With the Philadelphia Film Film Festival set to return for its 26th edition later this month, the Philadelphia Film Society has revealed the full line-up of titles that will be playing the festival including Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, which will open the 11-day event on October 19, and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the closing night film.
“Coming off our 25th Anniversary, we entered this year with a certain amount of trepidation as to how we could match what was arguably our strongest Festival program ever built upon one of the best years for film in recent memory. After traveling the Festival circuit and watching a record number of submissions, we’re thrilled with this year’s line-up, which again represents the best of film from around the world,” said J. Andrew Greenblatt, the festival’s executive director.
He continued, “From crowd pleasers like our Opening Night film I, Tonya to award contenders like Closing Night film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; from thought-provoking documentaries like The New Radical to cutting-edge foreign films like The Square and experimental indies like Flesh and Blood from Philly-born director Mark Webber, there’s something for everyone in this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival.”
The 26th Philadelphia Film Festival runs from Thursday, October 19 to Sunday, October 29. Tickets will go on-sale for Philadelphia Film Society members on Friday, October 6 and to the general public beginning Monday, October 9. You can check out the full line-up below:
Opening Night Film
- I, Tonya, Director Craig Gillespie. 2017, USA.
Closing Night Film
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Director Martin McDonagh. 2017, USA.
- Darkest Hour, Director Joe Wright. 2017, UK.
- The Florida Project, Director Sean Baker. 2017, USA.
- Lady Bird, Director Greta Gerwig. 2017, USA.
- Last Flag Flying, Director Richard Linklater. 2017, USA.
From the Vaults: Film history comes alive as it was meant to be seen – on the big screen. Come see old favorites bigger than life once again.
- “Demme in Philly” Retrospective
- Beloved, Director Jonathan Demme. 1998, USA.
- Neil Young Trunk Show, Director Jonathan Demme. 2009, USA.
- Philadelphia, Director Jonathan Demme. 1993, USA.
- Ichi the Killer, Director Takashi Miike. 2001, Japan.
- The Last Detail, Director Hal Ashby. 1973, USA.
Spotlights, Presented by Philadelphia Style: Highly–anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the world.
- Borg/McEnroe, Director Janus Metz. 2017, Sweden.
- Breathe, Director Andy Serkis. 2017, UK.
- The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Director Jared Moshé. 2017, USA.
- Chappaquiddick, Director John Curran. 2017, USA.
- Thoroughbreds, Director Cory Finley. 2017, USA.
- Where is Kyra?, Director Andrew Dosunmu. 2016, USA.
- Wonderstruck, Director Todd Haynes. 2017, USA.
Masters of Cinema, Presented by aka: These new films exemplify the masterful work of world-renowned filmmakers as they continue to thrill and inspire audiences with cutting-edge features.
- Faces Places, Director Agnès Varda, JR. 2017, France.
- In The Fade, Director Fatih Akin. 2017, Germany.
- Ismael’s Ghosts, Director Arnaud Desplechin. 2017, France.
- Jane, Director Brett Morgen. 2017, USA.
- The Other Side of Hope, Director Aki Kaurismäki. 2017, Finland, Germany
- Radiance, Director Naomi Kawase. 2017, Japan.
- Spoor, Director Agnieszka Holland. 2017, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia.
World Narratives, Presented by 6ABC: Explore the world through film with this diverse selection of international cinema that features distinct perspectives and images from around the globe.
- A Ciambra, Director Jonas Carpignano. 2017, Italy, USA, France, Sweden, Germany.
- Beauty and the Dogs, Director Kaouther Ben Hania. 2017, Tunisia, France, Sweden.
- Bye Bye Germany, Director Sam Garbarski. 2017, Germany.
- The Divine Order, Director Petra Volpe. 2017, Switzerland.
- Have a Nice Day, Director Liu Jian. 2017, China.
- Holy Air, Director Shady Srour. 2017, Israel.
- In Syria, Director Philippe Van Leeuw. 2017, Belgium, France, Lebanon.
- Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts, Director Mouly Surya. 2017, Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Thailand.
- Mobile Homes, Director Vladimir de Fontenay. 2017, Canada, France.
- Newton, Director Amit V Masurkar. 2017, India.
- On Body and Soul, Director Ildikó Enyedi. 2017, Hungary.
- Scaffolding, Director Matan Yair. 2017, Israel, Poland.
- The Square, Director Ruben Östlund. 2017, Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark.
- Sweet Country, Director Warwick Thornton. 2017, Australia.
- Thelma, Director Joachim Trier. 2017, Norway, Sweden, France, Denmark.
- Under the Tree, Director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. 2017, Iceland, Denmark, Poland, Germany.
- Walking Past the Future, Director Li Ruijun. 2017, China.
- The Wound, Director John Trengove. 2017, South Africa.
New French Films, Presented by TV5Monde: The birthplace of cinema, France continues to produce some of the best movies in the world with films that are funny, daring, sexy and uniquely French.
- Bloody Milk, Director Hubert Charuel. 2017, France.
- BPM (Beats Per Minute), Director Robin Campillo. 2017, France.
- Custody, Director Xavier Legrand. 2017, France.
- Just to Be Sure, Director Carine Tardieu. 2017, France.
- Montparnasse Bienvenue, Director Léonor Serraille. 2017, France.
- The Workshop, Director Laurent Cantet. 2017, France.
Spanish and Latin American Cinema Now: Offering gripping stories and unique perspective, these Spanish-language films explore a multitude of subjects ranging from the culturally specific to the universal.
- The Desert Bride, Director Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato. 2017, Argentina, Chile.
- The Invisible Guest, Director Oriol Paulo. 2017, Spain.
- Sister of Mine, Director Pedro Aguilera. 2017, Spain, Colombia.
- A Sort of Family, Director Diego Lerman. 2017, Argentina, Brazil, France, Poland.
American Independents, Presented by Xfinity (Part of PFS on Us presented by PNC Arts Alive): Featuring powerful new voices in American cinema, these fresh, gritty films explore a variety of subjects through the filmmaker’s uncompromising vision.
- Blame, Director Quinn Shephard. 2017, USA.
- The Endless, Director Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead. 2017, USA.
- Gemini, Director Aaron Katz. 2017, USA.
- Most Beautiful Island, Director Ana Asensio. 2017, USA.
- Oh Lucy!, Director Atsuko Hirayanagi. 2017, USA, Japan.
- Princess Cyd, Director Stephen Cone. 2017, USA.
- Sollers Point, Director Matt Porterfield. 2017, USA.
Greater Filmadelphia, Presented by PGW: Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this category brings our city and its talent to the big screen.
- 11/8/16, Director Jeff Deutchman. 2017, USA.
- Alaska Is a Drag, Director Shaz Bennett. 2017, USA.
- AlphaGo, Director Greg Kohs. 2017, UK, South Korea, France, USA.
- At the Drive-In, Director Alexander Monelli. 2017, USA.
- Flesh and Blood, Director Mark Webber. 2017, USA.
- Golden Exits, Director Alex Ross Perry. 2017, USA.
- Love Means Zero, Director Jason Kohn. 2017, USA.
Documentary Showcase, Presented by Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and Jefferson Health (Part of PFS on Us presented by PNC Arts Alive): Comprising the best in documentary filmmaking, these compelling films feature everything from stirring character studies to fascinating looks at current global issues.
- Bobbi Jene, Director Elvira Lind. 2017, USA, Denmark, Israel.
- Brimstone and Glory, Director Viktor Jakovleski. 2017, USA, Mexico.
- The Cage Fighter, Director Jeff Unay. 2017, USA.
- Ghost Hunting, Director Raed Andoni. 2017, France, Palestine, Switzerland, Qatar.
- Gilbert, Director Neil Berkeley. 2017, USA.
- The New Radical, Director Adam Bhala Lough. 2016, USA.
- One of Us, Director Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady. 2017, USA.
Sight and Soundtrack, Presented by iHeart Media: Featuring rockumentaries, musician biopics, and films that are centered on the unifying power of music.
- Bad Lucky Goat, Director Samir Oliveros. 2017, Colombia.
- Django, Director Étienne Comar. 2017, France.
- Living on Soul, Director Jeff Broadway, Cory Bailey. 2017, USA.
- Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta be Me, Director Sam Pollard. 2017, USA.
- Souvenir, Director Bavo Defurne. 2016, Belgium, Luxembourg, France.
The Graveyard Shift: Horror, action, suspense, and the downright weird, these films will keep you awake during the graveyard shift.
- Bad Day for the Cut, Director Chris Baugh. 2017, UK.
- The Bar, Director Álex de la Iglesia. 2017, Spain.
- Blade of the Immortal, Director Takashi Miike. 2017, Japan.
- Let the Corpses Tan, Director Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani. 2017, Belgium, France.
Animated and Live Action Shorts:
- Aria, Director Myrsini Aristidou. 2017, Cyprus, France.
- The Bald Future, Director Paul Cabon. 2016, France.
- Broken: The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck, Director Alexander Lahl, Volker Schlecht. 2016, Germany.
- The Burden, Director Niki Lindroth. 2017, Sweden.
- Call Your Father, Director Jordan Firstman. 2016, USA.
- Catherine, Director Britt Raes. 2016, Belgium.
- Cerulia, Director Sofía Carrillo. 2017, Mexico.
- Close Ties, Director Zofia Kowalewska. 2016, Poland.
- Deer Squad: The Movie, Director Pipus Larsen, Kenneth Gug, Scott J. Ross. 2016, USA.
- Fish Story, Director Charlie Lyne. 2017, UK.
- Fucking Bunnies, Director Teemu Niukkanen. 2016, Finland.
- A Gentle Night, Director Qui Yang. 2017, China.
- Goddess, Director Karishma Dube. 2017, India.
- Great Choice!, Director Robin Comisar. 2017, USA.
- Hi Stranger, Director Kirsten Lepore. 2016, USA.
- Legal Smuggling with Christine Choy, Director Lewie Kloster. 2016, USA.
- Lucia Before and After, Director Anu Valia. 2016, USA.
- Nighthawk, Director Špela Čadež. 2016, Slovenia, Croatia.
- Nobody Loves Me, Director Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. 2017, Bolivia, USA.
- Pussy, Director Renata Gasiorowska. 2016, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia.
- Retouch, Director Kaveh Mazaheri. 2017, Iran.
- Slapper, Director Luci Schroder. 2016, Australia.
- The Tesla World Light, Director Matthew Rankin. 2017, Canada, France.
- Victor & Isolina, Director William Caballero. 2016, USA
- Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Invention of the Movies, Director Andrew Ferrett. 2017, USA.
- The Eyeslicer, 2017.
‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway will replace Bryan Singer as writer-director on ‘Red Sonja’
Bryan Singer, in addition to being a pretty bad director, is also a pretty shitty and terrible person, as you probably already know. Earlier this year, The Atlantic published an exposé detailing new sexual misconduct claims against the Bohemian Rhapsody helmer made by several men who claim he sexually assaulted them when they were underage—the youngest being just 13-years-old.
That being said, it was pretty shocking when Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner referred to the exposé as “agenda driven fake news” and said that he would not be removing Singer from his post as writer-director on the studio’s long-in-the-works Red Sonja, a female-centered superhero film that would reportedly earn Singer a whopping $10 million paycheck.
Fast forward a few months later, and it appears Lerner had a change of heart after all, as Deadline is reporting that Millennium has finally removed Singer from the project and replaced him with Transparent creator Jill Soloway, who is now set to write and direct the project that has been stuck in development hell for more than a decade now at this point.
“I can’t wait to bring Red Sonja’s epic world to life,” Soloway said in a statement to Deadline. “Exploring this powerful mythology and evolving what it means to be a heroine is an artistic dream come true.”
However, as exciting as it is to finally see Red Sonja get back off the ground and into development with someone that isn’t a dude at the helm, don’t expect to see the movie hit theaters anytime soon, as the original report notes that it still “has to be scripted, cast and prepped” and “it is likely Soloway will direct something before it.”
‘Halloween 2’ will begin shooting this fall with Jamie Lee Curtis and David Gordon Green returning
Earlier this month, we brought you a report about how Jamie Lee Curtis and Jason Blum had met up to probably discuss the development of another Halloween movie and it sounds like our speculation was right on point: The Shape isn’t dead after all.
According to Collider, Halloween 2 is indeed happening and is set to begin production this fall. Curtis will, of course, be reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode, while Judy Greer and Andi Matichak will also be back to play her daughter and granddaughter, respectively.
David Gordon Green, who directed and co-wrote last year’s Halloween along with Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley, wrote the script for the sequel and is being eyed for a return to the director’s chair as well. It’s unclear as to what happened to the screenplay Scott Teems was reportedly working on earlier this year.
Last year’s Halloween was initially intended to be a one-off (the first synopsis for the film described it as Laurie Strode’s “final confrontation” with Michael Myers), but with it’s $255 million worldwide box office haul and open-ended conclusion, a sequel seemed all but likely to happen.
Halloween 2 is expected to hit theaters on October 16, 2020. We’ll bring you the official announcement from Blumhouse as soon as it comes across our desk.
Paul Thomas Anderson and Thom Yorke’s short film ‘Anima’ is coming to Netflix next week
“In a short musical film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke of Radiohead scores and stars in a mind-bending visual piece. Best played loud.”
That’s the incredibly intriguing official logline for Anima, the latest and rather unexpected collaboration between director Paul Thomas Anderson and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, which is set to be released along with Yorke’s upcoming album of the same name later this month.
Despite the teaser trailer released by Netflix today, we still don’t know a whole lot about Anima other than the fact that it’s being described as a “one-reeler,” an outdated industry term that refers to “a motion picture, especially a cartoon or comedy, of 10-12 minutes duration and contained on one reel of film; popular especially in the era of silent films.”
This whole thing is beyond exciting (to say the least), especially given the surprise nature of it all, and although it hasn’t even been two years since we got the lush masterpiece that is Phantom Thread, it certainly feels like we’re long overdue for some new PTA and Anima seems like it’ll be just what we need to hold us over until his next feature.
Anima will hit select IMAX theaters (!) and Netflix on June 26 and 27, respectively.