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Palm Springs Gets Worldly With Lineup for 15th Festival

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire December 22, 2003 at 2:0AM

Palm Springs Gets Worldly With Lineup for 15th Festival
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Palm Springs Gets Worldly With Lineup for 15th Festival

by Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE



Ewan McGregor in a scene from Tim Burton's "Big Fish," which will
screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Image courtesy of the Palm Springs International Film Festival.


The 15th-annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which will run January 8-19, has announced its lineup of 200 films from more than 60 countries. This roster includes 69 world and U.S. premieres; also notable is that 52 of the 56 foreign language Oscar submissions will be screened in Palm Springs. Those will include "Osama" (Afghanistan), "Sexual Dependency" (Bolivia), "Good Bye, Lenin!" (Germany), "The Story of the Weeping Camel" (Mongolia), "The Return" (Russia), and dozens more.

In the gala section, there will be six selections, including fest opener "Big Fish" by Tim Burton and closing night film "The Boys From County Clare," by John Irwin. "Big Fish" producer Richard D. Zanuck will be honored at the Festival's awards gala on January 11, along with the film's composer
Danny Elfman.

Other sections include New Voices/New Visions (directorial debuts), IberoAmerican Currents (Latin cinema), World Cinema Now, Documentary, and Oscar Buzz. The Oscar Buzz doc lineup includes "The Fog of War," "My Flesh and Blood," "My Architect," "The Weather Underground," "The Agronomist" and others.

The Festival will also screen 28 French films selected in part by new Festival programmer Marie-Pierre Macia, who previously served as the artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival Director's Fortnight.

Carl Spence, Palm Springs' new director of programming, said in a prepared statement, "We strived to create programs that reflect the current and best trends in cinema from around the world. We feel that these programs will feature the most talked about films in the industry, especially those from the IberoAmerican program, which showcases some of the best work coming out of Latin Cinema."

For more information, visit www.psfilmfest.org.