DAILY NEWS: Sante Fe Festival Lineup; "Chicago" in Palm Springs; and "Left of Center" Films
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE with an article by
>> Santa Fe Fest To Present 130 Films From 17 Countries
(indieWIRE: 11.18.02) -- The third-annual Santa Fe Film Festival will
present more than 20 U.S. or Southwestern premieres from December 4-8 in New
Mexico, organizers announced. In total, the emerging festival will screen
more than 130 films from 17 countries.
The festival opens with the dual screenings of Todd Loiuso's "Love Liza"
starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as a web designer coping with his wife's
unexpected suicide and Phillip Noyce's "Rabbit-Proof Fence," based on the
true story of three aboriginal girls who escape domestic training in 1931
and return to their hometown by following the 1500-mile rabbit-proof fence
across Australia. That film has already garnered the audience awards at
Edinburgh and Aspen.
Among the international imports making their Southwestern debuts will be
Thai feature "Blissfully Yours," the Un Certain Regard winner at Cannes
about the forbidden love between a Thai woman and a Burmese refugee, Cannes
best director Im Kwon-taek's "Chihwaseon," the story of 19th-century Korean painter Jang Seung-up, and "Every Stewardess Goes to Heaven," Argentine Daniel Burman's romantic comedy about two suicidal strangers who meet at the Beagle Channel, the horizon-less end of the world.
The festival will also premiere several documentaries including "The Fish
that Time Forgot," about the rediscovery of a 200-million-year-old species
off the coast of Madagascar, and "Little Loudes," a portrait of life in the
northern New Mexican village of Chimayo. [Christopher Henderson]
[For more information, visit the fest website at
>> "Chicago" to Have Gala Pre-Screening in Palm Springs
(indieWIRE: 11.18.02) -- Miramax's hotly anticipated film "Chicago,"
directed by Rob Marshall, will have a gala pre-release screening during an
early kick off event for the 14th-annual Palm Springs International Film
Festival on December 19. "Chicago" is the film adaptation of Bob Fosse's
1975 Tony-winning Broadway musical. The story focuses on two women who
ruthlessly compete against one another in pursuit of notoriety.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place this year from
January 9 to 20 in the famed desert resort town. Prior to the screening, the
full schedule of films and events for the festival will be announced and
celebrated costume designer Colleen Atwood, who created the clothes for
"Chicago, will be honored be given the Jean Luis Award for achievement in
The fest's 70,000 attendees will be treated to screenings of all the films
submitted for consideration for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award.
Additional themed sections of the festival include Gay and Lesbian, Jewish,
and an inaugural section spotlighting Bollywood. [Brian Brooks]
>> IFP/NY Launches "Left of Center" Series
(indieWIRE: 11.18.02) -- IFP/New York is launching the new "Left of Center"
series tonight in New York City with screenings at Makor. The evening
screenings, through Thursday, will include a Q & A and reception following
Set to screen are Anastasia Lapsui & Markku Lehmuskallio's "Seven
Songs from The Tundra," which screened at the Toronto and Rotterdam
film festivals, in 2001, JT Petty's "Soft For Digging," which debuted at
Sundance this year, Athina Rachel Tsangari's "The Slow Business of
Going" from this year's New York Underground Film Festival and Calum Grant
& Joshua Atesh Litle's "Ever Since the World Ended" from last year's
IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]
[For tickets, please visit: www.makor.org]