PFF SpringFest 2018 Program Guide


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April 27-29, 2018

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April 27 - 29, 2018 @phillyfilmsoc @phillyfilmsociety


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SAVE THE DATE! 27th October 18 - 28, 2018


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TICKETING INFO TICKET PRICES All Access Badge Individual Tickets Opening Night Film & Party Opening Night Film Only Closing Night Film Only $150 $13 $50 $20 $20 PFS MEMBERS $125 $9 $40 $15 $15 ALL ACCESS BADGE Grab a seat to every SpringFest screening, no ticket necessary! With a SpringFest All Access Badge, you will receive priority admission to SpringFest screenings via the Badge Holder line and reserved seats in the theater*, plus access to the SpringFest Opening Night Party. Badges are on sale now in person, by phone, and online at *Badge grants holder priority admission until 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Badge holder admission is first-come, first-served. Reserved seats will be held until scheduled start time; any badge holders admitted after the scheduled start time will be responsible for finding seats independently. THREE WAYS TO PURCHASE! Individual Tickets and All Access Badges can be purchased online, by phone, or in person: ONLINE at SpringFest BY PHONE Prince Box Office 215.422.4580 Mon - Fri, 12 PM - 5 PM IN PERSON Prince Theater Box Office Mon - Fri, 12 PM - 5 PM or PFS Roxy Theater Hours Vary Daily All online and phone orders are subject to a convenience fee of $1.25 per ticket and $8 per badge. Online sales of individual tickets will end 30 minutes before a film’s scheduled showtime. All sales are final. No refunds, returns, or exchanges. RUSH TICKETS: For sold out screenings, a limited number of Rush tickets may be released prior to showtime for purchase in person at the screening’s Venue Box Office. Rush tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Rush lines form 30 minutes before showtime. SPRINGFEST VENUES PRINCE THEATER 1412 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 PFS ROXY THEATER 2023 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19103 All films at the PFS Roxy will screen in the Louis Bluver Theater.


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SCHEDULE AFP2RR7II.L PRINCE THEATER 6:00 PM LEAVE NO TRACE 108 min 8:30 PM BLINDSPOTTING 95 min PFS ROXY THEATER 6:15 PM ON THE SEVENTH DAY 92 min 8:30 PM AVA 105 min ASP2AR8TI.L 12:00 PM ON CHESIL BEACH 110 min 2:20 PM RBG 97 min 4:30 PM EIGHTH GRADE 93 min 6:35 PM THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS 100 min 8:45 PM AMERICAN ANIMALS 116 min 12:00 PM CLOSE-KNIT 127 min 2:40 PM TMHRE. FDISEHEP: CEANRDTOONING FROM 70 min 4:20 PM ON BORROWED TIME 97 min 6:25 PM WOODPECKERS 107 min 8:45 PM KILLING JESUS 99 min SUN. APRIL 29 2:00 PM DISOBEDIENCE 114 min 4:20 WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? 94 min 6:25 PM BELIEVER 101 min 8:30 PM TULLY 94 min 12:00 PM LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE 91 min 2:00 PM THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ 94 min 4:05 PM THE CHARMER 100 min 6:15 PM NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE 104 min 8:30 PM JUPITER’S MOON 128 min All films at the PFS Roxy will screen in the Louis Bluver Theater.


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More movies. More special guests. Front of the line. Behind the scenes. Join Now at the Prince and PFS Roxy Theater Box Offices or by visiting


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OPENING NIGHT BLINDSPOTTING Friday, April 27 8:30 PM | Prince Theater DIR: Carlos López Estrada COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 95 MIN CAST: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones One of the breakout hits of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Blindspotting is the brainchild of real-life friends Rafael Casal and Tony-winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), who drew upon their own experiences of coming of age in the Bay Area to write this intense, hip-hop influenced drama about lifelong buddies whose friendship is tested when a violent incident dredges up longsimmering conflicts of race and class in rapidlygentrifying Oakland. Writers and stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal scheduled to attend and take part in a Q&A following the screening. OPENING NIGHT PARTY 10:00 PM | Prince Theater Black Box Following the Opening Night screening of Blindspotting, you’re invited to join PFS to celebrate the first-ever PFF SpringFest. Toast to a weekend of new and acclaimed indies fresh off the festival circuit. The Opening Night Party will feature light bites and complimentary drinks. Opening Night Party is open Film & Party Ticket Holders and SpringFest All Access Badge Holders.


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CLOSING NIGHT TULLY DIR: Jason Reitman COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 94 MIN CAST: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston Sunday, April 29 8:30 PM | Prince Theater In this hilarious and insightful look at motherhood, Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron stars as Marlo, an exhausted mom of three who finds her hectic routine upended by the presence of a strange and enigmatic young night nurse named Tully. Director Jason Reitman scheduled to attend and take part in a Q&A following the screening.


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AMERICAN ANIMALS DIR: Bart Layton COUNTRY: USA, UK LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 116 MIN CAST: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson Saturday, April 28 8:45 PM | Prince Theater In this nail-biting drama, director Bart Layton tells the strange-but-true story of four inexperienced young criminals who attempted to pull off one of the most brazen art heists of the 21st Century. AVA DIR: Léa Mysius COUNTRY: France LANG: French YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 105 MIN CAST: Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano, Tamara Cano Friday, April 27 8:30 PM | PFS Roxy Theater This striking coming-of-age drama follows a 13-year-old girl who’s slowly going blind. Determined to make the most of a sleepy summer vacation, she pursues a troublemaking runaway and joins him on a series of rebellious adventures. BELIEVER DIR: Don Argott COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 101 MIN Director Don Argott scheduled to attend and take part in a Q&A following the screening. Sunday, April 29 6:25 PM | Prince Theater In this moving documentary, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds works against the clock to put together an ambitious concert in Utah aimed at bridging the gap between the Mormon church and the LGBTQ community.


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THE CHARMER ORIGINAL TITLE: Charmøren DIR: Milad Alami COUNTRY: Denmark LANG: Danish, English, Farsi YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 100 MIN CAST: Ardalan Esmaili, Soho Rezanejad, Lars Brygmann, Susan Taslimi Sunday, April 29 4:05 PM | PFS Roxy Theater A disquieting look at the immigrant experience, this stylish mix of psychological thriller and erotic drama tells the story of a young Iranian immigrant trying desperately to secure Danish citizenship by seducing a string of women. CLOSE-KNIT ORIGINAL TITLE: Karera ga Honki de Amu toki wa DIR: Naoko Ogigami COUNTRY: Japan LANG: Japanese YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 127 MIN CAST: Tôma Ikuta, Kenta Kiritani, Rin Kakihara, Mimura Saturday, April 28 12:00 PM | PFS Roxy Theater Left alone by her negligent mother, a little girl forms an unconventional but loving family unit with her uncle and his transgender girlfriend in this warm-hearted, sensitive drama from Japan. DISOBEDIENCE DIR: Sebastián Lelio COUNTRY: UK LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 114 MIN CAST: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser Sunday, April 29 2:00 PM | Prince Theater Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams star as women cautiously rekindling a passionate romance despite the rigid views of their Orthodox Jewish community in this sensitive drama from A Fantastic Woman helmer Sebastián Lelio.


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EIGHTH GRADE DIR: Bo Burnham COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 93 MIN CAST: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Missy Yager Saturday, April 28 4:30 PM | Prince Theater In comedian Bo Burnham’s sweet, funny, and painfully honest directorial debut, a shy 13-year-old girl tries to overcome her insecurities as she makes her way through her last week of eighth grade. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ DIR: Kate Novack COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 94 MIN Sunday, April 29 2:00 PM | PFS Roxy Theater A complex portrait of former Vogue editor and style icon André Leon Talley, who rose from humble origins in the American South to become one of the most influential figures in the glitzy, glamorous fashion scenes of Paris and New York. JUPITER’S MOON ORIGINAL TITLE: Jupiter holdja DIR: Kornél Mundruczó COUNTRY: Hungary LANG: Hungarian, English YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 128 MIN CAST: Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger, György Cserhalmi, Móni Balsai Sunday, April 29 8:30 PM | PFS Roxy Theater After being near-fatally shot while attempting to cross into Hungary, a Syrian refugee is graced with mysterious powers of levitation in this topical, supernatural thriller from White God director Kornél Mundruczó.


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KILLING JESUS ORIGINAL TITLE: Matar a Jesús DIR: Laura Mora COUNTRY: Colombia, Argentina LANG: Spanish YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 99 MIN CAST: Natasha Jaramillo, Giovanny Rodríguez, Camilo Escobar, Carmenza Cossio Saturday, April 28 8:45 PM | PFS Roxy Theater This gritty revenge thriller follows a young woman who must decide how to act when a chance encounter brings her face to face with the young man who may have killed her father. LEAVE NO TRACE DIR: Debra Granik COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 108 MIN CAST: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey Friday, April 27 6:00 PM | Prince Theater Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik delivers another powerful portrait of characters in the margins of society in this heartbreaking story of a teenage girl living off the grid with her loving but deeply troubled father. LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE ORIGINAL TITLE: Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo DIR: Gustavo Salmerón COUNTRY: Spain LANG: Spanish YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 91 MIN Sunday, April 29 12:00 PM | PFS Roxy Theater Filmmaker Gustavo Salmerón captures the antics of his own sprawling family in this charming doc centered on matriarch Julita, whose attempt to sort through a lifetime’s worth of knick-knacks brings up colorful memories, hilarious anecdotes, and surprising revelations.


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MR. FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END DIR: Pablo Bryant COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 70 MIN Saturday, April 28 2:40 PM | PFS Roxy Theater This insightful documentary explores the career of political cartoonist Mr. Fish, an artist known for challenging propriety with his hilariously subversive brand of humor and penchant for gleefully shocking images. NO DATE, NO SIGNATURE ORIGINAL TITLE: Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza DIR: Vahid Jalilvand COUNTRY: Iran LANG: Farsi YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 104 MIN CAST: Navid Mohammadzadeh, Amir Agha’ee, Hediyeh Tehrani, Zakiyeh Behbahani Sunday, April 29 6:15 PM | PFS Roxy Theater When a seemingly minor car accident leads to unexpected tragedy, two men from different levels of Iranian society find their paths inextricably linked by grief, guilt, and recrimination. ON BORROWED TIME ORIGINAL TITLE: Shabab Sheyab DIR: Yasir Al Yasiri COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates LANG: Arabic YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 97 MIN CAST: Salloum Haddad, Saad Al Faraj, Fouad Ali, Mansour Al Feeli Saturday, April 28 4:20 PM | PFS Roxy Theater Four bored nursing home residents go for a rollicking adventure when one of them receives an unexpected inheritance in this hilarious, touching exploration of friendship and getting older.


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ON CHESIL BEACH DIR: Dominic Cooke COUNTRY: UK LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 110 MIN CAST: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff Saturday, April 28 12:00 PM | Prince Theater Adapted from Ian McEwan’s best-selling novel, this period romance stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as a pair of love-struck newlyweds who fumblingly attempt to consummate their marriage in the socially repressed England of 1962. ON THE SEVENTH DAY ORIGINAL TITLE: En el séptimo día DIR: Jim McKay COUNTRY: USA LANG: Spanish, English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 92 MIN CAST: Fernando Cardona, Gilberto Jiménez, Alfonso Velazquez, Abel Perez Friday, April 27 6:15 PM | PFS Roxy Theater Director Jim McKay’s intimate character study follows a group of undocumented workers from Puebla, Mexico as they strain to make ends meet in Brooklyn through the week, but let loose every weekend on the soccer field. RBG DIR: Betsy West, Julie Cohen COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 97 MIN Saturday, April 28 2:20 PM | Prince Theater At 85, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka The Notorious RBG) is more beloved than ever. This fascinating documentary delves deep into Ginsburg’s trailblazing career and a legacy that is far longer than most of her admirers realize.


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THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS DIR: Tim Wardle COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 100 MIN Saturday, April 28 6:35 PM | Prince Theater In 1980, three strangers discovered that they were identical triplets separated at birth. This riveting doc tells the story of the triplets’ stranger-than-fiction saga of overnight fame, sudden tragedy, and a bizarre conspiracy. WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? DIR: Morgan Neville COUNTRY: USA LANG: English YEAR: 2018 LENGTH: 94 MIN Sunday, April 29 4:20 PM | Prince Theater Generations of American kids grew up with beloved, cardigan-wearing television host Fred Rogers. In this affectionate documentary, director Morgan Neville explores the multifaceted and surprisingly radical man behind the public persona. WOODPECKERS ORIGINAL TITLE: Carpinteros DIR: José María Cabral COUNTRY: Dominican Republic LANG: Spanish YEAR: 2017 LENGTH: 107 MIN CAST: Jean Jean, Judith Rodriguez, Fernando De Jesús Mejía, Ramón Emilio Candelario Saturday, April 28 6:25 PM | PFS Roxy Theater This high-octane drama follows new prison inmate Julián as he risks his life for a perilous romance with an inmate at the adjacent women’s prison using a complex sign language called “woodpecking”.


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Philadelphia Film Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to utilize the power of film and provide resources for other creative arts to engage, educate, entertain, and promote cultural understanding within diverse communities. PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY STAFF Executive Director J. Andrew Greenblatt Festival Artistic Director Michael Lerman Director of Business & External Affairs Crystal Ciervo Director of Prince Operations Peter Escalada-Mastick Festival & Events Director Alex Gibson Director of Film Operations Scott Hudson Senior Development Officer Rebecca Daniels Education & Outreach Manager Julie Basla Marketing Manager Kait Calabrò Operations Manager Rachel Hampton Office Manager & Executive Assistant | Volunteer Coordinator Kyrie Fisher Artistic Administrator Nancy Lee Kathan Associate Production Manager Scott Halstead Programming Associate Travis Trew Ticketing Manager Zachary Hogan General Manager, PFS Roxy Theater Benjamin Miller Marks Graphic Designer | Program Guide Design Brittany King Assistant Managers, PFS Roxy Theater Carolee Dunn, Maggie Ryback, Zachary Hogan BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman Lawrence Korman Vice Chair Betsy Filton Treasurer Joseph Manko Jr. Secretary Barry O’Sullivan Chair Emeritus Jack Adler Louis Bluver Laurada Byers Ellen Davis J. Andrew Greenblatt Gerald Guarcini Ralph Hirshorn Marjorie Honickman Susan Jacquette Victor Keen Ruth Perlmutter David Plaza Carol Saline Lisa Samuel M. Night Shyamalan Jill Ross Ross Weiss Justin Wineburgh Linda Yaffe ADVISORY BOARD Jill Bonovitz | Marc Brownstein | Nicole Cashman | Elizabeth Caulk | John Colabelli | J.P. Cummins | Tobey Dichter | Arlin Green | Michael Greenwald | David Haas | Brad Heffler Eileen Heisman | Roger LaMay | Joseph Manko | Paula Moritz | Parinda Patel | Sharon Pinkenson | Steve Poses | Carla Ricci | J. Mickey Rowley | Allen Sabinson | Richard Vague THANK YOU! Thank you to all of our dedicated PFF SpringFest volunteers!



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