Arts

International House Philadelphia is renowned for presenting international, avant-garde and repertory cinema and a  wide variety of distinctive arts programming to the Philadelphia community. As an integral part of IHP's history, programs at International House are offered year-round, and include artistically significant and socially relevant film screenings, exhibits, lectures, and live performances. To see upcoming programs, take a look at our event calendar.



The regularly occurring film programs that are screened in our state-of-the-art Ibrahim Theater, are generally grouped into one of the below categories, though there are plenty of screenings that fall outside of these series headers. 

Archive Fever! 

Central to our visual culture, the archive is a repository for any personal memories, shared histories, objects, and documents through which we revisit the history of our time. In this series, we explore the myriad ways in which the archive, archival, and found materials are central to the work of film and video artists who are discovering the dynamic possibilities found within archives.

CITYSCAPES: THE VIENNA THAT NEVER WAS

“The Vienna that never was, is the greatest city in the world” - Orson Welles


Vienna in the cinema has most often been represented as a fantasy based on the imperial city it was in the era of the ‘fin de siècle’, when traditional social, moral, and artistic values were all in transition. This IHP series will attempt to explore the city of Vienna as a city both real and mythic within the history of cinema.

The series ‘The Vienna that never was …’ will feature works representing the late 19th to the early 21st centuries, from the historical and romanticized images of Vienna to a noir-tinged Cold War narrative, to the present-day artistic experimentations within the avant-garde, to cinematic masterworks, to rediscoveries of old fictions and nonfictions, as well as a rich selection of newsreels, actualités, and home movies.


DIRECTORS IN FOCUS

Each Directors in Focus series features the films of a highly accomplished director whose work has had a major impact on cinematic history. Many times the director's films have received extensive national and international exhibition, and have won film awards from around the world, though featured works may also be masterpieces that are often overlooked. Past Directors in Focus have been: John Akomfrah, Peter Rose, Robert Bresson, Joseph Strick, Atom Egoyan. Nicholas Ray, and Jacues Rivette.

Family Matinees

IHP is now entertaining families when we open the doors to all ages for our series of family friendly matinees, two Saturdays every month at 2pm. The series brings the big screen to children, inspiring their imaginations-- and yours, too! Don’t miss this opportunity to encourage a love of film and art from a young age. Film-goers of all ages will delight in this carefully curated selection of inspired cinema from around the world. With a diverse line-up of programming geared towards children, teens, parents, and grandparents, there is no reason to leave anyone at home! Support provided in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

THE JANUS COLLECTION

Truly one of our national treasures, Janus Films is a vital part of American film culture. International House continues the Janus Collection with titles from their library, all in brand new or restored 35mm prints.


Motion Pictures

Motion Pictures is a monthly series that focuses on different movements in film culture such as science fiction, city symphonies, and New German Cinema. It has previously featured the films of Georges Méliès, John Ford, Preston Sturges, and Andrei Tarkovsky.


For more information on programs at International House, or to be considered for Gallery openings, please contact programs@ihphilly.org.

box office


215-387-5125, press 2

FOR FILMS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY IHP, THE BOX OFFICE IS GENERALLY OPEN FROM ONE HOUR BEFORE UNTIL ONE HOUR AFTER THE STARTING TIME OF A TICKETED EVENT.  (FOR DOUBLE-FEATURES, IT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE SECOND FEATURE STARTS.) IT WILL TYPICALLY NOT BE OPEN DURING FREE ADMISSION EVENTS.