The 2022 Philadelphia Film Festival has announced its complete lineup, including the opening night film Inisherin’s Banshees from the documentary directed by Martin McDonagh and Laura Poitras All beauty and bloodshed.
The festival – scheduled to run live from October 19 to October 30 at the Philadelphia Film Center, the newly acquired PFS Bourse Theater and PFS East – will feature more than 130 films from 40 countries for its 31st edition. That includes world premieres of three films, North American premieres of two, and US premieres of two.
“This year’s show is one of our biggest to date, only reinforcing the power of today’s cinema,” said Michael Lerman, Artistic Director & Senior Director of Programming at Michael Lerman. Film Association of Philadelphia, said in a statement. “Not only are we extremely film-quality, we are excited to be able to bring Philadelphia new stories that are bold, diverse and rebellious. With a strong introduction of documentaries as well as thought-provoking narratives, PFF31 truly highlights the urgency of the contemporary world we live in.”
The 2022 event will kick off October 19 with the critically acclaimed Irish drama Inisherin’s Banshees, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in the story of two lifelong friends struggling with the consequences of one person abruptly ending their relationship. The festival will then host the closing screening of Poitras .’s documentary All beauty and bloodshedchronicles the life of famed photographer Nan Goldin and the fall of The Sacklers’ pharmaceutical dynasty, on October 28.
“We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s Festival, as we’re finally back in full swing. More than that, and despite the cliché, we are better than ever. Full theaters, more events, a great Festival lounge space and lots of special guests,” said J. Andrew Greenblatt, CEO & CEO of the Philadelphia Film Society, said in a statement.
Central films include Glass, directed by Rian Johnson and led by Daniel Craig Onion: A Knives Out Mystery; By Noah Baumbach White noise starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig; Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong and Anthony Hopkins star Armageddon time; Sam Mendes’ Light Empire, which stars Olivia Coleman and reunites him with cinematographer Roger Deakins; Chinonye Chukwu’s historical drama Until; and Elegance Bratton’s debut feature Inspection.
Other notable showings include the North American premiere of Rebellionare from Ms. Marvel and Ugly for life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and a special screening of the biopic led by Daniel Radcliffe Strange: The Story of Al Yankovic. Special event screenings include hitting action RRR and 35mm screen of Magic Mike XXL.
This year, the festival – programmed and curated by the Film Society of Philadelphia – returns with a completely live event and expands into a new theater, formerly known as the Ritz East. “Now known as PFS East, we are thrilled to bring this beloved theater, a Festival staple, back to life,” said Greenblatt. “Not only that, between using PFS East and PFS Bourse, we are creating a stronger presence for the Festival across the Old City neighborhoods.”
The full 2022 Philadelphia Film Festival lineup can be found here.