The world comes to Philly


For its tenth anniversary, the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema has broadened its horizons.

For starters, there are more films — 200 in all, from 40 countries around the world. And there’s more variety — in addition to the festival’s themed programs, “Action Asia,” “New Iranian Cinema,” “Latin American Cinema Now,” “Eastern European New Wave” and “Danger After Dark,” and the annual Festival of Independents, Hollywood old and new is represented this year, the old in the form of Buster Keaton’s 1927 silent film “The General” and the new in the form of the comedy-drama “Dinner Rush,” introduced by its star, Danny Aiello, and the new Morgan Freeman thriller “Along Came a Spider.”

Freeman (photo) will also be honored with the festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award at an April 29 ceremony at the Annenberg Center, the festival’s home base.


PHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL OF WORLD CINEMA: April 26 through May 7 at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.; International House, 3701 Chestnut St.; the Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.; and the Ritz Five, Ritz at the Bourse and Ritz East theaters in Old City. Tickets $7.50 each for evening screenings, $6 for matinees; discount ticket packages available. Tickets/info: or 215-735-7887.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center. Reception follows at the Inn at Penn, 3611 Walnut St. Tickets for ceremony and screening $7.50, for reception $50.

Originally published on April 19, 2001