About a month ago we covered that The Philadelphia Film Society had announced a Film Festival Spring Preview to showcase some movies before the big event in the fall. Recently they announced a lineup of 11 movies to be showcased during the second weekend of April. Here’s a look at what they have in store.
Friday April 9th, 2010
5PM I Am Love
Best Feature Film Winner of the 2010 Boulder International Film Festival. A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love.
7:30PM Looking For Eric
Nominated for the Golden Palm Award at The Cannes Film Festival. Eric Bishop, a middle-aged postman working for the Manchester sorting office, is going through a dreadful crisis. For starters, his second life companion has not resurfaced although she was released from prison a few months ago. He is left alone with two stepsons to look after, which is no bed of roses since the two teens disrespect him and keep disobeying him. To make matters worse, Ryan, the older boy, fascinated by Zac, a dangerous gangster, has accepted to hide his gun in Eric’s house. On the other hand, he is asked by Sam, his student daughter who has a newborn baby,to get back in touch with Lily, his separated wife. Now, Eric left her not long after she gave back to their daughter. As a result Eric panics… Having lost all his bearings, Eric Bishop soliloquizes face to the poster of his idol, another Eric, French footballer Eric Cantona, when the latter appears just like the genie out of Aladdin’s lamp. Through a series of aphorisms peculiar to him, the footballer-philosopher will help remorse-ridden desperate Eric Bishop to get by.
9:45PM The Square
Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray’s moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband’s latest crime. This is their chance: Take the money and run… If only it were that simple.
Saturday April 10th, 2010
Special Jury Prize Winner at the Sundance Film Festival. It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the “Saudi Arabia of natural gas.” Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called “fracking”-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower. Written by Sundance Film Festival
8PM Holy Rollers
Nominated for a Grand Jury Prize Winner at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Inspired by a true story of a young Hasidic man who was lured into the world of international drug trafficking in the late 90s. In Brooklyn, a youth from an Orthodox Jewish community is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israel drug cartel.
10PM The Joneses
“The Joneses”, a social commentary on our consumerist society. Perfect couple Steve and Kate Jones, and their gorgeous teen-aged children Jenn and Mick, are the envy of their posh, suburban neighborhood filled with McMansions and all the trappings of the upper middle class. Kate is the ultimate trend setter – beautiful, sexy, dressed head-to-toe in designer labels. Steve is the admired successful businessman who has it all: a gorgeous wife, big house and an endless supply of high-tech toys. Jenn and Mick rule their new school as they embody all that is hip and trendy – cool clothes, fast cars and the latest gadgets. But as the neighbors try to keep up with the Joneses, none are prepared for the truth about this all- too perfect family.
Sunday April 11th, 2010
3PM His and Hers
A story that combines observation and imagination to illustrate a universal love story. Using his mother’s life as inspiration, the filmmaker has created a film that explores how we share life’s journey with the opposite sex. His and Hers is an investigation into the ordinary to discover the extraordinary. It finds comedy in the mundane, tragedy in the profound and provides an original insight into a life. The hallways, living rooms and kitchens of the Irish Midlands are used as the canvas for the film’s rich tapestry of female characters. The story unfolds sequentially through young to old with a charmingly unabashed array of Irish ladies, and there’s not a man in sight.
5PM The Good, The Bad, and The Weird
The story of three Korean outlaws in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.
7:45PM No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
On Valentine’s Day 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Va., with five high school friends. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson’s young life. A quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson’s young black friends against a group of white patrons. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the teenager-considered by some the nation’s best high school athlete-in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines. Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) returns to his hometown of Hampton, where he once played basketball, to take a personal look at this still-disputed incident and examine its impact on Iverson and the shared community.
PFS Member Ticketing
Thursday, March 25
Free Tickets for All!
Monday, March 29
PFS Members are entitled to 10 tickets to the Spring Preview Festival (no more than 2 per film).
Members are given advance opportunity to reserve their tickets online at www.filmadelphia.org beginning Thursday, March 25.
Premiere Film Society members will receive guaranteed access to all screenings in the Spring Preview without the need for advance reservation.
Tickets will be available for the General Public beginning Monday, March 29.
Non-Members must register an account for the Spring Preview Festival online at www.filmadelphia.org; registered patrons are entitled to 4 tickets to the Spring Preview Festival (no more than 2 per film).
All unclaimed or withheld tickets will be made available to the public day-of-screening; Rush Lines will be formed for each film one hour prior to their showtime at the Prince Music Theater.
Along with the Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview event in April, the Philadelphia Film Society will present the 19th annual Philadelphia Film Festival from October 14 – October 24, 2010. The 19th Philadelphia Film Festival will utilize various venues across Philadelphia, including the Ritz Five and Prince Music Theatre, and will include multiple events, receptions, industry panels and seminars throughout the duration of the festival. Submissions for the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival are now open through Without A Box, and we welcome any filmmaker who previously submitted to the Philadelphia CineFest to submit to the Philadelphia Film Festival for no fee.
For more information about the Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview, Presented by Pennsylvania Hospital in April and the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival in October, please contact the Philadelphia Film Society at 215-253-3599 or email@example.com.