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2 AKA proudly sponsors the 25th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Film Festival, October 20–30, 2016, with opening night at AKA Washington Square. THE WORLD’S MOST TRUSTED FURNISHED RESIDENCES filmadelphia.orG


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25 YEARS OF FILM FESTIVAL FACTS l 3,542 films and counting! l First feature film debuts from directors Andrea Arnold, Guillermo del Toro, John Carney, Lisa Cholodenko, Matthew Vaughn and Morgan Spurlock, among others l Foreign premieres of nowclassics like 101 Reykjavik, Dekalog (back for PFF25!), Europa, Hard Boiled, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance l Lineups including five Academy Award Winners for Best Picture in the last decade l Visits from distinguished guests Alexander Payne, Felicity Jones, John Leguizamo, Kerry Washington, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, Paul Rudd, Robert Zemekis, Roy Disney, Susan Sarandon, Todd Haynes, William H. Macy, and many more l Hosted a wide range of expert jurors spanning all areas of the film industry, from Variety lead critics to key buyers from world-class distributors like The Weinstein Company l Engagement with 50+ local schools, community groups, arts and culture organizations, social service providers, and other members of communities all across Philadelphia with outreach that expands each year DIRECTORS’ NOTE 3 3 25 Festivals. That’s a lot of history. Much of it pre-dates us. Our silver anniversary coincides with our 8th year putting the festival together, and while that is only a third of our Festivals, it has been an incredible period for the Philadelphia Film Society and the Philadelphia Film Festival. From our beginnings as the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema at the International J. ANDREW GREENBLATT MICHAEL LERMAN House to the years of growth as the Philadelphia International Film Festival under TLA, onward to today’s Philadelphia EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Film Festival produced by the Philadelphia Film Society, the Festival began and continues as an annual citywide celebration of the best film from around the world. Bringing to Philadelphia films ranging from the most highly anticipated of the year to experimental and original American independents, powerful documentaries to controversial and avant-garde international cinema, the Festival has always been an important and exciting part of Philadelphia’s arts and culture scene. Now, we arrive at our milestone 25th Festival. We’re so proud of our expanded programming team, who has quite frankly delivered our strongest program ever, complete with some of the year’s Oscar contenders — kicking off with our Opening Night stunner La La Land — alongside foreign and domestic selections that are bold, unique, and challenging. In this incredibly important election year, we are also very proud to offer a program designed to highlight, educate and inform on some of the critical issues facing our country. Our Festival Lounge is open to all Festival ticket holders for the first time since its inception, and we hope that you will join us there between screenings. This year, we look forward to our expanded free ticket program, now entitled PFS on Us presented by PNC Arts Alive, which, along with support from the Wyncote Foundation and Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, allows us to offer free tickets to all films in the American Independents and Documentary Showcase categories as well as this year’s State of the Union special program. After the Festival, the program will continue at our venues, providing additional free tickets to Signature Series screenings throughout the year. We are thrilled to bring back our Festival Field Trip program, which we’re all incredibly proud to offer, and to expand student engagement year-round with the launch of the Alfred M. Greenfield Student Screening Showcase, starting in 2017. Before closing, we most certainly need to express our deep gratitude for all of our amazing supporters throughout the years, from founding to existing Board of Directors to all Philadelphia Film Society Members, past and present. We extend thanks to our outstanding and dedicated PFS employees and awesome Festival staff and interns — especially to our volunteers, who have donated countless hours to make this possible. And, of course, thank you to all of the individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors whose support has been crucial to making the Festival a reality from 1992 to today, including this year’s Presenting and Official Sponsors: AKA, 6ABC, Xfinity, CBS Radio, Dietz & Watson, and Philadelphia Style Magazine. Thank you. Sincerely. As always, we encourage you to see as many films as you can, take risks, explore, binge on the Festival experience. We look forward to seeing you at the movies!


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CONTENTS PWFTIOHELILMTLCHAOFEDEMES2ELT5PTIVHHAI AL IMPORTANT INFO Directors’ Note 3 Programmer Bios 7 Our Sponsors 9 Attending the Festival 10 Ticket Information 11 Opening Night Events 13 Closing Night Festivities 13 Festival Lounge 15 Special Program: State of the Union 17 Film Awards 18 Community & Education Programs 21 Screening Schedule 22 PFS Staff Members and Associates 99 Thank Yous 100 2015 PFF Volunteers 104 Film Index 106 5 THE PROGRAM Opening Night Film 27 Closing Night Film 29 Centerpieces 31 Masters of Cinema 38 World Narratives 48 American Independents 62 Documentary Showcase 66 Feast 70 The Graveyard Shift 72 Greater Filmadelphia 76 New French Films 80 Sight and Soundtrack 84 Spotlights 88 State of the Union 90 From the Vaults 94 Animated Shorts Program 97 @phillyfilmsoc /phillyfilmsociety #philafilmsociety PFF25


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PROGRAMMER BIOS 7 7 MICHAEL LERMAN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Philadelphia native Michael Lerman is a veteran programmer of film festivals, currently also curating The Toronto International Film Festival and The Palm Springs International Film Festival. He co-runs a production company called Tiger Industry Films for which he produces, directs, writes, and edits. Previously, he was the Director of Acquisitions for The Film Sales Company and a film journalist. LANDON ZAKHEIM SENIOR PROGRAMMER Landon is a short film programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, Head Shorts Programmer for LA Film Festival, and CEO and co-founder of the interactive gaming company Bottleneck Immersive. He was formerly Lead Programmer for AFI FEST and served as Director of Programming for an experiential horror festival in Colorado. His short films have played at festivals all over the world. CHARLOTTE COOK ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER Charlotte Cook co-created Field of Vision, a visual journalism film unit that creates original episodic and individual short-form nonfiction films. She was the Director of Programming at Hot Docs and Head of Film Programming and Training at The Frontline Club. She has also worked with BBC Storyville, the Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation’s Puma Creative Catalyst Fund and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. J. ANDREW GREENBLATT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Born and raised in Philadelphia, J. Andrew Greenblatt has been Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Film Society since 2008. Prior to PFS, Greenblatt began his career in the entertainment industry with Film 101 Productions. He has produced films including Explicit Ills, Café, Twelve, and Everything Must Go. TOM QUINN PROGRAMMER Tom Quinn was previously the co-president of Radius, The Weinstein Company’s cross- platform film releasing label. Before that he was at Magnolia for eight years, where he was SVP, and Samuel Goldwyn for seven years, eventually becoming VP of Acquisitions. Quinn’s first industry job was working in domestic film publicity for Nancy Willen at Dennis Davidson Associates. DOUG JONES ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER Doug Jones has curated films for Minneapolis’ Oak Street Cinema, the Mill Valley Film Festival in Northern California, the San Francisco Film Society and the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Festival, where he served as Associate Director of Programming. He is currently Executive Director of Images Cinema in Western Massachusetts. ALLISON KOEHLER PROGRAMMING MANAGER In her four years with PFS, Allison most recently served as Programming Director, developing a creative vision for year-round programming across PFS venues as well as integrated community initiatives. Prior to PFF, Allison spent six years as Education Director & youthFEST Programmer at the Sarasota Film Festival and worked in event management and marketing strategy as a Senior Account Executive with Auster Agency. RYAN WERNER PROGRAMMER Ryan Werner, recipient of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Gen Award,” is a Senior Executive for Cinetic Media specializing in publicity and marketing. Previously, he was the SVP of Marketing at IFC Entertainment, where he oversaw marketing and publicity for theatrical and home video releases. Werner has worked at Wellspring, Palm Pictures, Magnolia Pictures, Shooting Gallery, Sundance Channel, IFP, and the Woodstock Film Festival. TREY SHIELDS PROGRAMMER Trey Shields has worn many hats in his four years with PFS, including Membership Coordinator and Festival Venue Manager. Most recently, Trey served as Programs Coordinator, collaborating on year-round curated programming at the PFS Roxy Theater and other special initiatives. As a Programmer, Trey oversees the Festival submission and screening processes and runs PFS’ monthly local Philly Film Showcase. ADDITIONAL SCREENERS & PROGRAM GUIDE WRITERS TRAVIS TREW PROGRAMMING ASSISTANT, SCREENER, WRITER SCOTT HUDSON SCREENER, WRITER ZFAARMIAHNAH SCREENER, WRITER


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1010 ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL TIPS ORDER TICKETS EARLY: Screenings can sell out quickly — especially Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece films — so get tickets in advance. Tickets are available to everyone on Wednesday, October 5. DON’T BE LATE: All shows begin ON TIME and are not preceded by previews. No one is guaranteed a seat after a screening begins, not even ticket or badge holders. Lines will form 30 minutes before the scheduled screening, so come early. STAY UPDATED: Stay up-to-date on sell-outs, scheduling changes, special guest appearances, event information and more! Follow us on Twitter (@phillyfilmsoc), like us on Facebook (philafilmsociety), or sign up for our newsletter at FOLLOW THEATER ETIQUETTE: To ensure that everyone can find a seat quickly and that the film starts on time, seats cannot be held. Once the film has started, silence your cell phone and refrain from using it in the theater — a lit screen distracts everyone around you! SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS: We want to hear from you! Fill out the Audience Award ballot for each screening to let us know what films stood out this year. And remember to thank your volunteers — we couldn’t do this without them! FREE TICKETS: Admission to many Festival film screenings is free thanks to PFS ON US presented by PNC ARTS ALIVE, with support from the Wyncote Foundation (American Independents and Documentary Showcase films) and Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation (State of the Union films). Seating is first-come, first-served. The best way to ensure your seat is to reserve your ticket ahead of time (or bring your badge) and arrive early! FESTIVAL LOUNGE: Stop by the Festival Lounge! The Lounge is open daily to ALL ticket and Badge Holders starting Friday, 10/21, through Sunday, 10/30, 12:00 PM-10:00 PM. See pg. 15 for details. BE PREPARED, RELAX, AND ENJOY! Lines will form outside, so remember to check the weather and dress appropriately. If there is a long line for a screening, don’t worry; if you have a ticket and arrive early, you will get in. VENUES MARKET STREET CHESTNUT STREET ScUreReBnNinAgnRnoeoxm 3401 Filbert St., Drexel University WALNUT STREET BADGES THE IDEAL FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE! As a Badge Holder, you get into screenings just by showing up, receive priority admission, and get access to the Festival Lounge. Whether you’re visiting the Festival for a weekend or want to arrive in VIP style every time, we’ve got a badge for you! STUDENT FILM BADGE: $75 (Student ID required to purchase) Philly students can catch PFF25 screenings with the easy and affordable Student Film Badge! Includes free admission and access to the Badge Holder Line for all non-primetime film screenings, plus Rush Line access, with free admission, to any primetime screening. Primetime screenings include all weekend screenings and weekday screenings 5:00 PM-9:00 PM. Excludes Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece films. Non-transferable. WEEKEND BADGE A/B: $175 General Public (25% off for PFS Members) Your four-day pass to the Festival, with access to screenings and perks at the Festival Lounge from (A) October 20-23 including Opening Night Film & After Party, or (B) October 27-30 including Closing Night Film & Party. Nontransferable. SILVER BADGE: $500 General Public (25% off for PFS Members) Experience the full festival with access to all screenings, Opening Night After Party & Closing Night Party, and perks at the Festival Lounge. Non-transferable. GOLD BADGE: $750 General Public (25% off for PFS Members) Share the Festival with a transferable badge you can lend to friends and family! Grants one (1) admission to all screenings, Opening Night After Party & Closing Night Party, and perks at the Festival Lounge. PLATINUM BADGE: $2,500 Have it all with the transferable Platinum Badge! Includes access to all screenings, special events, and perks at the Festival Lounge. Plus, Reserved Priority Seating at ALL screenings, and an exclusive invitation to Shyamaween, hosted by M. Night Shyamalan. Can be shared by multiple individuals; admits one (1) per screening or event. NOTES ABOUT BADGES: Priority Admission is guaranteed only if Badge Holder arrives 15 minutes prior to the scheduled showtime. Badge Holders arriving less than 15 minutes before showtime may be required to wait for admittance until after ticket holders have been seated. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS, RETURNS, OR EXCHANGES. Festival Badges will be available for pickup at the Prince Theater starting Monday, October 10. Ritz-Carlton 10 Avenue of the Arts TPhreinatceer 1412 Chestnut St. SPRUCE STREET LOMBARD STREET Schuylkill River 21ST STREET 20TH STREET 15TH STREET BROAD STREET


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TICKET INFORMATION 11 11 TICKETS ON SALE PFS MEMBER PRESALE: Friday, September 30, 10:00 AM-Tuesday, October 4, 11:59 PM PUBLIC ON SALE: Wednesday, October 5, 10:00 AM HOW TO BUY Tickets and badges can be purchased in advance online, by phone or at the Prince Theater Box Office. During the Festival, tickets to any screening can be purchased online, by phone, at the Festival Lounge or at any Festival theatrical venue up to 30 minutes before showtime, subject to availability. Thirty minutes prior to showtime, tickets can only be purchased at the specific screening venue. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS, RETURNS, OR EXCHANGES. PURCHASE ONLINE: Purchase tickets anytime at festival. There is a $1 per ticket convenience fee on all tickets purchased online. Online sales end 30 minutes prior to scheduled showtime. ORDER BY PHONE: Tickets can be ordered via our Festival Call Center by calling 215-422-4570 Monday-Saturday, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM prior to the festival. During the Festival, tickets can be purchased through the Festival Call Center up to 30 minutes before scheduled showtime, subject to availability. There is a $1 per ticket convenience fee on all tickets purchased by phone. BUY IN PERSON: September 30-October 20: Buy Festival Badges, PFS Memberships, and tickets without convenience fees at the Prince Theater Box Office, Monday-Saturday, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM. October 21-30: Venue Box Offices open 30 minutes before the first scheduled screening of the day and close 15 minutes after the last scheduled screening begins. Tickets can also be purchased at the Festival Lounge 12:00 PM-10:00 PM. RUSH TICKETS: A limited number of Rush tickets may be released prior to showtime for purchase in person at the screening’s Venue Box Office. Remaining seats for a screening are for sale on a first-come, first-served basis to people who line up in the Rush Line to gain access. Rush tickets are cash only. Students with valid ID may buy Rush tickets at a discount of $7 except when noted. Rush lines form 30 minutes before showtime. PRICING INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES Regular screenings Weekday matinees (before 5:00 PM) $13 | PFS Members $10 $8 | PFS Members $5 OPENING NIGHT: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 TICKETS: General Admission $250 | VIP $500 Opening Night Tickets include ... CELEBRATION: AKA Washington Square, 834 Chestnut St., 5:30 PM FILM: La La Land, Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 8:00 PM AFTER PARTY: Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.  Festival Badges include access to the Opening Night Film & After Party. Tickets that include the Opening Night Celebration must be purchased separately. Proceeds from Opening Night Celebration tickets support PFS’ year-round education and community initiatives. See pg. 13 for details.  CLOSING NIGHT: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 TICKETS: General Admission $50 | PFS Members $40 Closing Night Tickets include ... AWARD CEREMONY & FILM: Arrival, Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., 8:00 PM PARTY: Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts. See pg. 13. MORE INFORMATION PFS ON US PRESENTED BY PNC ARTS ALIVE: Thanks to PNC ARTS ALIVE along with support from the Wyncote Foundation, our free ticket program offers tickets to all films in the American Independents and Documentary Showcase categories as well as this year’s State of the Union program, with support from the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation. See pg. 17 and pg. 21 for details. Reserve online, on the phone, or at a Festival Venue Box Office. FILM VOUCHERS: Film vouchers can only be used for regularly priced screenings ($13 value or less) and must be exchanged for a ticket prior to getting in line for the film. Vouchers can be redeemed at any Festival Venue Box Office, based on availability. GROUP SALES: Group sale rate is available for groups of 20+. Please call 215-422-4570 or email for group inquiries. MARKET STREET CHESTNUT STREET WALNUT STREET SPRUCE STREET AKA 834 Chestnut St. FLeosutnivgael 126 Chestnut St. Downstairs Ritz East 125 S. 2nd St. (at Sansom) Ritz Five 214 Walnut St. LOMBARD STREET 9TH STREET 5TH STREET 4TH STREET 3RD STREET 2ND STREET I-95 Delaware Expressway Delaware River


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THURSDAY, OCT. 20 OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION Thursday, October 20, 5:30-7:30 PM AKA Washington Square, 834 Chestnut Street OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION 13 13 Start your 2016 Philadelphia Film Festival off in style and join us for a special PFF25 Celebration at AKA Washington Square before the Opening Night film. In the festive spirit, we are proud to present Academy-Award-nominated writer and director M. Night Shyamalan, left, with our first ever Lumière Award, to honor his significant contributions to contemporary cinema. Following the reception, transportation with be provided to the historic Prince Theater for the screening of our Opening Night film. Proceeds from the Opening Night Celebration benefit the Film Society’s year-round community and education initiatives.  Opening Night Celebration Sponsored by AKA OPENING NIGHT FILM AND AFTER PARTY OPENING NIGHT FILM Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone give career-defining performances in LA LA LAND, the smart, nostalgic, and highly anticipated new film from writer and director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). LA LA LAND DIR: DAMIEN CHAZELLE Thursday, October 20, 8:00 PM See pg. 27 for full film details. OPENING NIGHT AFTER PARTY   What’s a party without an After Party? Following the Opening Night Film, stay for drinks, light fare, and a jazz soiree in our own city of stars. SEE PG. 11 FOR ALL OPENING NIGHT TICKET INFORMATION CLOSING NIGHT FESTIVITIES FRIDAY, OCT. 28 AWARD CEREMONY & CLOSING NIGHT FILM Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street, 8:00 PM Join us as we conclude another year of outstanding film and announce the 2016 Grand Jury and Audience award winners. The Awards Ceremony is immediately followed by PFF25 Closing Night Film Arrival, the bold, innovative, and deeply moving new drama from award-winning director Denis Villeneuve. ARRIVAL DIR: DENIS VILLENEUVE Friday, October 28, 8:00 PM See pg. 29 for full film details. CLOSING NIGHT PARTY Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts   After the film, toast this year’s Festival and celebrate our winners by raising a glass at our Closing Night Party at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. SEE PG. 11 FOR ALL CLOSING NIGHT TICKET INFORMATION


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FESTIVAL LOUNGE OCTOBER 21-30: 12:00 PM-10:00 PM* 126 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 OPEN TO ALL PFF25 TICKET HOLDERS AGE 21+ ONLY The Festival isn’t just about watching movies, it’s about sharing experiences. The Festival Lounge is a tradition that welcomes all PFF25 ticket holders to pop in, grab a bite and discuss the day’s screenings. Located right around the corner from the Ritz East & Ritz Five theaters, the Festival Lounge is a space exclusive to PFF25 ticket holders, Badge Holders, and Festival guests who are invited to stop by for a little “R&R” between screenings and enjoy special events — and possibly an encounter with a visiting PFF filmmaker! The Lounge offers light bites and special perks for badge holders. For the latest on special events at the Lounge, visit *The Lounge will close at 4:00 PM on Friday, October 28, for Closing Night Festivities. AVIS DE MISTRAL FESTIVAL LOUNGE 15 15 The Philadelphia Film Festival Lounge is sponsored by Dietz & Watson. LA FIDÉLITÉ © Cipango, Canal+, TPS Star © Légende Films, Gaumont, France 2 Cinéma © Gemini Films, France 3 Cinéma,Canal+ LA BRUIT DES GENS AUTOUR Restrictions apply. Not available in allareas. Requires subscriptiontoXFINITY®TVservice and TV5MONDE. Limited basic service subscriptionto receive otherlevels ofservice. Equipment, installation,taxes andfees, including BroadcastTVFee (upto $5.00/mo.) and otherapplicable charges extra, and subjectto change. On Demand selections subjectto charge indicated at time ofpurchase. Callforrestrictions and complete details. © 2016 Comcast.Allrights reserved.Alltrademarks are propertyoftheirrespective owners.



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