...and that's great news for Philly film fans, who will be able to feast on 139 films from 40 countries around the world over 11 days, starting today, at the eighth annual Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, presented by International House.
This year's festival features a special "Spotlight on Loach" - a tribute to renowned British filmmaker Ken Loach, who is known for his revolutionary use of documentary techniques in his feature films about working-class Britain. While the Loach retrospective focuses mainly on his earlier and less-widely-shown works, such as "Cathy Come Home" (1966), it also includes his most recent and most commercially successful film, "My Name Is Joe" (1998, photo).
Other festival highlights include:
The winner of this year's "Set in Philadelphia" screenwriting competition will be announced on opening night.
New media seminars, a special midnight screening series, and panel discussions with young screenwriters and film financiers, plus special collaborations with other area cultural institutions (see "Big fun for kids of all ages"), round out this year's biggest-ever festival.
Originally published on April 29, 1999