Sunday, April 19, 2015

Philly Film Fest to open with Redford... plus new Streep, Winslet and Dench titles

The 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival, running Oct. 17-27, lands the much-buzzed "All Is Lost" - a survival story on the high seas starring Robert Redford - for its opening night entry.

Philly Film Fest to open with Redford… plus new Streep, Winslet and Dench titles

All is not lost: The folks behind the Philadelphia Film Festival have scored a bunch of programming coups for the soon-coming fest, not the least of which is nabbing the much-buzzed All Is Lost for its opening night gala premiere. Written and directed by J. C. Chandor, the film stars Robert Redford as a yachtsman soloing across the Indian Ocean. A violent storm hits – and so did a storm of accolades for the picture, and for the veteran star’s performance, when All Is Lost screened late last month at Telluride. Chandor will be on hand for the PFF event, at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center.

Also on tap for PFF22 – the dates are Oct. 17-27, and the complete schedule will be available Friday afternoon – are:

August: Osage County, the screen adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer prize-winning family saga, with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor and Abigail Breslin.

Alexander Payne’s The Descendants followup, Nebraska, with Bruce Dern making waves across the Cornhusker State.

Labor Day, with Kate Winslet as a single mom whose sad, quiet world is interrupted by a visit from a handy-around-the-house escaped con, played by Josh Brolin.

And Philomena, a surprisingly pointed, poignant two-hander, with Judi Dench as an elderly Irishwoman looking for the son she long ago was forced to give up for adoption. Steve Coogan, playing one of those crabby, self-absorbed guys he excels at, is a journalist who accompanies her on her quest. Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons) directs.

Check the fest website,, for complete info and updates.

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