PFF22: The Full Line-up of Films Showing at the 22nd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival


We Live Film covers film festivals from all across the world and festivals of all sizes, which is why I am pleased to announce that We Live Film will be covering the 22nd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival right here in Philadelphia. It was in Philadelphia where We Live Film was founded and while this festival isn’t as well known as ones such as Sundance or Toronto, it is a great festival that gets some pretty notable films and a festival that has more of a personal touch to it since I get to see movies with those who I see films with on a weekly basis. This year Zachary Marsh, myself, and possibly a few others from We Live Film will be heading out to the Philadelphia Film Festival to cover this festival for you as best as we can.

Today, we are pleased to just make the announcement that we will be covering the event, but also wanted to give you a sneak peak of the lineup that features over 100 different films from across the globe. If you live near by Philadelphia or the surrounding area, I highly recommend you come check out the festival this year because the lineup is bigger and better than ever before.

Now without further ado, I am pleased to present you with the full line up of the 22nd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival.

Opening Night Film

All is Lost, Director J.C. Chandor. USA, 2013.

Closing Night Film

Labor Day, Director Jason Reitman. USA, 2013

Centerpiece Screenings

August: Osage County, Director John Wells. USA, 2013.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Director Justin Chadwick. UK, South Africa, 2013.

Nebraska, Director Alexander Payne. USA, 2013.

Philomena, Director Stephen Frears. UK, 2013.

The Unknown Known, Director Errol Morris. USA, 2013

 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.

Days of Heaven, Director Terrence Malick, USA, 1978

Philadelphia, Director Jonathan Demme. USA, 1993.

The Visitor, Director Giulio Paradisi. USA, Italy, 1979.

Spotlights: Highly-anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the world.  Category Sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine.  

About Time, Director Richard Curtis. UK, 2013.

Alan Partridge, Director Declan Lowney. UK, 2013.

The Art of the Steal, Director Jonathan Sobol. Canada, 2013. US PREMIERE.

The Congress, Director Ari Folman. Israel, Germany, Poland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, 2013

Last Vegas, Director Jon Turteltaub. USA, 2013.

Le Week-end, Director Roger Michell. UK, 2013.

Man of Tai Chi, Director Keanu Reeves. USA, China, 2012.

The Motel Life, Directors Gabriel Polsky, Alan Polsky. USA, 2012.

Masters of Cinema: These new films exemplify the masterful work of world-renowned filmmakers as they continue to thrill and inspire audiences with cutting-edge features. Category Sponsored by Comcast Xfinity.  

Blue is the Warmest Color, Director Abdellatif Kechiche. France, Belgium, Spain, 2013.

Burning Bush, Director Agnieszka Holland. Czech Republic, 2013.

The Immigrant, Director James Gray. USA, 2013.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, Director Stephen Chow. China, 2013.

Like Father, Like Son, Director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan, 2013.

Paradise: Hope, Director Ulrich Seidl. Austria, France, Germany, 2013.

A Touch of Sin, Director Jia Zhang-ke. China, Japan, 2013.

Young & Beautiful, Director François Ozon. France, 2013.

World Narratives: Explore the world through film with this diverse selection of international cinema that features distinct perspectives and images from around the globe. Category Sponsored by Southwest Airlines.   

Before Snowfall, Director Hisham Zaman. Norway, Germany 2013.

Bombay Talkies, Director Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap. India, 2013.

Borgman, Director Alex van Warmerdam. The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, 2013.

Cold Eyes, Director Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo. South Korean, 2013.

Grigris, Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Chad, France, 2013.

Harmony Lessons, Director Emir Baigazin. Kazakhstan, Germany, France, 2013.

Ilo Ilo, Director Anthony Chen. Singapore, 2013.

Miele, Director Valeria Golino. Italy, France, 2013. Sponsored by Discover My Italy.

Mystery Road, Director Ivan Sen. Australia, 2013.

Northwest, Director Michael Noer. Demark, 2013.

Pioneer, Director Erik Skjoldbjærg. Norway, 2013.

Ragnorak, Director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose. Norway, 2013.

Rock the Casbah, Director Yariv Horowitz. Israel, France, 2013.

The Rocket, Director Kim Mordaunt. Australia, 2013.

The Selfish Giant, Director Clio Barnard. UK, 2013.

Tasting Menu, Director Roger Gaul. Spain, Ireland, 2013. Sponsored by Iroko Pharmaceuticals.

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, Director Arvin Chen. Taiwan, 2013.

The Wonders, Director Avi Nesher. Israel, 2013. US PREMIERE.

Contemporary Francophone Cinema: The original language of cinema, French remains the dominant tongue in some the world’s funniest and most daring, sexy and unique films. Stop in for this celebration of films in French from all over the world. Category Sponsored by TV 5 Monde.   

Apaches, Director Thierry de Peretti. France, 2013.

Ernest & Celestine, Director Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner. France 2012.

La Maison de la Radio, Director Nicolas Philibert. France, 2013.

Mary, Queen of Scots, Director Thomas Imbach. Switzerland, France, 2013. US PREMIERE.

Puppy Love, Director Delphine Lehericey, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, 2013. US PREMIERE.

Sarah Prefers To Run, Director Chloé Robichaud. Canada, 2013.

Stranger By the Lake, Director Alain Guiraudie. France, 2013.

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Director Denis Côté. Canada, 2013.

Spanish Language Stories: Offering gripping stories and unique perspectives, these Spanish-language films explore a multitude of subjects ranging from the culturally specific to the universal.  

The German Doctor, Director Lucía Puenzo. Argentina, France, Spain, Norway, 2013.

Gloria, Director Sebastián Lelio. Chile, Spain, 2013.

La Jaula de Oro, Director Diego Quemada-Díez. Mexico, Spain, 2013.

Tanta Agua, Directors Ana Guevara, Leticia Jorge, Uruguay, 2013.

Eastern European Cinema: From the rural towns of Russia to the war-torn streets of Georgia, these films highlight all the brilliant story-telling that the eastern part of Europe has to offer.

Honeymoon, Director Jan Hřebejk, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2013.

In Bloom, Director Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß. Georgia, Germany, France, 2013.

A Long and Happy Life, Director Boris Khlebnikov. Russia, 2013.

The Major, Director Yury Bykov. Russia, 2013.

Mother, I Love You, Director Janis Nords. Latvia, 2013.

American Independents: Featuring powerful new voices in American cinema, these fresh, gritty films explore a variety of subjects through the filmmaker’s uncompromising vision. All films in this series are a part of the “PFF On Us” free ticketing program.  Category Sponsored by 6ABC.  

12 O’Clock Boys, Director Lotfy Nathan. USA 2013.

Awful Nice, Director Todd Sklar. USA, 2013.

Blue Highway, Director Kyle Smith, USA, 2013. SNEAK PREVIEW.

Coherence, Director James Ward Byrkit. USA, 2013.

Mother of George, Director Andrew Dosunmu. USA, 2013.

Greater Filmadelphia: Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this category brings our city and its talent to the big screen. Category Sponsored by PGW

1982, Director Tommy Oliver. USA, 2013. US PREMIERE.

The Discoverers, Director Justin Schwarz. USA, 2013.

Let the Fire Burn, Director Jason Osder. USA, 2013.

McCanick, Director Josh C. Waller. USA, 2013. US PREMIERE.

The Suspect, Director Stuart Connelly. USA, 2013.

Town Hall, Director Sierra Pettengill, Jamila Wignot. USA, 2013.

Documentary Showcase: Comprising the best in documentary filmmaking, these compelling films feature everything from stirring character studies to fascinating looks at current global issues. Category Sponsored by Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.  

Caucus, Director AJ Schnack. USA, 2013.

Documented, Director Jose Antonio Vargas, Ann Lupo. USA, 2013.

God Loves Uganda, Director Roger Ross Williams. USA, 2013.

The Kill Team, Director Dan Krauss. USA, 2013.

Remote Area Medical, Director Jeff Reichert, Farihah Zaman. USA, 2013.

The Short Game, Director Josh Greenbaum. USA, 2013.

We Cause Scenes: The Rise of Improv Everywhere, Director Matt Adams. USA, 2013.

Sight and Soundtrack: Featuring rockumentaries, musician biopics and films that are centered on the unifying power of music. Category Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania and WXPN.  

The Broken Circle Breakdown, Director Felix van Groeningen. Belgium, 2012.

Elaine Strich: Shoot Me, Director Chiemi Karasawa. USA, 2013.

Grand Piano, Director Eugenio Mira. USA, 2013.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax, Director Jeanie Finlay. UK, 2013.

One Chance, Director David Frankel. UK, 2013.

We Are the Best!, Director Lukas Moodysson. Sweden, Denmark, 2013.

The Graveyard Shift: Horror, action, suspense, and the downright weird, these films will keep you awake during the graveyard shift.  

Big Bad Wolves, Director Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales. Israel, 2013.

Blue Ruin, Director Jeremy Saulnier. USA, 2013.

Cheap Thrills, Director E. L. Katz. USA, 2013.

Nothing Bad Can Happen, Director Katrin Gebbe. Germany, 2013.

R100, Director Hitoshi Matsumoto. Japan, 2013.

The Sacrament, Director Ti West. USA, 2013.

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? , Director Sion Sono. Japan, 2013.

Short Films

Alaska is a Drag, Director Shaz Bennet. USA, 2013.

Cicada Princess, Director Mauricio Baiocchi. USA, 2011.

The Captain, Director Nash Edgerton, Spencer Susser. Australia, USA, 2012.

The Cub, Director Riley Stearns. USA, 2012.

Eating Lunch, Director Sanna Lenken. Sweden, 2012.

ECHO, Director Merlin Flügel. Germany, 2012.

The Event, Director Julie Pott. USA, UK, 2012.

Fear of Flying, Director Conor Finnegan. Ireland, 2012.

Fort Greene, Director Jordan Thomas. USA, 2012.

The Globe Collector, Director Summer DeRoche. Australia, 2012.

In Hanford, Director Chris Mars. USA, 2012.

Lapse, Director Jahaira Torres. USA, 2013.

Marcel, King of Tervuren, Director Tom Schroeder, 2012.

Necromonica, Director Kyle Bogart, Cliff Borgart. 2013.

Oh Willy…, Director Marc James Roels, Emma de Swaef. Belgium, France, The Netherlands, 2012.

Old Man, Director Leah Shore. USA, 2012.

Papel Picado, Director Javier Barboza. USA, 2012.

Reindeer, Director Eva Weber. UK, 2011.

The Roper, Director Ewan McNicol. USA, 2012.

RPG OKC, Director Emily Carmichael. USA, 2012.

Safe, Director Byoung-Gon Moon. South Korea, 2013.

Shadow of a Cloud, Director Radu Jude. Romania, 2013.

Social Butterfly, Director Lauren Wolkstein. France, USA 2013.

Tin, Director Brandon Lake. USA, 2013.

Vladimir Putin in Deep Concentration, Director Dana O’Keefe, Sasha Kliment. USA, 2013.

When the Zombies Come, Director Jon Hurst. USA, 2012.

Ticket & Theatre information for the 22nd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival:

Screenings for the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival will take place at the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106), Ritz at the Bourse (400 Ranstead St, Philadelphia, PA 19106), Cinemark (formerly the Rave, 230 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104), Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center (300 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102) and Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102). Tickets will go on-sale for Philadelphia Film Society members on Friday, September 27, and to the general public beginning Tuesday, October 1st.  Tickets may be purchased through the Festival website,, or in-person at the Main Box Office(1425 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102).

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