Naomi Watts, Tom Hooper to Participate in Palm Springs Film Festival's Talking Pictures Series

4:28 PM PST 12/31/2012 by THR staff
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Peter Greenaway, Alan Cumming and Eddie Redmayne will also take part in the program series at the festival.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival has revealed details about its Talking Pictures program, a series of film clips and screenings accompanied by a discussion with Hollywood talent, scheduled during the Jan. 4-13 proceedings.

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On Jan. 5, the awards contender The Impossible will be screened, and star Naomi Watts, who will recieve the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the festival, will participate in a discussion moderated by The Hollywood Reporter's awards analyst Scott Feinberg. 

There were three other Talking Pictures events announced. 

On Jan. 4, Peter Greenaway will speak at a program entitled "The Death of Cinema -- A Lecture With Pictures," where the writer-director of Goltzius and the Pelican Company will explain how "our reliance of text in film is creating a populace of 'visual illiterates,'" according to a release. 

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Les Misérables director Tom Hooper -- who will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the festival's gala -- and actor Eddie Redmayne will discuss the musical drama Jan. 6. Alan Cumming, the star of Any Day Now, will take part in a program discussion about the film Jan. 12. 

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