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The 25th annual Philadelphia Film Festival rolls into town again from March 30 through April 11 and takes up residence in three venues in University City: The Bridge (4012 Walnut St.), The Cinema at Penn (3925 Walnut St.) and International House (3701 Chestnut St.). Here’s just a sampling of the films in the neighborhood. For an entire list of citywide events and screenings, go to

  • FRIDAY, MARCH 31: Filmmakers got 2 days to shoot a short film with random prop assignments, genres and a line of dialogue. See the results in the “48 Hour Film Project.” 9:30 p.m. at I-House.
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 1: The film, “Boy Called Twist,” is a South African adaptation of the Dickens classic “Oliver Twist.” 4:45 p.m. at The Cinema.
  • SUNDAY, APRIL 2: Kris Kristofferson stars in “Disappearances,” a magical realist tale of a father and son in prohibition-era Vermont. 12:15 p.m. at The Bridge.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 3: Mexico’s Oscar submission, “On the Other Side,” is about three children who share the loss of their fathers. 7:30 p.m. at The Bridge.
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 4: The program of short films, “Philadelphia ‘Freedom’ and Other Myths” explores the many perspectives on truth. 7 p.m. at I-House.
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5: The deadpan Belgian comedy, “Iceberg,” uses a minimum of language and plenty of slapstick. 12:15 p.m. at The Bridge.
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 6: Get the real story of the 2003 mayoral election in Philadelphia in “Shame of a City.” 5 p.m. at The Cinema.
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 7: “Sweet Land” (see above) is an emotionally powerful love story from first-time director Ail Selim. Noon at The Bridge.
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 8: The Brothers Quay present “The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes,” a surreal, eerie dream-poem. 9:45 p.m. at The Bridge.
  • SUNDAY, APRIL 9: Bring the kids to “Casi Casi,” a Spanish-language comedy about a boy who tries to lose the student council election to get the girl of his dreams. 4:15 p.m. at I-House.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 10: The inspiring documentary “Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make a Joyful Noise Here)” is about this quirky group’s distinct music and faith. 7 p.m. at The Cinema.
  • TUESDAY, APRIL 11: Festival favorites screen at The Bridge and The Cinema.

Originally published on March 30, 2006