Palm Springs Festival Jammed with Premieres
by Eugene Hernandez
A total of 105 films from 38 countries will screen at the 1998 Palm Springs
Film Festival, January 8 - 19. "The Brides Journey", directed by Sergio
Rubini, will kick off the event and Stefan Schwartz's "Shooting Fish",
featuring Dan Futterman, Kate Beckinsdale and Stuart Townsend, closes the
fest. 8 festival films are world premieres and 41 are United States
premieres. Additionally, 13 movies are Academy Award submissions for the
Best Foreign Language film.
Seven films will be showcased as gala screenings throughout the festival
including, Bruno Barreto's "Four Days In September", Philip Saville's
"Metroland", Radoslaw Piwowarski's "The Dark Side Of Venus", Francesco Rosi's
"The Truce", Isabel Coixet's "Things I Never Told You", Richard Murphy's "Betty",
and Gillies MacKinnon's "Regeneration".
Among the films making their debut in Palm Springs are Tonya Wexler's
"Finding North" (world premiere), Bill Plympton's Sundance competition entry
"I Married A Strange Person" (U.S. premiere), Richard Kwietniowski's "Love And Death On Long Island" (U.S. premiere), and Gary Oldman's "Nil By Mouth" (U.S.
The Palm Springs festival will highlight work from Europe in a special
sidebar dubbed "Wild Wild East." 19 movies from throughout Eastern Europe
will be presented in the section. Finally, a special tribute to Martin
Luther King will offer 5 screenings.
[For more information, visit the festival's official website at