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29th Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2018

The 29th Palm Springs International Film Festival will take place from January 2 to 15, 2018. It is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming over 1,35,000 attendees each year for its line-up of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.

The festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, honouring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents. Produced by the Palm Springs International Film Society, the festival offers 14 days of events and film screenings featuring over 180 films.

INDIAN CONNECT

The Brawler (Mukkabaaz)

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, The Brawler is about Shravan, a lower-class boxer, who falls in love with the high-caste niece of a ruthless gangster. It will take all of Shravan’s ingenuity and determination to rise above the injustices that keep underdogs like him down, in this action-packed, romantic ride based on true events.

Beyond The Clouds

Directed by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi, Beyond The Clouds brings a powerful outsider’s perspective to this visually stunning story about the undying spirit of two siblings in Mumbai. Hiding her teenage brother Amir from the police lands Tara in jail, with Amir as her only hope of freedom.

Newton

Directed by Amit V Masurkar, Newton is a gentle farce about an idealistic Indian election officer who is sent into the beautiful jungles of Chhattisgarh to collect a measly 76 votes. Regardless of local distress and threats of ambush from communist guerillas, he is naively determined to uphold the election process in the world’s largest democracy.

Love And Shukla

Directed by Siddhartha Jatla, Love And Shukla is about Shukla, a rickshaw driver from a ruined Brahmin family who is intent on making his new wife happy. But without any privacy in the family home, it will take all of this newlywed’s creativity and determination to bring a smile to the lovely face of his shy bride.

OPENING NIGHT

The Post

Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Post is a rousing, knuckle-biting account of the publication of the Pentagon Papers, where Meryl Streep stars as The Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee, as they take on the might of Nixon’s White House.

WATCH OUT FOR

Talking Pictures

  • BPM (Beats Per Minute)
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • The Disaster Artist
  • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
  • Last Flag Flying
  • The Lost City of Z
  • The Square
  • Stronger
  • Thelma

Special Presentations

  • In the Fade
  • Nostalgia
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Polka King

CLOSING NIGHT

The Last Movie Star

Directed by Adam Rifkin, this film revolves around an invitation from a film festival to an elderly movie star who takes a trip down memory lane that stirs his long-dormant heart. An octogenarian, Burt Reynolds shares scenes with his ’70s-era self and delivers a resonant performance in this poignant, often funny drama.

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