Philadelphia Film Festival Announces Opening Film, Still Holding Back Full Lineup

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If we recall correctly, based on previous editions, we should be getting the full list of film’s for this year’s 22nd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival on Friday — and the fact that tickets for individual screenings go on sale to PFS Members that day tells us we’re probably right — but in order to whet your cinematic appetite, the PFF has announced this year’s opening night film.

Like last year’s opening screening, The Silver Linings Playbook, the kick-off film All Is Lost is likely to be name-dropped frequently around awards season. Featuring an already critically-acclaimed turn from Robert Redford, All Is Lost will begin the festival in the new state-of-the-art Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center on Thursday, October 17 with a scheduled appearance by writer/director J. C. Chandor. Additionally, we know Bruce Dern will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, following a screening of Alexander Payne’s upcoming Nebraska, also at the Perelman two days later. And on top of that, actress Kerry Bishé will receive the Rising Star Award alongside screenings of her films Blue Highway and Grand Piano.

So, that’s four films right there. Which means there’s only about 96 or so still to be announced. We’ll have the full list for you when we know what it is, but if previous years are any indication, it’s going to be comprehensive.