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1 OCT 17-27, 2013 SEE SOMETHING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET : /philafilmsociety : @phillyfilmsoc #PFF22


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2 XFINITY® is a proud sponsor of the Philadelphia Film Festival. Access select movies from the festival with XFINITY On Demand. ™ Using your digital remote, select On Demand/ Get Local/Enterainment/Philly Film Fest or Philly Film Fest HD. 1-800-XFINITY | Restrictions apply. Festival movies available On Demand for a limited time. XFINITY service not available in all areas. Not all programming available in all areas. Call for restrictions and details. ©2013 Comcast. All rights reserved.


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DIRECTORS’ NOTES 3 It’s the start of my fi h year as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Film Society, and I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished! Once again, our fantastic team of curators has delivered a spectacular program, which we are all tremendously excited to bring home to Philadelphia. We knew going into this year that we had a significant challenge on our hands following the incredible lineup of the 2012 Festival, highlighted by the Opening Night hometown premiere of Silver Linings Playbook and the Closing Night screening of Flight, complete with Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis. What a tough act to follow! The programming team, led by Artistic Director Michael Lerman, has surpassed all expectations and has delivered what may be our finest Festival yet. Opening with the brilliant survival film All Is Lost and Closing with Labor Day, the Philadelphia Film Festival features some of the most anticipated films of the year, such as August: Osage County; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Nebraska; and Philomena. I’m thrilled to be welcoming Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme, who will be on hand to present the 20th Anniversary screening of Philadelphia. Rising Star Award recipient Kerry Bishé (Argo) will be here with two films, Blue Highway and Grand Piano. I’m also excited to share with you the expansion of our PFF ON US program, which o ers free tickets to the general public and nonprofit organizations throughout Philadelphia, as well as our Student Screening Showcase Education Program, which gives free tickets daily to students for designated films, complete with post-screening discussions. These programs are very important to the Film Society, as we work to fulfill our mission to build audiences for film and promote education and understanding through film. Education programs launched during the festival will continue throughout the year at our new home in the PFS Theater at the Roxy. Be sure to check out our Filmadelphia category films, as this program will continue year-round at the PFS Theater at the Roxy thanks to a generous grant from the Knight Foundation. Five years. It’s been a great ride so far, and this is just the beginning. Thank you for your continued support, and for joining us again in this annual celebration of film. I hope you enjoy the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival, and I look forward to seeing you at the movies. As we approach another Philadelphia Film Festival, I’m reminded what a great year it has been for cinema. I felt like 2012 set an incredibly high bar for films, and with the 22nd festival, we’re going to try our best to clear it. We’ve shrunk a little bit, trimmed the fat and kept it to just the movies that we think you, the audiences, will respond to the most. While we still support risk-taking in cinema and edgy, decisive visions, we also are simply looking to show the cream of the crop, the films that will stay with you for years to come. There are a lot of connections to be drawn through the program, but perhaps one of my favorite themes of this year is youth. We not only have a series of movies that are geared toward children, such as Ernest & Celestine, Ragnorak, The Rocket and The Short Game (a doc that plays great to people of all ages!), but we also have many films about the nature of childhood or coming-of-age. Try not to miss movies like Awful Nice, Harmony Lessons, In Bloom, Northwest, Sarah Prefers to Run, We Are the Best! and the Cannes-award-winning Blue Is the Warmest Color, which explores the first taste of sexuality in the most honest terms possible. Some of the best films in the program discuss familial relationships, movies like August: Osage County, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Congress, Ilo Ilo and Like Father, Like Son. Whether you are a parent or a child, you should be able to throw a rock in the Ritz in the next few days and hit a story you can relate to. We’re doing more to highlight our competition films this year. These are some of the most unique pieces in the program and they are definitely worth taking a chance on. All of them will play twice during the festival, with one show guaranteed to be during the last weekend, so make sure you stick it out until the end because we’ve saved the best for last! Whether it is thought-provoking tales of moral ambiguity and lifealtering questions, or empowering crowd-pleasers about elderly women finding independence, I hope that you find something to fall in love with in the festival. Yes, it truly has been an incredible year of discoveries and strong voices, and I’m so glad we get to share some of that with you. 3 MICHAEL LERMAN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR J. ANDREW GREENBLATT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


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5 IMPORTANT INFO Directors’ Notes Programmer Bios Our Sponsors Keys to a Successful Fest Ticket Information Opening Night Festivities Closing Night Extravaganza Special Events Film Awards Rising Star Award Filmadelphia Education Screening Schedule Thank Yous Film Index 3 7 9 10 11 12 12 13 14 17 19 20 105 109 CONTENTS THE PROGRAM Opening Night Film Closing Night Film Centerpieces From The Vaults Spotlights Masters of Cinema World Narratives Contemporary Francophone Cinema Spanish Language Stories Eastern European Visions American Independents Greater Filmadelphia Documentary Showcase Sight and Soundtrack Animated Shorts Program The Graveyard Shi 25 27 29 36 40 46 52 62 68 74 78 82 86 92 97 98 Welcome to the twenty-second Philadelphia Film Festival. See something you’ll never forget!


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PROGRAMMER BIOS 7 MICHAEL LERMAN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Born and raised in Philadelphia, Michael is a veteran programmer of film festivals, currently also curating for Fantastic Fest and working as a Programming Associate for the Toronto International Film Festival. Previously, he was the Director of Acquisitions for The Film Sales Company and has written for several film publications including indieWIRE, Spout and Hammer to Nail. He also co-runs a production company called Tiger Industry Films for which he produces, directs, writes, and edits. 7 J. ANDREW GREENBLATT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR A Philadelphia native, J. Andrew Greenblatt assumed the position of Executive Director/ Chief Executive O icer of the Philadelphia Film Society in September 2008. He is responsible for the annual budget and long-term financial plan while also acting as primary fundraiser and overseer of programming initiatives. Prior to PFS, Greenblatt began his career in the entertainment industry with Film 101 Productions, an independent production company. Working both with Film 101 and independently, he has produced films including Explicit Ills, Café, Twelve, and Everything Must Go. TOM QUINN PROGRAMMER Tom Quinn is the co-president of Radius, The Weinstein Company’s new crossplatform film releasing label, developing content and distribution strategies that move beyond the on-demand model. Before that he was at Magnolia for eight years, where he was SVP. Quinn is also a programmer, having worked for Atlanta, Woodstock, and Actionfest. Prior to joining Magnolia, he was at 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. RYAN WERNER PROGRAMMER Ryan Werner, recepient of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Gen Award” in 2006, is a freelance publicity and marketing consultant. He was recently SVP of Marketing at IFC Entertainment, where he oversaw all marketing and publicity for the company’s theatrical and home video releases. Prior to IFC, Werner was Head of Theatrical Distribution at Wellspring and Palm Pictures. He has also worked at Magnolia Pictures, Shooting Gallery, Sundance Channel, and IFP. Werner has also programmed at the Woodstock Film Festival. DILCIA BARRERA ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dilcia Barrera graduated from UCLA with a degree in Spanish/Portuguese Film and Literature. Aside from working for The Philadelphia Film Festival, Dilcia is a senior film programmer for AFI FEST, a Shorts Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, and a screener for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. DOUG JONES ASSOCIATE PROGRAMMER Doug Jones got his first job in film — shoveling popcorn behind the candy stand of the Hollywood Theater in Sioux Falls, SD — when he was 14. Later, a er a few years at film school and working in film production, he moved into the world of non-profit film organizations. He has also written for a variety of magazines and web sites, including indieWIRE, Film Comment, Twitch, and flatbed. Jones is currently the Associate Director of Programming for Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival. SHERYL SANTACRUZ PROGRAMMING MANAGER CHARLOTTE COOK SCREENER ELIZABETH SKERITT SCREENER JESSE TRUSSELL SCREENER FARIHAH ZAMAN SCREENER


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8 Coming Soon aa SneakPeek of the PFS Theater at the Roxy Sneak Peak of the PFS at the Roxy October 18th from 12-6 October 19th from 12-4 October 20th from 12-4 Join Us for our Open House


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10 10 KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL FEST BADGES THE IDEAL FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE! We o er tiered badge options tailored to your preferences. Badge holders get into screenings just by showing up (no tickets!) and receive priority admission. With four options to choose from, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for! WEEKEND BADGE A/B . . . . . . $165 General Public (25% o for PFS Members) Your four day ticket to the Festival, with access to film screenings from (A) Oct. 17-20 including the Opening Night Film & Party, or (B) Oct. 24-27 including the Closing Night Film & Party. Nontransferable. SILVER BADGE . . $400 General Public (25% o for PFS Members) Enjoy the full Festival experience with access to all film screenings, Opening & Closing Night Parties, and the Festival Lounge. Non-transferable. GOLD BADGE . . . $600 General Public (25% o for PFS Members) Share the Festival experience with friends and family through the transferable Gold Badge that provides access to all film screenings, Opening & Closing Night Parties, and the Festival Lounge. PLATINUM BADGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,000 The ultimate Festival experience. This transferable badge includes access to all film screenings, special events, the Festival Lounge, and the Exclusive Opening Night Pre-Reception. Plus, reserved priority seating at all screenings. NOTES ABOUT BADGES: Badge holder must arrive to screenings 30 minutes in advance or priority admission is not guaranteed. Festival Badges will be available for pick-up at the PFF Main Box O ice, starting Oct. 4th. This is the only location where badges can be picked up. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS, RETURNS, OR EXCHANGES. AVOID SELL-OUTS: Screenings tend to sell out – especially Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece films – so get your tickets in advance. Tickets are available to everyone beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the PFF Main Box O ice. PFS Members have access to an exclusive four day pre-sale beginning Friday, Sept. 27. DON’T BE LATE: All shows begin ON TIME and are not preceded by previews. No one is guaranteed a seat a er a screening begins, not even ticket or badge holders. Lines will form a half-hour before the screening, so come early. STAY UPDATED: Stay up to date on sell-outs, scheduling changes, special guests, event info and more! Follow us on Twitter (@ PhillyFilmSoc), like us on Facebook (Philadelphia Film Society), 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, please silence your cell phone and refrain from using it while in the theater – a lit screen will distract everyone around you! SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS: We want to hear from you! Fill out the Audience Award voting 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! 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 your screening, don’t worry; if you have a ticket and arrive early, you will get in. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE “PFF ON US” FREE TICKET PROGRAM: Thanks to the generous support of the Wyncote Foundation, PFS is once again proud to present “PFF On Us,” the Festival’s free ticket program that o ers complimentary tickets to the American Independents and Documentaries screening categories. Anyone can get one (1) free ticket to any PFF On Us screening. Getting your free tickets is easy! For more information or to order your tickets visit TIPS Get your Festival Badge online NOW at FILMADELPHIA.ORG/BADGES WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. VENUES International House MARKET STREET I-76 Schuykill Expwy. CHESTNUT STREET Schuykill River WALNUT STREET SPRUCE STREET LOMBARD STREET Cinemark 3701 Chestnut St. (at 37th St.) 215-387-5125 formerly the Rave 4012 Walnut St. (at 40th St.) 215-386-0869 33RD STREET 40TH STREET 37TH STREET


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TICKET INFORMATION 11 TICKET INFORMATION HOW TO BUY TICKETS: Tickets to any screening can be purchased online, by phone, at any festival theatrical venue (only on screening dates), or at the Festival Main Box O ice up to 30 minutes before showtime, subject to availability. Thirty minutes prior to showtime, tickets can only be purchased at the screening venue. Venue box o ices open 30 minutes before the first screening of the day and close 15 minutes a er the last screening of the day begins. Seating for ticket holders is only guaranteed until 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time; no late seating. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS, RETURNS, OR EXCHANGES. WILL CALL: When ordering tickets online or over the phone, you can select Will Call to pick your tickets up at any festival box o ice. A $1.00 convenience fee will be applied to each ticket in your order at the time of purchase. ORDER BY PHONE: Tickets to the festival can be ordered by calling the Main Box O ice during regular box o ice hours. You can chose to receive your tickets either via email or Will Call. A $1.00 convenience fee will be applied to each ticket in your phone order at the time of purchase. RUSH TICKETS: Even when tickets for a screening sell out, seats may still be available. In most cases, a limited number of rush tickets are released 15 minutes prior to the screening. Rush tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on how many seats are available. Cash only, full price. Students (with valid ID) may purchase rush tickets for $5, except where noted. Please plan on lining up at least 30 minutes in advance for rush tickets. FILM VOUCHERS: Film vouchers can only be used for regularly priced screenings ($12 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 o ice or the PFF Main Box O ice, based on availability. GROUP SALES: Group sale rates are available for groups of 20+. Please call 267-908-4733 or email for group sale inquiries. Excludes Special Events and other specially priced screenings. 11 PRICING (TICKET PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WHERE NOTED) INDIVIDUAL TICKET PRICES Regular screenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12 / PFS Members $10 Weekday matinees (before 5pm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $6 / PFS Members $5 6-PACK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $60 / PFS Members $50 Includes admission to any six (6) regular film screenings priced $12 or less, depending on availability. 6-Pack vouchers must be redeemed for specific screenings at the box o ice. There is a two-ticket limit per film. 6-Packs can only be purchased in person at the PFF Main Box O ice. THE GRAVEYARD BUNDLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 We’re screening two nights of great genre fare at Cinemark on 10/18 and 10/19: five films from The Graveyard Shi category plus 1979’s The Visitor. Buy the bundle and see all six shows at a discounted rate. TICKET PACKAGES OPENING NIGHT EVENT: THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 8PM-1AM FILM: Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad Street PARTY: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 1426-28 Chestnut Street; 10:30PM -1AM Film & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 / $45 PFS Members Film only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20 / $15 PFS Members FILM: Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street PARTY: R2L Restaurant and Lounge, 2 Liberty Place; 10PM-1AM Film & Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 / $40 PFS Members Film only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $20 / $15 PFS Members CLOSING NIGHT EVENT: FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 8PM-1AM OFFICE in The Condo Shop, 1425 Locust St. , Philadelphia 19102 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Sunday, Oct. 27 HOURS: MON-FRI, NOON– 6PM, SAT NOON- 4PM, SUN NOON-4PM (only during the festival). The Main Box O ice can process badge sales, ticket packages, PFS membership sales, and regular ticket orders. This is the only location where Festival Badges and ticket 6-Packs can be picked up. NOTE: Tickets for screenings at the Kimmel Center Perelman Theater can only be purchased online or over the phone from the Kimmel Center box o ice, or in person at the festival main box o ice. Call 215-670-2300 to order. ADVANCE & IN-PERSON SALES: Purchase in-person at the PFF MAIN BOX Prince Music Theater 1412 Chestnut St. (at Broad St.) 215-569-9700 VIP Lounge Ritz Bourse 400 Ranstead St. (along 4th St.) 215-925-7900 Ritz East 125 S. 2nd St. (at Sansom) 215-925-7900 110 Chestnut St. 2nd Floor I-95 Delaware Expwy. Perelman Theater 15TH STREET BROAD STREET 2ND STREET 3RD STREET 5TH STREET 4TH STREET in the Kimmel Center 300 S. Broad St. (at Spruce St.) 215-893-1999 Delaware River


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12 12 OPENING NIGHT FESTIVITIES THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 8:00 PM-1:00 AM OPENING NIGHT FILM SCREENING OF ALL IS LOST DIR: J.C. CHANDOR / CAST: ROBERT REDFORD PERELMAN THEATER AT THE KIMMEL CENTER 300 S BROAD STREET, CENTER CITY, 8-10PM Kick o the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival in Center City’s newest and largest film screening venue, the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, with the Philadelphia premiere of All Is Lost. One of the most anticipated films of the fall and featuring a tour-de-force solo performance from Robert Redford, All is Lost is a gripping nautical tale of solitude, determination, and survival in the face of looming disaster. Director J.C. Chandor will be in attendance. OPENING NIGHT PARTY DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE 1426-28 CHESTNUT STREET, CENTER CITY, 10:30PM -1AM The excitement doesn’t stop at the theater. Mix and mingle with fellow film enthusiasts and industry VIPs at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. Enjoy signature cocktails from Grey Goose Premium Vodka and get a taste of the exclusive beer of the Philadelphia Film Festival, Cinnister Cinema Stout, locally cra ed by Dock Street Brewing Co. OPENING NIGHT ADMISSIONS Film and Party are FREE with your Festival Badge. 21+, ID required Tickets will NOT be available at the door. See “Pricing” on page 11 for advance purchase information. SPONSORED BY CLOSING NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 8:00 PM-1:00 AM AWARD CEREMONY AND CLOSING NIGHT FILM SCREENING OF LABOR DAY DIR: JASON REITMAN CAST: KATE WINSLET, JOSH BROLIN, GATTLIN GRIFFITH, TOBEY MAGUIRE, CLARK GREGG, JK SIMMONS, BROOKE SMITH, JAMES VAN DER BEEK PRINCE MUSIC THEATER 1412 CHESTNUT STREET, CENTER CITY, 8-10PM Join us as we announce the Grand Jury and Audience Award Winners of the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival, followed by the Philadelphia Premiere of Labor Day. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in Jason Reitman’s powerful, absorbing drama about a boy and his withdrawn mother whose lives are forever changed by the appearance of a mysterious stranger. CLOSING NIGHT PARTY R2L RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 2 LIBERTY PLACE, CENTER CITY, 10PM-1AM Close out this year’s showcase of cinema in style on the 37th Floor of 2 Liberty Place at R2L Restaurant and Lounge. With sweeping views of the city, great food and music, there couldn’t be a better setting to recap and share your favorite films of the Festival! We’re happy to invite back our generous sponsors at Grey Goose Premium Vodka and Dock Street Brewing Co. as they o er complimentary beer and cocktails created exclusively for the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival! CLOSING NIGHT ADMISSIONS Film and Party are FREE with your Festival Badge. 21+, ID required Tickets will not be available at the door. See “Pricing” on page 11 for advance purchase information. SPONSORED BY


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SPECIAL EVENTS FESTIVAL LOUNGE 110 CHESTNUT ST., 2ND FLOOR, OLD CITY HOURS: MONDAY–WEDNESDAY, 4:00–10:00 PM THURSDAY–SUNDAY, 12:00–10 PM* Exclusive to filmmakers, industry guests, select Badge Holders, Spotlight Circle members, sponsors and, of course, Festival VIPs. Located in Old City, at 110 Chestnut St., the Festival Lounge will serve as a private space for food, drinks, a little “R&R” between films and perhaps even a casual run-in with a filmmaker or two. Daily events will be featured throughout the Festival, including panel discussions, private receptions, food and wine tastings and meet-and-greets with PFF programmers. *Lounge will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 17. Lounge will be open noon– 3 pm on Friday, Oct. 25. 13 13 PHILADELPHIA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR/PRODUCER JONATHAN DEMME TUESDAY, OCT. 22 / 8:30 PM / PRINCE MUSIC THEATER Join us for this special anniversary screening of one of the most important films about our hometown. A ground-breaking masterpiece, Philadelphia was the first major motion-picture to tackle the issues of AIDS, homosexuality, and discrimination head-on. Director Jonathan Demme will be in attendance. About Jonathan Demme Starting out as a writer and producer with Roger Corman in 1971, Jonathan Demme, shown at le , has directed and produced more than 30 movies. His films, which have been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, include Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, The Manchurian Candidate, and Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director in 1991. I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad and The Beautful, the first of Demme’s projected series of five New Orleans portrait documentaries, premiered last fall on PBS’s highly regarded documentary series, POV, a er screening at the 2011 Philadelphia Film Festival. Editing is now underway on Herreast Harrison: Guardian of the Flame, the latest portrait documentary shot in New Orleans from 2005 to the present. Enzo Avitabile Music Life premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 and will be released later this year. Fear of Falling, directed by Demme and based on Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn’s adaptation of the play by Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder, is in post-production and will also be released later this year. LET THE FIRE BURN PANEL SATURDAY, OCT. 26 / 2:00 PM / PRINCE MUSIC THEATER Jason Osder’s new documentary is a riveting examination of the fatal stando between Philadelphia law enforcement and the black militant liberation group MOVE. The film details the a ermath of this tragic event through both news coverage and the subsequent public hearings. Join us for this unique event as we assemble a post-screening panel of key figures to discuss the history behind the film. The panel will include: • Jason Osder, director of Let the Fire Burn • Michael and Randi Boyette, co-authors of Let It Burn • Ramona Africa, Minister of Communication, MOVE • Jim Berghaier Don’t miss this chance to examine an important and controversial part of Philadelphia’s history.


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14 14 FILM AWARDS IN C IN C IN C IN C NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD PINKENSON FEATURE AWARD IN C OM P E TI OM P E TI OM P E TI ARCHIE FIRST FEATURE AWARD OM P E TI OM P E TI SHORT FILM AWARD Be sure to vote for this year’s audience award! Ballots will be given out at the screenings. NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION Harmony Lessons, directed by Emir Baigazin Ilo Ilo, directed by Anthony Chen In Bloom, directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß A Long and Happy Life, directed by Boris Khlebnikov Mary, Queen of Scots, directed by Thomas Imbach Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, directed by Denis Côté We Are the Best!, directed by Lukas Moodysson DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION 12 O’Clock Boys, directed by Lotfy Nathan Caucus, directed by AJ Schnack God Loves Uganda, directed by Roger Ross Williams Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, directed by Sophie Huber The Kill Team, directed by Dan Krauss La Maison de la Radio, directed by Nicolas Philibert The Short Game, directed by Josh Greenbaum ARCHIE AWARD FIRST FEATURE DIRECTOR COMPETITION 1982, directed by Tommy Oliver Apaches, directed by Thierry de Peretti Before Snowfall, directed by Hisham Zaman Cheap Thrills, directed by E. L. Katz Coherence, directed by James Ward Byrkit The Discoverers, directed by Justin Schwarz Harmony Lessons, directed by Emir Baigazin Ilo Ilo, directed by Anthony Chen La Jaula de Oro, directed by Diego Quemada-Díez Man of Tai Chi, directed by Keanu Reeves Miele, directed by Valeria Golino The Motel Life, directed by Gabriel Polsky and Alan Polsky Nothing Bad Can Happen, directed by Katrin Gebbe Puppy Love, directed by Delphine Lehericey Rock the Casbah, directed by Yariv Horowitz The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt Sarah Prefers To Run, directed by Chloé Robichaud The Suspect, directed by Stuart Connelly Tanta Agua, directed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge 2012 AWARD WINNERS BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE directed by Radu Jude TI ON EVERYBODY IN OUR FAMILY directed by Marlon Rivera THE WOMAN IN THE SEPTIC TANK ARCHIE AWARD TI ON TI ON TI ON CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST YEAR’S WINNERS BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE directed by Paul Lacoste STEP UP TO THE PLATE directed by Jenny Deller FUTURE WEATHER PINKENSON AWARD TI ON PINKENSON AWARD LOCAL FEATURE COMPETITION 1982, directed by Tommy Oliver The Discoverers, directed by Justin Schwarz Let the Fire Burn, directed by Jason Osder McCanick, directed by Josh C. Waller The Suspect, directed by Stuart Connelly Town Hall, directed by Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot SHORT FILM COMPETITION Adele 1, directed by Kurdwin Ayub Alaska is a Drag, directed by Shaz Bennett The Bungled Child, directed by Simon Filliot The Captain, directed by Nash Edgerton and Spencer Susser Cicada Princess, directed by Mauricio Baiocchi The Cub, directed by Riley Stearns Eating Lunch, directed by Sanna Lenken ECHO, directed by Merlin Flügel The Event, directed by Julia Pott Fear of Flying, directed by Conor Finnegan Fort Greene, directed by Jordan Thomas The Globe Collector, directed by Summer DeRoche In Hanford, directed by Chris Mars Lapse, directed by Jahaira Torres Marcel, King of Tervuren, directed by Tom Schroeder Necromonica, directed by Kyle Bogart and Cli Bogart Oh Willy ... , directed by Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef Old Man, directed by Leah Shore Papel Picado, directed by Javier Barboza Reindeer, directed by Eva Weber The Roper, directed by Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands RPG OKC, directed by Emily Carmichael Safe, directed by Byoung-Gon Moon Shadow of a Cloud, directed by Radu Jude Social Butterfly, directed by Lauren Wolkstein Tin, directed by Brandon Lake Vladimir Putin in Deep Concentration, directed by Dana O’Keefe and Sasha Kliment When the Zombies Come, directed by Jon Hurst BEST SHORT directed by Julia Pott BELLY AUDIENCE AWARD directed by John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK


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15 ARCHIE AWARD COMPETITION (FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE) FRIDAY, OCT. 25 / 8:00 PM / PRINCE MUSIC THEATER The Archie Award, named a er Archie Perlmutter, will be presented to the best film by a first-time director at the Closing Awards Ceremony, Friday, Oct. 25, at the Prince Music Theater. Each year, for the last seven years, the Philadelphia Film Society has celebrated the life of Archie Perlmutter, who was one of the most vibrant stalwarts of the Philadelphia film community. This year, the Archie Award for Best Debut Director will be presented by Archie’s wife, Ruth. Archie, along with Ruth, both pictured at right, was a founding board member of the Philadelphia Film Society in addition to his career as an independent film reviewer and cinema studies instructor. A er he graduated from MIT as a chemical engineer, he worked on the Manhattan atom bomb project in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Post-war, he married Ruth and they had three children, Bonnie, David and Sharon. Perlmutter’s interest in film was sparked in the early 1970s when Ruth took post-doctoral studies in cinema at New York University. Soon the couple became regulars on the film-festival circuit, scouting movies to write film criticism and features for numerous local and national newspapers and journals. In 1981, the intrepid cinephile founded and co-directed the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival at the Gershman Y, now entering in its 30th year. Archie molded the program into an event that combined two things he revered: secular Judaism and film, especially those that promoted the Jewish ethics to mend the world. Since his death, Ruth assumed his role until her retirement this year. The following films and filmmakers have been recipients of the Archie Award: Me and You and Everyone We Know by Miranda July, 2005; Sweetland by Ali Selim, 2006; Red Road by Andrea Arnold, 2007; Phoebe in Wonderland by Daniel Barnz, 2008; Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley, 2009; Hesher by Spencer Susser, 2010; Michael by Markus Schleinzer, 2011; and The Woman in the Septic Tank, by Marlon Rivera, 2012. 15 SHARON PINKENSON AWARD (FOR BEST LOCAL FEATURE) For over 20 years, Sharon Pinkenson has been synonymous with film in Philadelphia. As the first Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film O ice (GPFO), Sharon has been responsible for bringing in scores of tremendous films with incredible talent over the years, including highlights such as: Philadelphia, The Sixth Sense, National Treasure, In Her Shoes, Law Abiding Citizen, Silver Linings Playbook and hundreds more! No one has been more instrumental in developing, strengthening and sustaining the film industry across the Philadelphia region, making it possible for the city and region to become such a desirable place to shoot a film, be it studio or independent. In recognition and tremendous gratitude for her dedication and accomplishments throughout her remarkable career, the Philadelphia Film Society is thrilled to honor Sharon by renaming the annual greater filmadelphia award given to best local film in her name, which will now be titled the Sharon Pinkenson Award for Best Local Feature Film.



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