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Eleven days, dozens of films, and 25,000 film buffs. This is the Philadelphia Film Festival, by the numbers. Each fall, the festival takes over the Roxy Theater and the Philadelphia Film Center to screen powerful flicks from across the globe. This year, the Philadelphia Film Festival will celebrate its 28th birthday when it returns to town from October 17th to the 27th.

As always, the lineup of films includes a varied mix of films from France, Spain, and Latin America, right alongside pieces crafted by American indie filmmakers—some of them based right here in Pennsylvania. So you might see a few faces you recognize, or the entire cast (and language of the film) could be entirely new to you. Panels with the actors and directors help to add another dimension to the films themselves. Tickets to regular screenings start at $8 for matinees.