The 22nd annual Palm Spring International Film Festival – which launches on January 6 with Francois Ozon’s Gallic farce “Potiche,” and wraps on January 16 with Justin Chadwick’s drama “The First Grader” – has released the full slate of films on its docket. In all, this year’s edition will be made up of 193 films from 68 countries, including 59 premieres, nine of which are world ones.
Included among the nine is Harold Guskin’s “Down the Shore,” starring James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen, Dereck Joubert’s documentary “The Last Lions” narrated by Jeremy Irons, and Peter Antonijevic’s “Little Murder,” which stars Terrence Howard and Josh Lucas.
The festival will also feature two Gala screenings and four Special Presentations this year. Peter’s Weir’s “The Way Back” will screen as an Australian Gala, Max Winkler’s comedy “Ceremony” starring Uma Thurman will serve as the Mid-Festival Gala, while Ferzan Ozpetek’s farce “Loose Cannons” and Daniel Beahm’s musical “Leading Ladies” will each play as Gay!La (His) & (Hers) screenings.
Commenting on the selection of films Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said in a statement, “Our film line-up is particularly strong this year, highlighting a bracing blend of established and newly emerging talents, as well as a wealth of provocative new work springing from nascent international film production hubs. There’s a notable emphasis on personal vision, rather than films that utilize genre conventions or stereotyped characters.”
For more information on the festival and to see the full lineup visit their site.