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The Philadelphia Film Society reveals the 29th Philadelphia Film Festival Lineup!

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October 23, 2020 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

90+ films to screen during 11-day event, Friday, October 23 – Monday, November 2, 2020

The ​Philadelphia Film Society​ (​PFS​) is proud to announce the full lineup for the ​29th Philadelphia Film Festival​ (​PFF29​), spanning from October 23​ – ​November 2. Curated from the world’s most prestigious film festivals by PFS’s artistic team, the festival willshowcase 90+ of the year’s most highly anticipated, critically acclaimed, and thought provoking feature length and short films. The full lineup for PFF29 reflects PFS’s dedication to bringing diverse and acclaimed titles to Philadelphia audiences amid the transition away from traditional physical screenings in theaters. 

PFF29 features in-home screenings available through the festival’s digital streaming platform, alongside nightly socially-distanced screenings throughout the 11-day festival at the expanded 2-screen PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard. Alongside the previously announced titles ​”Nomadland​,” from director Chloé Zhao and starring Frances McDormand; and Cannes selection and TIFF premiere ​”Ammonite,” starring KateWinslet and Saoirse Ronan,​​ the PFS Drive-In will also feature a nightly slate totaling over a dozen films, including ​”Black Bear,” starring Aubrey Plaza as an actress-turned-director retreating to a couple’s secluded country home to write her next script​. ​

“40 Years a Prisoner”

The Drive-In will feature powerful documentaries ​”40 Years a Prisoner,” director Tommy Oliver’s chronicling of activist Mike Africa Jr.’s mission to free his parents following their imprisonment as a result of the 1978 police raid on the revolutionary group MOVE’s compound and ​”MLK/FBI,” director Sam Pollard’s captivating examination, using recently declassified files, of the FBI’s extensives urveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The PFS Drive-In will also be the exclusive home of the PFS on Us free ticketing initiative.

The PFS Digital Streaming Platform including 69 films, 39 of which will be available throughoutthe country, and features marquee selections ​”Herself,” Phyllida Lloyd’s powerful film of a young mother’s resolve to build a home after escaping from her abusive husband;​​ “Minari,​​” Lee Isaac Chung’s sweeping Sundance award-winner, which follows the ups and downs of a Korean-American family adjusting to life in rural Arkansas​; and ​”Sound of Metal,” in which​​ Riz Ahmed delivers an stunning performance as a rock drummer coping with the sudden deterioration of his hearing; as well as both four short film programs of 20 new short films.

Programming Note from the Philadelphia Film Society: 

Please visit: and subscribe to our email blasts for all updates regarding PFF29. Join the Philadelphia Film Society and the Festival Programming Team for an inside look at the 29th Philadelphia Film Festival lineup. This is a free event but attendees must reserve a ticket.

Individual tickets to titles available on the the PFS Digital Streaming Platform will be $15, $10 for PFS Members. Individual tickets to Centerpiece films exclusively at the PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard will be $50 a car, $45 a car for PFS members. PFF29 offers 3 pass options for audiences to choose from. The​ Streaming Pass​ ($200) allows festival viewers to watch all PFF29 films and filmmaker talkbacks available on the PFF29 digital platform from the comfort of your own home.

The ​Spotlight All Access Badge​ ($300) available exclusively to PFS members, gives access to both streaming films and the ability to reserves lots for Opening Night, Closing Night, and Centerpiece screenings at the PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard.

The ​Premiere All Access Badge ​($600), available in limited quantity, gives access to all streaming films; a FREE Roku Streaming device, allowing viewers to stream PFF29 films on your TV via the PFF29 customized app, sent to their house; access to Opening Night,Closing Night, and Centerpiece screenings at the PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard; and premium parking at screenings at the PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard.

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