– The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced that the festival’s opening night will be the World Premiere screening of “The Sense of an Ending,” directed by Ritesh Batra on Thursday, January 5. The festival will close with “The Comedian,” directed by Taylor Hackford on Sunday, January 15. The Festival will screen 190 films from 72 countries, including 58 premieres (9 World, 5 International, 20 North American and 24 U.S.) from January 2 – 16, 2017.
The complete line-up including a focus on cinema from Poland, Premieres, New Voices/New Visions competition, Modern Masters, True Stories, After Dark and more were also announced, in addition to the Awards Buzz program released last week.
Highlights include “The Beautiful Fantastic,” “Julie and the Shoe Factory,” “Bad Influence,” “The Day Will Come,” “Tommy’s Honour,” “When We Rise,” “Ma’ Rosa,” “A United Kingdom,” “Zoology,” “Frantz,” “I Am Not Madame Bovary,” “A Quiet Passion,” “Personal Shopper,” “I Am Not Your Negro” and “The Girl With All the Gifts.” You can check out the full lineup right here.
– New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to announce the lineup for the First Look Festival, its annual showcase for groundbreaking new moving-image art. The sixth edition of the Festival, which runs January 6 – 16, 2017, consists of films, a video game, and virtual reality experiences from more than twenty countries. The festival focuses on works that expand the art form, and nearly all of them are New York premieres.
The Opening Night presentation will be the New York premiere of “After the Storm,” the latest from Hirokazu Kore-eda, a film that establishes a style and tone all its own, alighting on comedy, family drama, and shaggy-dog noir. The screening will be followed by an opening night reception. You can check out the full lineup right here.
Honors and Tributes
– PSIFF has also announced that it will present Annette Bening with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Film Awards Gala for her work in “20th Century Women.” For her role in the film, Bening received Best Actress nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Golden Globes, Gotham Awards and Independent Film Spirit Awards.
Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Lynn Redgrave.
– PSIFF will also present Amy Adams with the Chairman’s Award for her performance in “Arrival” at its annual Film Awards Gala. Adams received the Spotlight Award in 2009 for her performance in “Doubt,” going on to receive an Academy Award nomination. She also garnered the Ensemble Performance Award for “American Hustle” in 2014.
Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.
Previously announced honorees attending the 2017 Film Awards Gala are Casey Affleck, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Negga, the cast of “Hidden Figures” including Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons, and the cast of “La La Land,” including Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and director Damien Chazelle. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
– The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced that Isabelle Huppert will receive their prestigious Montecito Award for her critically acclaimed role in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle.” Given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film, the award will be presented to her at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the historic Arlington Theater.
The Montecito Award is named after one of the most beautiful and stylish areas in Santa Barbara. Past recipients include Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.
– The first International Film Festival & Awards Macao drew to a successful finale earlier this week. The awards for films in Official Competition were decided by an international jury comprising of Jury President Shekhar Kapur and jury members Jung Woo-Sung, Stanley Kwan, Makiko Watanabe and Giovanna Fulvi.
“The Winter” took the Best Film Award, presented by Shekhar Kapur and Academy-Award winning director Tom McCarthy, competing in a line-up of 12 films in Official Competition. The Eye of the Audience Macao Audience Choice Award was presented to “Sisterhood” by actress Josie Ho and IFFAM Talent Ambassador Rhydian Vaughan. As previously announced, the smash hit “Train to Busan” received Variety’s Asian Blockbuster Film 2016 Award.
Director Feng Xiaogang was presented with the Career Achievement Award by Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR Government Mr. Alexis Tam. The MFTPA Special Award for Contribution to Chinese Film was presented to IFFAM special advisor and film producer Yu Dong, by President of MFTPA Mr. Alvin Chau. Both honorees were selected for outstanding achievements in their fields.
– The Jury of the 16th edition of the International Festival of Marrakech Film — chaired by Béla Tarr and including Lisandro Alonso, Bille August, Jason Clarke, Suzanne Clément, Bruno Dumont, Kalki Koechlin, Fatima Harandi “Raouya” and Jasmine Trinca — awarded their own prizes earlier this week.
The festival grand prize went to Juan Zeng Zhe’s “The Donor,” with the jury prize going to “Mister Universo” from Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel. Other winners included “Knife in the Clear Water,” “Parting” and “Heartstone.”