The 20th Philadelphia Film Festival will open on October 20 with Like Crazy, Drake Doremus' award-winning feature about young lovers who encounter via problems. Though the 15-day festival officially ends November 3, its closing night gala is The Descendants, Alexander Payne's tack-sharp comedy with George Clooney as a fuddled father reconnecting with his children.
Other highlights of the Festival include two movies about moviemaking, Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn (starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe) and Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, a Cannes favorite, a black-and-white silent film set at the dawn of talkies.
Other gala screenings in the cinextravaganza including 120 features are Butter, Jim Field's Smith satire set in the competitive world of butter carving, and Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Jay and Mark Duplass' comedy about family dynamics.
Masters of Cinema, a festival within the festival, highlights new films from David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method), Lars von Trier (Melancholia) and Chen Kaige (The Sacrifice). PFF will spotlight new films from France and Spain.
Though Jonathan Demme will accompany his hurricane Katrina documentary, I'm Carolyn Parker and Peter Berg will come for a revival of Friday Night Lights, the biggest star announced so far is Elmo, star of Constance Marks' Being Elmo.
PFF includes a sports-movie sidebar, including documentaries about two boxers who went toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali: The Real Rocky, about Chuck Wepner, the guy who inspired the character of Rocky Balboa, and Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears.
PFF will post a complete schedule tomorrow on its website,
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