The 2005 Philadelphia Film Festival is getting ready to run its 14th annual event for two weeks, from April 7-20, screening 110 feature films, 24 full-length documentaries and 125 short films from 42 countries.
A total of 301 screenings will be held in five different venues across Philadelphia: the Ritz East and Ritz at the Bourse in Old City, the Prince Music Theater (including both the Main Auditorium and the Black Box) in Center City, and International House and the Bridge: cinema de lux in University City.
Among the world-famous filmmakers whose new works will be shown are:
Gregg Araki, who will introduce his MYSTERIOUS SKIN, a Centerpiece Screening about two young men (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet) coping with abuse in very different ways.
Álex de la Iglesia, a 2002 Festival honoree, who will open this year’s festival on April 8 with FERPECT CRIME, a savagely funny look at the bloodthirsty – and blood-soaked – office politics within the women’s section of a Madrid department store.
Todd Solondz, who will introduce his PALINDROMES, the story of a 12-year-old girl – portrayed by eight different actors.
The festival will also screen COOL!, the final film of the controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, whose shocking murder made international headlines in November 2004.
For more info, visit the festival website.