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Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Full Lineup: Includes ‘Labor Day,’ ‘August: Osage County’ and ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Full Lineup: Includes 'Labor Day,' 'August: Osage County' and 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Now in its 22nd year, the Philadelphia Film Festival has just unveiled the full festival lineup. J.C. Chandor’s “All is Lost” will serve as this year’s opener, with Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day” set to close out the festival. The festival will also include five centerpiece screenings: “August: Osage County,””Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,””Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Unknown Known.” There will also be a plethora of sidebars, from “Contemporary Francophone Cinema” to “Greater Filmadelphia,” that are all committed to showcasing the best in film, both locally and internationally.

“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 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival is set to take place from October 17 to 27 on six screens throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. The full list of films can be found below.

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

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.

Highly-anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the
industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the

Category Sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine.  

About TimeDirector Richard Curtis. UK, 2013.

Alan PartridgeDirector Declan Lowney. UK, 2013.

The Art of the StealDirector Jonathan Sobol. Canada, 2013. US PREMIERE.

The CongressDirector Ari Folman. Israel, Germany, Poland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, 2013

Last VegasDirector Jon Turteltaub. USA, 2013. Sponsored by Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Le Week-endDirector Roger Michell. UK, 2013. Sponsored by Janney Montgomery Scott.

Man of Tai ChiDirector Keanu Reeves. USA, China, 2012.

The Motel LifeDirectors Gabriel Polsky, Alan Polsky. USA, 2012.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Hřebejk, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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