PFF 2012: – Latest Updates from the 21st Annual Philadelphia Film Festival

Director David O. Russell now scheduled to appear for sold out opener, Silver Linings Playbook; Directors M. Night Shyamalan & Robert Zemeckis amongst other filmmakers attending the 11-day Festival

The 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, which kicks off this Thursday, October 18 and runs through Sunday, October 28, is excited to welcome a variety of industry guests and add four new films to the 11-day lineup.

The Festival is thrilled to announce that acclaimed Director David O. Russell, Author Matthew Quick, and Producers Donna Gigliotti and Bruce Cohen will be in attendance for the sold out Opening Night screening of Silver Linings Playbook.

In conjunction with the more than 100 feature-length and short films slated in this year’s program are scheduled appearances and post screening discussions with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan for the 10th Anniversary screening of Signs, Director Jesse James Miller and Boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini for the Friday, October 19 screening of The Good Son, and Director Robert Zemeckis for the Closing Night Film Flight. For a full list of attending talent, visit

The Festival is also excited to announce the inclusion of five additional films for this year’s line-up:

Miami Connection
Friday, October 19 / 11:59pm / The Rave
A hilarious and action-packed blast from the past, Miami Connection is an unearthed kung fu spectacular that delivers everything you would hope for in a midnight, cult hit.

Saturday, October 20 / 7:50pm / Ritz East
Set in 1980s East Germany, Barbara depicts the inner conflicts of a young doctor torn between her desire to escape to the West and her developing feelings toward a fellow physician.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 3D
Saturday, October 20 / 11:59pm / Rave 6
A truly unexpected jolt to the system, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning manages to be one of the year’s most visceral, intense and gripping thrillers while still delivering the kick-ass action you expect from a series that has spanned two decades.

The Missing Piece: The Truth About the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa
Saturday, October 20 / 9:30pm / Prince Music Theater
Wednesday October 24 / 3:10pm / Rave 6
Many truths about the world’s most celebrated painting are uncovered through an ordinary man’s journey to attain answers about an extraordinary heist in this entertaining documentary.

Hyde Park on Hudson 
Thursday, October 25 / 7:25pm / Prince Music Theater
An engaging snapshot at a critical time in American history, Hyde Park on Hudson recounts the true story of a pivotal moment in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (Bill Murray) relationship with his distant cousin (Laura Linney) during a weekend when the King and Queen of England were visiting the president’s country estate.

Free tickets are still available to the remaining films of the “PFF On Us” program (The Comedy, Gayby, Gimme the Loot, Leave Me Like You Found Me, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Simon Killer) and can be reserved by visiting

The full Festival schedule is available now at and in Festival Program Guides throughout the city. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Festival website,, over the phone by calling 267-908-4733, or in-person at the Prince Music Theater Box Office (1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103). Select tickets can also be purchased city-wide at over 600+ Redbox kiosks in Philadelphia.

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