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What we’re seeing and what you should see at the <br>2011 PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL

In case you haven’t walked south down Broad Street recently, the 2011 Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of Like Crazy (we’ll post photos of the “red carpet premiere” as well as interviews with the film’s stars in the near future).  The number of film choices at hand may be overwhelming to some, so I came up with half a dozen films that you should try to make time to see.  I chose to highlight films that you may not have a chance to see in the near future rather than titles that are currently/soon-to-be on VOD and in theaters.  Also below is a list of the films that I plan on attending.

Hospitalite is a dark comedy from Japan that has played a ton of film festivals worldwide.  The director only has one film under his belt and the cast are relative unknowns, but I’ve heard very good things.

Kevin documents director Jay Duplass’ search for his musical idol who mysteriously disappeared more than 15 years ago.

Le Havre may be coming to one of the Landmark Theaters in late November or December, but you never know in Philly so it’s probably best that you attend the latest film from Finland’s brilliant Aki Kaurismaki while you can.

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is a two and a half hour journey through the Turkish mountainside guided by a killer who attempts to lead the police to his latest victim.  Looks gorgeous.

The Turin Horse is the latest and supposedly final film from Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr.  It runs 146 minutes, which is either good or bad news depending on your cinematic tastes.

Underwater Love is a musical Japanese fantasy pink film that promises to be crazy since it takes so many words to describe it.  Cinematography by the [usually] great Christopher Doyle.

And here are the screenings that I plan to attend, who knows how many I’ll actually make between the 24 Hour Horror-Thon, the Terror Film Festival, and other assorted odds and endsThe Artist, Attenberg, Being Elmo, Corman’s World, Europa, Haunters, Hospitalite, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Kill List, Life Without Principle, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Michael, Naked Lunch, Perfect Sense, Piano in a Factory, TyrannosaurUnderwater Love, The Yellow Sea, and You Instead.

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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.

(2) Readers Comments

  1. The Turin Horse is definitively (rather than supposedly) Béla Tarr’s final film, as he responded when he was repeatedly asked this at NYFF. It’s a great summation and distillation of his work to date and he has said he doesn’t want to repeat himself, that he has said all that he wants to say with his films.

  2. For the record, LE HAVRE opens up at Ritz at the Bourse on Nov. 25th ( And MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE actually opens up at the same theater as its festival screening four days earlier, during the remaining days of the festival, on Oct. 28th.

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