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Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 1-11, 2016
Palm Springs, USA

What’s It All About?

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is entering in its 27th year. Among the most prestigious film festivals in the US, it draws 1,36,000 film-goers and features 180 films from 70 countries including the largest selection of Foreign Language Oscar® submissions of any festival in the country. The festival comprises film screenings, special presentations, tributes and nightly parties, constituting a cosmopolitan experience in world cinema. PSIFF is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honouring the best talent in the film industry. This year’s gala will be hosted by Mary Hart and will honour Matt Damon with the Chairman’s Award.

Indian Connect

PSIFF has shortlisted six Indian films to be screened at the gala. These are: Fly Away Solo (Masaan), Rainbow (Dhanak), Thithi, Umrika, Parched and Zubaan. These films were part of various international film festivals earlier this year. Fly Away Solo or I, as it is popularly known, is a Hindi drama directed by Neeraj Ghaywan. Set in Varanasi, the film has won several awards including the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize in the Un Certain Regard section and a ‘Promising Future’ prize (Prix de l’avenir) for debut films at the Cannes Film Festival.

Watch Out For
Opening Film

The Fencer

Directed by Klaus Härö and written by Anna Heinämaa, The Fencer is a drama film based on the true story of Endel Nelis, an Estonian fencer and coach. The plot revolves around a young Estonian fencer who has fled from the Russian secret police but is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past catches up and presents him with a difficult choice.

New Voices/New Vision


Death By Death


Five Nights In Maine

A Heavy Heart

Home Care

Let Them Come

Our Everyday Life

Paradise Trips

Sleeping Giant


World Cinema

3000 Nights

A Korean in Paris


Belgian Rhapsody

Born to Dance



The Lady In The Van

Liza the Fox-Fairy

On My Mother’s Side

One Floor Below

Fly Away Solo



Virgin Mountain

When A Tree Falls



After Dark


The Invitation

Men & Chicken

Shrew’s Nest

Modern Masters

Cemetery Of Splendour


My Golden Days

My Mother

Our Little Sister

Sunset Song

Sweet Bean

Women He’s Undressed

Talking Pictures

Conversations with the Brightest Talents in Current Cinema

Amy: Director Asif Kapadia

Grandma: Lily Tomlin

The Martian: Matt Damon

Concussion: Will Smith

Closing Night Film

Last Cab To Darwin

This Jeremy Sims-directed Australian comedy drama is based on the 2003 play of the same name by Reg Cribb. The story revolves around Rex (Michael Caton), who is a loner and is told that he doesn’t have long to live. He decides to get euthanised at a clinic for which he embarks on a journey. His journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you’ve got to share it.

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