PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL: Opening, closing, and gala screenings

This year’s Philadelphia Film Festival will open with Sundance Grand Jury Prize award winner Like Crazy, a PG-13 rated love story starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night) and Felicity Jones who won a Sundance acting award for her performance.  The closing film will be Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, which you’ve surely read about by now.  And sandwiched between the two will be Jeff, Who Lives At Home, the latest outing from Jay and Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair, Cyrus) starring the very un-mumblecore-like duo of Jason Segel and Ed Helms; My Week with Marilyn stars Michelle Williams as the titular Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier; Michael Fassbender plays the lead in Shame, the second feature from Hunger director Steve McQueen; the director and star of France’s occasionally brilliant 0ss 117 films re-team for the dialogue-free favorite of Cannes, The Artist.  It’s like the best of other film festivals!

The 15 day festival will feature more than “120 of the best new films from around the world.”  Tickets go on sale this Wednesday so the full lineup should be announced any day now.

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Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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