The Philadelphia Latino Film Festival first launched in 2012 and quickly became one of the most vibrant events in town. Originally called the Latin American Film Festival, it changed its name to better reflect submissions that started coming in from filmmakers both stateside and in the Latino community worldwide. This year, it will bring dozens of feature films, shorts, and documentaries to the Kimmel Center and the University of the Arts from June 2 through 4. Individual tickets are $12 to $15, while festival passes go for anywhere between $30 and $75 (check online for full info). It doesn’t look like the program has been posted online yet, so keep your eyes open.
‘The owls are not what they seem’
Perhaps no TV reboot is more anticipated this year than the return of Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s supernatural murder-mystery set in small-town Washington State that famously ran for only two seasons in the early ’90s — yet captured the imaginations of millions of diehard fans. To celebrate, the Prince will show Lynch’s film based on the series, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, on May 20. Tickets cost $12.
Not to be outdone, PhilaMOCA will host two screenings of the original theatrical cut of Fire Walk With Me, surely pleasing Lynch cultists and completists, on June 19 and 20. This one has a three-and-a-half-hour runtime, so hit the bathroom before the opening credits. Admission costs $10.
Sex and sci-fi
French director Abdellatif Kechiche came out with Blue Is the Warmest Color, a sensual, melancholy coming-of-age tale about a sprawling lesbian romance, in 2013. Much of the press coverage at the time focused on criticisms by Julie Maroh, author of the graphic novel on which the film is based, who alleged that the sexual relationship on screen was exploitative and untrue to life. Nonetheless, the film is a majestic exploration of human desire. Catch it at the Roxy Theater for free (or for a donation of your choice) on June 13.
Fans of dystopian essentials like 1984, Brave New World, and the young adult classic The Giver would do well to see Logan’s Run, a 1976 MGM epic loosely based on the sci-fi novel of the same name. Set some 200 years in the future, the film imagines a society that kills off its people once they reach age 30, offering them plenty of earthly pleasures during their brief lifespans and deceiving them with the promise of rejuvenation. The Trocadero will screen Logan’s Run on May 15 as part of its $3 Movie Mondays series.