32nd Philadelphia Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is proud to announce the full lineup for the 32nd Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), spanning from October 19 – October 29. This year’s Festival will offer in-person screenings at all PFS venues (Philadelphia Film Center, PFS Bourse Theater, and PFS East).

The program for the 32nd anniversary encompasses an array of extraordinary films spanning numerous genres. The line-up includes the world premiere of STAND UP & SHOUT: SONGS FROM A PHILLY HIGH SCHOOL. Directed by Emmy® winner Amy Schatz and executive produced by Get Lifted Film Co.’s Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning producer Mike Jackson, EGOT recipient John Legend and Emmy® Award-winning producer and CEO of management and social-impact company Friends at Work Ty Stiklorius, the HBO documentary features Hill-Freedman World Academy (HFWA), a Philadelphia public high school, and their program that encourages students to channel their thoughts, feelings, and dreams into an album of electrifying original songs. Taking place on Friday, October 20th, the Film Center will host a Special Event that will include an exclusive Q&A post-premiere hosted by Fox29’s Anchor & Host Alex Holley with director Amy Schatz, executive producers Jackson and Legend of Get Lifted Film Co. The Festival line-up is curated by the PFF programming team who carefully selects each film from multiple international festivals throughout the year.

32nd Philadelphia Film Festival Full Line-Up

Opening Night Film

○    American Fiction, Director Cord Jefferson. 2023, USA.

Closing Night Film

○    Saltburn, Director Emerald Fennell. 2023, United Kingdom.


○    Dream Scenario, Director Kristoffer Borgli. 2023, USA.
○    The Holdovers, Director Alexander Payne. 2023, USA.
○    Maestro, Director Bradley Cooper. 2023, USA.
○    Rustin, Director George C. Wolfe. 2023, USA.
○    Sly, Director Thom Zimny. 2023, USA.

Special Events

○    Art Dealers, Director Roy Power, Director Adam Weiner. 2023, USA.
○    Stand Up & Shout: Songs from a Philly High School, Director Amy Schatz. 2023, USA.

Masters of Cinema

The latest films by a new generation of acclaimed auteurs and established directors who continue to reshape the cinematic landscape.

○    The Book of Solutions, Director Michel Gondry. 2023, France.
○    A Brighter Tomorrow, Director Nanni Moretti. 2023, Italy.
○    Evil Does Not Exist, Director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. 2023, Japan.
○    Fallen Leaves, Director Aki Kaurismäki. 2023, Finland, Germany.
○    Green Border, Director Agnieszka Holland. 2023, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Belgium.
○    In Our Day, Director Hong Sang-soo. 2023, South Korea.
○    Kidnapped, Director Marco Bellocchio. 2023, Italy.
○    Kubi, Director Takeshi Kitano. 2023, Japan.
○    La Chimera, Director Alice Rohrwacher. 2023, Italy.
○    Monster, Director Hirokazu Kore-eda. 2023, Japan.
○    The Old Oak, Director Ken Loach. 2023, United Kingdom, France, Belgium.
○    Perfect Days, Director Wim Wenders. 2023, Japan, Germany.


This year’s highly anticipated titles featuring some of the biggest names in front of and behind the camera.

○    Bucky F*cking Dent, Director David Duchovny. 2023, USA.
○    Eileen, Director William Oldroyd. 2023, USA
○    Fingernails, Director Christos Nikou. 2023, USA.
○    Foe, Director Garth Davis. 2023, Australia.
○    Lousy Carter, Director Bob Byington. 2023, USA.
○    The Promised Land, Director Nikolaj Arcel. 2023, Denmark.

World View

Works that demonstrate the diversity and vitality of contemporary international cinema from some of the globe’s most exciting filmmakers.

○    20,000 Species of Bees, Director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren. 2023, Spain.
○    The Breaking Ice, Director Anthony Chen. 2023, China.
○    Chronicles of a Wandering Saint, Director Tomás Gómez Bustillo. 2023, Argentina, USA.
○    The Delinquents, Director Rodrigo Moreno. 2023, Argentina.
○    Goodbye Julia, Director Mohamed Kordofani. 2023, Sudan, Egypt, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, Sweden.
○    If Only I Could Hibernate, Director Zoljargal Purevdash. 2023, Mongolia, France, Switzerland, Qatar.
○    The Monk and the Gun, Director Pawo Choyning Dorji. 2023, Bhutan, France, USA, Taiwan.
○    Omen, Director Baloji. 2023, Belgium, Netherlands, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
○    The Settlers, Director Felipe Gálvez. 2023, Chile, Argentina.
○    The Teachers’ Lounge, Ílker Çatak. 2023, Germany.
○    Tótem, Director Lila Avilés. 2023, Mexico, Denmark, France.
○    Upon Entry, Director Alejandro Rojas, Director Juan Sebastián Vásquez. 2023, Spain.


Compelling and provocative, these contemporary docs encourage viewers to see the world through a different lens.

○    Art for Everybody, Director Miranda Yousef. 2023, USA.
○    Bad Press, Director Rebecca Landsberry-Baker, Director Joe Peeler. 2023, USA.
○    Break the Game, Director Jane M. Wagner. 2023, USA.
○    Caterpillar, Director Liza Mandelup. 2023, USA.
○    Four Daughters, Director Kaouther Ben Hania. 2023, France, Tunisia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus.
○    Fantastic Machine, Director Axel Danielson, Director Maximilien Van Aertryck. 2023, Sweden, Denmark.
○    Kim’s Video, Director David Redmon, Director Ashley Sabin. 2023, USA, Italy.
○    Silver Dollar Road, Director Raoul Peck. 2023, USA.
○    A Still Small Voice, Director Luke Lorentzen. 2023, USA.
○    Stamped from the Beginning, Director Roger Ross Williams. 2023, USA.
○    Copa 71, Director James Erskine, Rachel Ramsay. 2023, UK.

Cinema de France

Sharing a language with some of cinema’s most revered classics and legendary auteurs, these new films have that certain je ne sais quoi.

○    The (Ex)perience of Love, Director Raphaël Balboni, Director Ann Sirot. 2023, Belgium, France.
○    The Animal Kingdom, Director Thomas Cailley. 2023, France
○    The Taste of Things, Director Trân Anh Hùng. 2023, France.
○    The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan, Director Martin Bourboulon. 2023, France.

This Animated Life

Creating new worlds or transforming our own in imaginative ways, these films show the endless possibilities and future of animation in cinema through varying mediums.

○    Deep Sea, Director Xiaopeng Tian. 2023, China.
○    Robot Dreams, Director Pablo Berger. 2023, Spain, France.
○    They Shot the Piano Player, Director Roger Fernando Treuba, Director Javier Mariscal. 2023, Spain, France.
○    White Plastic Sky, Director Tibor Bánóczki, Director Sarolta Szabó. 2023, Hungary, Slovakia.

Made in USA

Lo-fi gems and new indie classics that offer a fresh perspective on today’s America.

○    All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, Director Raven Jackson. 2023, USA.
○    Fancy Dance, Director Erica Tremblay. 2023, USA.
○    The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed, Director Joanna Arnow. 2023, USA.
○    I Used to Be Funny, Director Ally Pankiw. 2023, USA.
○    Late Bloomers, Director Lisa Steen. 2023, USA.
○    The Sweet East, Director Sean Price Williams. 2023, USA.
○    Smoking Tigers, Director So Young Shelly Yo. 2023, USA.

Green Screen

From animal welfare to the effects of climate change, these thought-provoking films address urgent environmental issues.

○    Between the Rains, Director Andrew H. Brown, Director Moses Thuranira. 2023, Kenya, USA.
○    Food and Country, Director Laura Gabbert. 2023, USA.
○    Razing Liberty Square, Director Katja Esson. 2023, USA.
○    Richland, Director Irene Lusztig. 2023, USA.

Sight & Soundtrack

Featuring rockumentaries, musician biopics, and films centered on the unifying power of music.

○    American Symphony, Director Matthew Heineman. 2023, USA.
○    Going Varsity in Mariachi, Director Sam Osborn, Director Alejandra Vasquez. 2023, USA.
○    It’s Only Life After All, Director Alexandria Bombach. 2023, USA.
○    Pianoforte, Director Jakub Piatek. 2023, Poland, Germany.
○    Scream of My Blood: A Gogol Bordello Story, Director Eric Weinrib, Director Nate Pommer. 2023, USA.


Showcasing the most dynamic and talented voices from the Greater Philadelphia area.

○    Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia, Director Kyra Knox. 2022, USA.
○    Bravo, Burkina!, Director Walé Oyéjidé. 2023, Burkina Faso, Italy.
○    Chestnut, Director Jac Cron. 2023, USA.
○    I Think I’m Sick, Director Danny Gevirtz. 2023, USA.
○    This Closeness, Director Kit Zauhar. 2023, USA.

After Hours

Bringing together the odd, eerie, thrilling, and downright weird, this is the home of cult classics in the making.

○    Infested, Director Sébastien Vanicek. 2023, France.
○    Late Night with the Devil, Director Colin Cairnes, Director Cameron Cairnes. 2023, USA, Australia, UAE.
○    Red Rooms, Director Pascal Plante. 2023, Canada.
○    Riddle of Fire, Director Weston Razooli. 2023, USA.
○    Sleep, Director Jason Yu. 2023, South Korea.
○    Raging Grace, Director Paris Zarcilla. 2023, USA.

From the Vaults

Film classics come alive as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen!

○    Farewell My Concubine, Director Chen Kaige. 1992, China, Hong Kong. Newly restored 4K.
○    Playtime, Director Jacques Tati. 1967, France. Presented in 35MM, Part of PFS’ Sight and Sound 100 series.
○    The Searchers, Director John Ford. 1956, USA. Presented in 35MM, Part of PFS’ Sight and Sound 100 series.
○    Seven Samurai, Director Akira Kurosawa. 1954, Japan. Presented in 35MM, Part of PFS’ Sight and Sound 100 series.
○    To Live and Die in L.A., Director William Friedkin. 1985, USA. In memory of William Friedkin.


○    27, Director Flóra Anna Buda.
○    A Kind of Testament, Director Stephen Vuillemin.
○    Between Earth & Sky, Director Andrew Nadkarni.
○    The Big Idea: Birth Without Bias, Director Sarah Klein, Director Tom Mason.
○    Blue Square Heart, Director William Means.
○    Breaking Silence, Director Amy Bench, Director Annie Silverstein.
○    Dog Apartment, Director Priit Tender.
○    Every House is Haunted, Director Bryce McGuire.
○    Fár, Director Gunner Martinsdóttir Schlüter.
○    Fuck Me, Richard, Director Lucy McKendrick, Director Charlie Polinger.
○    The Herp, Director Fern Poppy.
○    It Turns Blue, Director Shadi Karamroudi.
○    La Perra, Director Carla Melo.
○    Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó, Director Sean Wang.
○    Nothing Left Undone: The Art of G, Director Matthew Ober.
○    Nun or Never!, Director Heta Jäälinoja.
○    Our Uniform, Director Yegane Moghaddam.
○    Padre, Director M.L. Post.
○    Primetime Mother, Director Sonny Calvento.
○    Puffling, Director Jessica Bishopp.
○    Street of Dreams, Director Alexander Paul Biscardi.
○    Tripping, Director Amelia Xanthe Boscov.
○    Untitled Floating Mom Short, Director Aidan Guynes.
○    When You Left Me on That Boulevard, Director Kayla Abuda Galang.
○    The World Takes, Director Tommy Butler.
○    The Miracle, Director Nienke Deutz.

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