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By Mark Bell | September 26, 2014

The 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, taking place October 16-26, 2014, has announced its lineup. From the official press release:

The Philadelphia Film Society is proud to announce the full film line-up of the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, spanning from October 16 – October 26 on 6 theater screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

Opening on Thursday, October 16th with Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s much anticipated new feature starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone. The event’s Closing Night Celebration will take place on Friday, October 24th with Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée’s critical hit out of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Gabby Hoffman. The festival will continue through the weekend, wrapping up with second screenings of Jury Competition films and festival favorites on Sunday, October 26th.

The 11-day Philadelphia Film Festival will locally premiere over 100 feature length and short films, curated by our programming committee that travels to festivals around the world, all year long, to officially select each film in the program.

“I’m thrilled to announce another fantastic line-up of films for the 2014 Philadelphia Film Festival, our 23rd edition,” said Executive Director J. Andrew Greenblatt. “Beginning with our Opening Night screening of the highly acclaimed Birdman through October 26th, our diverse collection of films, everything from prestigious world cinema hits to exciting new American indies will entertain, challenge and truly highlight some of the best cinema of the year.”

“I’m really happy to watch this year’s festival come to life,” said Artistic Director, Michael Lerman. “I think we’re really on the verge of some big years for cinema and this festival will showcase the first steps in these innovative new directions.”

The full Festival schedule and digital Festival Program Guide is available now on

Screenings for the 23rd 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), Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center (300 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102), PFS Roxy Theater (2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103), and Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102). Tickets will go on-sale for Philadelphia Film Society members on Friday, September 26, and to the general public beginning Tuesday, September 30th.  Tickets may be purchased through the Festival website,, or in-person at the Main Box Office in the PFS Roxy Theater.

23rd Philadelphia Film Festival Full Line-up

Opening Night Film
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, Director Alejandro González Iñárritu.  2014, USA.

Closing Night Film
Wild, Director Jean-Marc Vallee. 2014, USA.

Centerpiece Screenings
The Good Lie, Director Philippe Falardeau. 2014, USA.
The Imitation Game, Director Morten Tyldum. 2014, USA, UK.
Laggies, Director Lynn Shelton. 2013, USA.
St. Vincent, Director Theodore Melfi. 2014, USA.

American Independents, Presented by the Lincoln Motor Company: 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.
Big Significant Things, Director Bryan Reisberg. 2014, USA.
Glass Chin, Director Noah Buschel. 2014,   USA.
Imperial Dreams, Director Malik Vitthal. 2014, USA.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Director David Zellner. 2014, USA.
Man From Reno, Director Dave Boyle. 2014, USA, Japan.
The Mirage, Director Kyle Roper. 2014, USA.
Wild Canaries, Director Lawrence, Michael Levine. 2014, USA .

Cinema Down, From the land that brought us Mad Max, Moulin Rouge! and Driving Miss Daisy comes brave new work from veteran and budding Australian voices alike.
52 Tuesdays, Director Sophie Hyde. 2013, Australia.
Charlie’s Country, Director     Rolf de Heer. 2014, Australia.
The Infinite Man, Director Hugh Sullivan. 2013, Australia    .
The Mule, Director Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony. 2014, Australia.

Documentary Showcase, Presented by 500 Walnut: Comprising the best in documentary filmmaking, these compelling films feature everything from stirring character studies to fascinating looks at current global issues.
Art and Craft , Director Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, co-directed by Mark Becker. 2014, USA.
Ballet 422, Director Jody Lee Lipes . 2014,  USA.
The Great Invisible,Director Margaret Brown. 2014, USA.
I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story, Director Chad Walker, Dave LaMattina. 2014, USA.
The Immortalists, Director David Alvarado, Jason Sussberg. 2014, USA.
Mudbloods, Director Farzad Sangari. 2014, USA .
The Overnighters, Director Jesse Moss. 2013, USA.
Point and Shoot, Director Marshall Curry. 2014, USA.
This Time Next Year,Director Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. 2014, USA.

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.
Blue Velvet, Director David Lynch . 1986,USA.
Capote, Director Bennett Miller. 2005, USA.
Mulholland Drive, DirectorDavid Lynch.2001, USA.
The Straight Story, DirectorDavid Lynch.  1999, USA.
To Have and Have Not, Director Howard Hawks. 1944,USA.
Wild at Heart, Director David Lynch. 1990, USA.

The Graveyard Shift, Horror, action, suspense, and the downright weird, these films will keep you awake during the graveyard shift.
A Hard Day, Director Seong-hun Kim. 2014, South Korea.
Housebound, Director Gerard Johnstone. 2014, New Zealand.
In Order of Disappearance, Director Hans Petter Moland. 2014, Norway.
It Follows, Director David Robert Mitchell. 2014,USA.
Revenge of the Green Dragons, Director Andrew Lau, Andrew Loo.2013, USA.
V/H/S: Viral, Director Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Gregg Bishop. 2014, USA, Spain.

Greater Filmadelphia, Presented by Philadelphia Gas Works: Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this category brings our city and its talent to the big screen.
Crescendo! The Power of Music, Director Jamie Bernstein. 2014, USA.
Happy Valley, Director Amir Bar-Lev. 2014, USA.
Listen Up Philip, Director Alex Ross Perry. 2014, USA.
Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, Director Dave Jannetta. 2014,  USA.
Teacher of the Year, Director Jason Strouse. 2014, USA.
Tomorrow We Disappear, Director Jimmy Goldblum, Adam Weber. 2014, USA.

Masters of Cinema, Presented by Comcast: These new films exemplify the masterful work of world-renowned filmmakers as they continue to thrill and inspire audiences with cutting-edge features.
Clouds of Sils Maria, Director Olivier Assayas. 2014, France, USA.
Goodbye to Language 3D, Director Jean-Luc Godard. 2014, France.
Mommy, Director Xavier Dolan. 2014, Canada.
Two Days, One Night, Director Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne. 2013, Belgium, France.
Winter Sleep, Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan. 2014, Turkey, France, Germany.

New French Films, The birthplace of cinema, France continues to produce some of the best movies in the world with films that are funny, daring, sexy and uniquely French.
Breathe, Director Mélanie Laurent. 2014, France.
Girlhood, Director Céline Sciamma. 2014, France.
Hippocrates, Director Thomas Lilti. 2014, France.
Love at First Fight, Director Thomas Cailley. 2014, France.
This Is My Land, Director Tamara Erde. 2014, France.

Sight and Soundtrack, Presented by Sweat Fitness: Featuring rockumentaries, musician biopics and films that are centered on the unifying power of music.
Beyond the Lights, Director Gina Prince-Bythewood. 2014, USA.
Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound, Director Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson, Chad Tingle. 2014, USA.
The Last Five Years, Director Richard LaGravenese. 2014, USA.
Someone You Love, Director Pernille Fischer Christensen. 2014, Denmark, Sweden.
Song One, Director Kate Barker-Froyland. 2014, USA.
Traitors, Director Sean Gullette. 2013, Morocco.
Tu Dors Nicole, Director Stéphane Lafleur. 2014, Canada.

Spanish Language Stories, Presented by Southwest Airlines: Offering gripping stories and unique perspectives, these Spanish-language films explore a multitude of subjects ranging from the culturally specific to the universal.
10,000 Km, Director Carlos Marques-Marcet. 2014, Spain, USA.
Güeros, Director Alonso Ruizpalacios. 2014, Mexico.
Los Ángeles, Director Damian John Harper. 2014, Mexico, Germany.
Manos Sucias, Director Josef Wladyka. 2014, USA, Colombia.

Spotlights, Presented by Philadelphia Magazine: Highly-anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the world.
Big Hero 6, Director Don Hall, Chris Williams. 2014, USA.
Creep, Director Patrick Brice. 2014, USA.
Escobar: Paradise Lost, Director Andrea Di Stefano. 2014, France, Spain, Belgium.
Faults, Director Riley Stearns. 2014, USA.
Gabriel, Director Lou Howe. 2014, USA.
Life Partners, Director Susanna Fogel. 2014, USA.
Love, Rosie, Director Christian Ditter. 2014, UK, Germany.

World Narratives, Presented by 6ABC: Explore the world through film with this diverse selection of international cinema that features distinct perspectives and images from around the globe.
Beloved Sisters, Director Dominik Graf. 2014, Germany, Austria.
Cracks in Concrete, Director Umut Da?. 2014, Austria.
The Duke of Burgundy, Director Peter Strickland. 2014, UK.
Force Majeure, Director Ruben Östlund. 2014, Sweden.
Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Director Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi, Elkabetz. 2014, Israel, France, Germany.
Human Capital, Director Paolo Virzì. 2014, Italy.
Run, Director  Philippe Lacôte. 2014, Ivory Coast, France.
Stations of the Cross, Director Dietrich Brüggemann. 2014, Germany, France.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Director Isao Takahata. 2014, Japan.
Titli, Director Kanu Behl. 2014, India.
The Tribe, Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. 2014, Ukraine.
Villa Touma, Director Suha Arraf. 2014, Palestine.
The Way He Looks, Director Daniel Ribeiro. 2014, Brazil.
When Animals Dream, Director Jonas Alexander Arnby. 2014, Denmark.
Xenia,  Director Panos H. Koutras. 2014, Greece, France, Belgium.

Short Films
12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic, Director Max Joseph. 2013, USA.
130919 * A Portrait of Marina Abramovi?, Director Matthu Placek. 2013, USA.
8 Bullets, Director Frank Ternier. 2014, France.
After School, Director Guillaume Renusson. 2014, France.
Astigmatismo, Director Nicolai Troshinsky. 2014, Spain.
The Chaperone, Director Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone. 2013, Canada.
Chevette 83, Director Luis Oliva, 2013, Canada
The Cut, Director Geneviève Dulude-De Celles. 2013, Canada.
High Ground, Director Geoff Bailey. 2013, USA.
Inside the Mind of Colin Furze, Director David Beazley. 2014, UK.
Marilyn Myller, Director Mikey Please. 2013, USA, UK.
Me + Her, Director Joseph Oxford. 2014, USA.
The Obvious Child, Director Stephen Irwin. 2013, UK.
Port Nasty, Director    Rob Zywietz. 2014, UK.
Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns, Director Joe Callander. 2013, USA.
A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log, Director Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar. 2014, France, Belgium.
The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4, Director Steve Baker. 2013, Australia.
Watch Out, Director Joshua Stewart. 2014, USA
The Way, Director Max Ksjonda. 2012, Ukraine.
Yearbook, DirectorBernardo Britto. 2013, USA.

Thanks to generous support provided by the Wyncote Foundation, the Festival continues the “PFF On Us” free ticketing program, providing complimentary tickets to all films in the American Independents and Documentary Showcase film categories. Tickets are available to the public, as well as in partnership with select organizations. “PFF On Us” also hosts weekday morning student screenings, presented in part by Peco and features the films Art and Craft, Girlhood (Bande de filles), I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story, and Mudbloods.

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  1. margo villanova says:

    How can I find out when and where a particular film is being shown? This info would be very helpful to me.

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