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24th Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 3-14, 2013

What’s It All About

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, with a line-up of new and celebrated international feature films and documentaries. The festival also includes an annual Gala Awards, which honours the best achievements of the cinematic year. The PSIFF Society that hosts the festival is an art form, which aims to bridge cultures and illuminates the universality of the human experience.

This year’s line-up includes 180 films from 68 countries, including 61 premieres. The premieres will include three world cinema films, 21 North American films and 37 United States’ debuts.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

The opening-night film is the Spanish Foreign Language Oscar submission, Blancanieves, directed by Pablo Berger and featuring Maribel Verdú and Ángela Molina. It is a twist on the Snow White fairytale and is set in 1920s Seville and centres on a female bullfighter.

Closing Film

The closing-night film is a UK film, which is enjoying its US premiere, Song For Marion, directed by Paul Andrew Williams and featuring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. It is about a curmudgeonly pensioner who takes his ailing wife’s place in an unconventional local choir.

Nordic Light Selection

This programme will premiere 20 new films from the Scandinavian and Nordic countries. Films selected include:

• Call Girl (Sweden) – Dir: Mikael Marcimain

• A Caretaker’s Tale (Denmark) – Dir: Katrine Wiedemann

• The Deep (Iceland/Norway) – Dir: Baltasar Kormákur

• Eat Sleep Die (Sweden) – Dir: Gabriela Pichler

• Either Way (Iceland) – Dir: Hafsteinn
Gunnar Sigurdsson                                                   

• A Hijacking (Denmark) – Dir: Tobias  Lindholm

• The Hunt (Denmark) – Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

• The Hypnotist (Sweden) – Dir: Lasse Hallström

• I Belong (Norway) – Dir: Dag Johan Haugerud

• Inuk (Greenland) – Dir: Mike Magidson

Jackpot (Norway) – Dir: Magnus Martens

• King Curling (Norway) – Dir: Ole Endresen

• Kon Tiki (Norway/UK) – Dir: Espen Sandberg, Joachim Ronning

• The Last Sentence (Sweden/Norway) – Dir: Jan Troell

• Purge (Finland/Estonia) – Dir: Antti Jokinen

• Road North (Finland) – Dir: Mika Kaurismäki

• A Royal Affair (Denmark) – Dir: Nikolaj Arcel

• This Life – Some Must Die, So Others Can Live (Denmark) – Dir: Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis

Modern Masters Section

This section features ten films from some of the true auteurs of contemporary cinema. This year, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children featuring an Indian cast comprising Shabana Azmi, Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Nandita Das, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Seema Biswas will be screened. The film is an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s monumental novel.

The rest of the films to be screened under this section are:

• The Angels’ Share (United Kingdom/France/Belgium/Italy) – Dir: Ken Loach

• Dormant Beauty (Italy/France) – Dir: Marco Bellocchio

• Ginger And Rosa (United Kingdom) – Dir: Sally Potter

• Great Expectations (UK/USA) – Dir: Mike Newell

• Goltzius And The Pelican Company (UK/ Netherlands/France/Croatia) – Dir: Peter Greenaway

• Hannah Arendt (Germany) – Dir: Margarethevon Trotta

• The Last Sentence (Sweden/Norway) – Dir: Jan Troell

• Marie Krøyer (Denmark) – Dir: Bille August

• Suicide Shop (France/Canada/Belgium) – Dir: Patrice LeConte

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