Philadelphia Film Festival Unveils 2020 Lineup (Exclusive)

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The festival plans virtual and drive-in screenings for award-winning titles like Chloe Zhao's 'Nomadland' and Francis Lee's 'Ammonite.'

The Philadelphia Film Festival has unveiled its 2020 film lineup for an Oct. 23 to Nov. 2 event set to stream movies and feature nightly drive-in screenings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 29th edition will feature screenings at the two-screen Philadelphia Film Society Drive-In at the Navy Yard for Chloe Zhao's Venice and Toronto award winner Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand; Frances Lee's Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; Lawrence Michael Levine's Black Bear, featuring Aubrey Plaza; director Tommy Oliver's 40 Years a Prisoner; and MLK / FBI, Sam Pollard’s documentary about the FBI’s surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

As elsewhere across North America, with marquee events like the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, Philadelphia has embraced a slate of digital and drive-in film screenings, rather than in-theater galas, to salvage a 2020 edition amid the pandemic.

The 11-day festival, organized by the Philadelphia Film Society, will also give drive-in play for Todd Chandler's Bulletproof; Sonia Kennebeck's Enemies of the State; Jean-Cosme Delaloye's Harley; Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt's No Ordinary Man; Patricia Delgado's La Leyenda Negra; and Steven Kostanski's PG (Psycho Goreman).

The Philadelphia fest also plans digital streams of film titles like Pablo Larrain's Ema; Max Strand's Goodbye Honey; Chad Hartigan's Little Fish; Alex Winter's Zappa; and David Osit's Mayor.

The festival's digital platform plans streaming play for in all 69 films, 39 of which will be available throughout the country.

A full list of Philadelphia Film Festival titles is available on the 2020 edition's official website.