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Palm Springs Film Festival

January 3-14, 2014

Palm Springs, US

What’s It All About?

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America. This year, the fest will be celebrating its silver jubilee.

It is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honouring the best achievements of the filmic year by talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.

This year, the fest will present 45 of the 76 official submissions for Best Foreign Language Oscar nominations while placing a special emphasis on Canadian films.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film:

Belle

Directed by Amma Asante, this comedy is based on the true life of a mixed-race girl living in 18th-century London raised as an aristocrat. It features newcomer Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson.

Special Awards

The fest will present Bruce Dern with the Career Achievement Award while Oscar-winner and Gravity film star Sandra Bullock will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress. Matthew McConaughey will receive the Desert Palm award for actors. Meryl Streep will be awarded with the Icon Award.

The cast of David O Russell’s fictional film American Hustle will be feted at the Awards Gala. The Ensemble Performance Award celebrates the film’s cast, which includes Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

Awards Buzz Section

This section is selected by festival programmers as the strongest entries in this year’s Academy Awards race. Some of the films to be showcased include:

• The German Doctor

• The Rocket

• The Wall

• The Broken Circle Breakdown

• The Missing Picture

• Gabrielle

• Gloria

• Back To 1942

• Halima’s Path

• The Hunt

• Winter Of Discontent

• Disciple

• Renoir

• In Bloom

Spotlight on Canada Cinema:

This year’s special focus on a country or region of the world making extraordinary strides in cinema is Canada and some of the films to be presented are:

• The Auction

• Empire Of Dirt

• Enemy

• Gabrielle

• Gerontophilia

• The Grand Seduction

• The Manor

• The Patch Town

• Siddharth

• Stay

Modern Masters

This section features 10 films from international directors who set the standards for contemporary cinema. Films to be screened include:

• Burning Bush

• The Last Of The Unjust

• Like Father, Like Son

• The Priest’s Children

• One Of A Kind

• The Unknown Known

• The Wind Rises

• The Wonders

Closing Film:

Le Week-End

Directed by Roger Michell the film features Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent and will close the fest.

 

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