poland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, 2013
Last Vegas, Director Jon Turteltaub. USA, 2013. Sponsored by Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Le Week-end, Director Roger Michell. UK, 2013. Sponsored by Janney Montgomery Scott.
Man of Tai Chi, Director Keanu Reeves. USA, China, 2012.
The Motel Life, Directors Gabriel Polsky, Alan Polsky. USA, 2012.

Masters of Cinema: These new films exemplify the masterful work of world-renowned filmmakers as they continue to thrill and inspire audiences with cutting-edge features. Category Sponsored by Comcast Xfinity.
Blue is the Warmest Color, Director Abdellatif Kechiche. France, Belgium, Spain, 2013.
Burning Bush, Director Agnieszka Holland. Czech Republic, 2013.
The Immigrant, Director James Gray. USA, 2013.
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, Director Stephen Chow. China, 2013.
Like Father, Like Son, Director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan, 2013.
Paradise: Hope, Director Ulrich Seidl. Austria, France, Germany, 2013.
A Touch of Sin, Director Jia Zhang-ke. China, Japan, 2013.
Young & Beautiful, Director François Ozon. France, 2013.

World Narratives: Explore the world through film with this diverse selection of international cinema that features distinct perspectives and images from around the globe. Category Sponsored by Southwest Airlines.
Before Snowfall, Director Hisham Zaman. Norway, Germany 2013.
Bombay Talkies, Director Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap. India, 2013.
Borgman, Director Alex van Warmerdam. The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, 2013.
Cold Eyes, Director Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo. South Korean, 2013.
Grigris, Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Chad, France, 2013.
Harmony Lessons, Director Emir Baigazin. Kazakhstan, Germany, France, 2013.
Ilo Ilo, Director Anthony Chen. Singapore, 2013.
Miele, Director Valeria Golino. Italy, France, 2013. Sponsored by Discover My Italy.
Mystery Road, Director Ivan Sen. Australia, 2013.
Northwest, Director Michael Noer. Demark, 2013.
Pioneer, Director Erik Skjoldbjærg. Norway, 2013.
Ragnorak, Director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose. Norway, 2013.
Rock the Casbah, Director Yariv Horowitz. Israel, France, 2013.
The Rocket, Director Kim Mordaunt. Australia, 2013.
The Selfish Giant, Director Clio Barnard. UK, 2013.
Tasting Menu, Director Roger Gaul. Spain, Ireland, 2013. Sponsored by Iroko Pharmaceuticals.
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, Director Arvin Chen. Taiwan, 2013.
The Wonders, Director Avi Nesher. Israel, 2013. US PREMIERE.

Contemporary Francophone Cinema: The original language of cinema, French remains the dominant tongue in some the world’s funniest and most daring, sexy and unique films. Stop in for this celebration of films in French from all over the world. Category Sponsored by TV 5 Monde.
Apaches, Director Thierry de Peretti. France, 2013. In partnership with the Cultural Attaché/Embassy of France
Ernest & Celestine, Director Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner. France 2012.
La Maison de la Radio, Director Nicolas Philibert. France, 2013.
Mary, Queen of Scots, Director Thomas Imbach. Switzerland, France, 2013. US PREMIERE.
Puppy Love, Director Delphine Lehericey, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, 2013. US PREMIERE.
Sarah Prefers To Run, Director Chloé Robichaud. Canada, 2013.
Stranger By the Lake, Director Alain Guiraudie. France, 2013.
Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Director Denis Côté. Canada, 2013.

Spanish Language Stories: Offering gripping stories and unique perspectives, these Spanish-language films explore a multitude of subjects ranging from the culturally specific to the universal.
The German Doctor, Director Lucía Puenzo. Argentina, France, Spain, Norway, 2013.
Gloria, Director Sebastián Lelio. Chile, Spain, 2013.
La Jaula de Oro, Director Diego Quemada-Díez. Mexico, Spain, 2013.
Tanta Agua, Directors Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge, Uruguay, 2013.

Eastern European Cinema: From the rural towns of Russia to the war-torn streets of Georgia, these films highlight all the brilliant story-telling that the eastern part of Europe has to offer.
Honeymoon, Director Jan H?ebejk, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2013.
In Bloom, Director Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß. Georgia, Germany, France, 2013.
A Long and Happy Life, Director Boris Khlebnikov. Russia, 2013.
The Major, Director Yury Bykov. Russia, 2013.
Mother, I Love You, Director Janis Nords. Latvia, 2013.

American Independents: Featuring powerful new voices in American cinema, these fresh, gritty films explore a variety of subjects through the filmmaker’s uncompromising vision. All films in this series are a part of the “PFF On Us” free ticketing program. Category Sponsored by 6ABC.
12 O’Clock Boys, Director Lotfy Nathan. USA 2013.
Awful Nice, Director Todd Sklar. USA, 2013.
Blue Highway, Director Kyle Smith, USA, 2013. SNEAK PREVIEW.
Coherence, Director James Ward Byrkit. USA, 2013.
Mother of George, Director Andrew Dosunmu. USA, 2013.

Greater Filmadelphia: Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this category brings our city and its talent to the big screen. Category Sponsored by PGW.
1982, Director Tommy Oliver. USA, 2013. US PREMIERE.
The Discoverers, Director Justin Schwarz. USA, 2013.
Let the Fire Burn, Director Jason Osder. USA, 2013.
McCanick, Director Josh C. Waller. USA, 2013. US PREMIERE. Sponsored by Hirshorn Company.
The Suspect, Director Stuart Connelly. USA, 2013.
Town Hall, Director Sierra Pettengill, Jamila Wignot. USA, 2013.

Documentary Showcase: Comprising the best in documentary filmmaking, these compelling films feature everything from stirring character studies to fascinating looks at current global issues. Category Sponsored by Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.
Caucus, Director AJ Schnack. USA, 2013.
Documented, Director Jose Antonio Vargas, Ann Lupo. USA, 2013.
God Loves Uganda, Director Roger Ross Williams. USA, 2013.
The Kill Team, Director Dan Krauss. USA, 2013.
Remote Area Medical, Director Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. USA, 2013.
The Short Game, Director Josh Greenbaum. USA, 2013.
We Cause Scenes: The Rise of Improv Everywhere, Director Matt Adams. USA, 2013.

Sight and Soundtrack: Featuring rockumentaries, musician biopics and films that are centered on the unifying power of music. Category Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania and WXPN.
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Director Felix van Groeningen. Belgium, 2012.
Elaine Strich: Shoot Me, Director Chiemi Karasawa. USA, 2013.
Grand Piano, Director Eugenio Mira. USA, 2013.
The Great Hip Hop Hoax, Director Jeanie Finlay. UK, 2013.
One Chance, Director David Frankel. UK, 2013.
We Are the Best!, Director Lukas Moodysson. Sweden, Denmark, 2013.

The Graveyard Shift: Horror, action, suspense, and the downright weird, these films will keep you awake during the graveyard shift.
Big Bad Wolves, Director Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales. Israel, 2013.
Blue Ruin, Director Jeremy Saulnier. USA, 2013.
Cheap Thrills, Director E. L. Katz. USA, 2013.
Nothing Bad Can Happen, Director Katrin Gebbe. Germany, 2013.
R100, Director Hitoshi Matsumoto. Japan, 2013.
The Sacrament, Director Ti West. USA, 2013.
Why Don’t You Play in Hell? , Director Sion Sono. Japan, 2013.

Short Films
Alaska is a Drag, Director Shaz Bennet. USA, 2013.
Cicada Princess, Director Mauricio Baiocchi. USA, 2011.
The Captain, Director Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser. Australia, USA, 2012.
The Cub, Director Riley Stearns. USA, 2012.
Eating Lunch, Director Sanna Lenken. Sweden, 2012.
ECHO, Director Merlin Flügel. Germany, 2012.
The Event, Director Julie Pott. USA, UK, 2012.
Fear of Flying, Director Conor Finnegan. Ireland, 2012.
Fort Greene, Director Jordan Thomas. USA, 2012.
The Globe Collector, Director Summer DeRoche. Australia, 2012.
In Hanford, Director Chris Mars. USA, 2012.
Lapse, Director Jahaira Torres. USA, 2013.
Marcel, King of Tervuren, Director Tom Schroeder, 2012.
Necromonica, Director Kyle Bogart, Cliff Borgart. 2013.
Oh Willy…, Director Marc James Roels, Emma de Swaef. Belgium, France, The Netherlands, 2012.
Old Man, Director Leah Shore. USA, 2012.
Papel Picado, Director Javier Barboza. USA, 2012.
Reindeer, Director Eva Weber. UK, 2011.
The Roper, Director Ewan McNicol. USA, 2012.
RPG OKC, Director Emily Carmichael. USA, 2012.
Safe, Director Byoung-Gon Moon. South Korea, 2013.
Shadow of a Cloud, Director Radu Jude. Romania, 2013.
Social Butterfly, Director Lauren Wolkstein. France, USA 2013.
Tin, Director Brandon Lake. USA, 2013.
Vladimir Putin in Deep Concentration, Director Dana O’Keefe, Sasha Kliment. USA, 2013.
When the Zombies Come, Director Jon Hurst. USA, 2012.

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