'Last Station' to open Palm Springs fest

'Lightkeepers' set to serve as closing-night film

Michael Hoffman's "The Last Station," a portrait of Leo Tolstoy and his wife, will kick off the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival, which runs Jan. 7-17.

Daniel Adams' "The Lightkeepers," starring Richard Dreyfuss, will serve as the closing-night film.

James McAvoy, who stars in "Station" with Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, will attend the opening night, and Dreyfuss and his co-star Blythe Danner will be on hand for the close.

The fest has lined up 189 films from 70 countries. "Our film lineup this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema," festival director Darryl Macdonald said. "Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage."

The fest will present the world premieres of "Dark Resonance," "Dumbstruck," "Expecting Mary," "Is It Just Me?" "The Making of Plus One With Kate, Cate and George: The Story of a Hollywood Nobody," "Paulista" and "Shoot the Hero."

The gala screening lineup includes Geoffrey Enthoven's "The Hill Over the Band"; Glenn Ficarra's "I Love You Phillip Morris," starring Jim Carrey; and Leanne Pooley's documentary "The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls."

It also will offer special presentations of Niels Arden Oplev's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and the three-film "Red Riding Trilogy."

Its Modern Masters program consists of Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Air Doll," Giuseppe Tornatore's "Baaria," Carlos Carrera's "Backyard," Miguel Littin's "Dawson, Island 10," Andre Techine's "The Girl on the Train," Rachid Bouchareb's "London River," Ken Loach's "Looking for Eric," Jan Hrebejk's "Shameless," Marco Bellocchio's "Vincere" and Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon."
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