Palm Springs Film Festival To Screen 42 Foreign Film Oscar Hopefuls

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The fest also will introduce a new section, Nordic Light, showcasing films from Scandinavia.

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which runs from Jan 3-14, will shine its klieg light on the upcoming race for the best foreign-language film Oscar by screening 42 of the 71 films that have been submitted for Academy Awards consideration. It also will introduce a new program called Nordic Light, which will highlight films from Scandinavia. And it has scheduled ten features in its Modern Masters section.

“This year's lineup features celebrated veteran auteurs sharing the stage with films by a large number of audacious new talents – indeed, almost a third of this year’s PSIFF filmmakers are marking their feature film debut,” festival director Darryl Macdonald said. “Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in our Nordic Light section, with well-established filmmakers Lasse Hallström, Thomas Vinterberg and Baltasar Kormákurpresenting striking new work alongside promising debut directors like Mikael Marcimain (Call Girl), Gabriela Pichler (Eat Sleep Die) and Dag Johan Haugerud (I Belong).  This special section vividly reflects the ongoing emergence of a newly revitalized Scandinavian cultural aesthetic.”

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The Awards Buzz section devoted to the Oscar submission will include such features as Michael Haneke’s Amour, Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, Kim Nguyen’s War Witch and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s Intouchables. The full list of titles follows:

·      Clandestine Childhood(Argentina), Director Benjamín Ávila

·      Lore (Australia), Director Cate Shortland

·      Amour (Austria), Director Michael Haneke

·      Buta (Azerbaijan), Director Ilgar Najaf

·      Our Children (Belgium), Director Joachim Lafosse

·      Children of Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

·      The Clown (Brazil), Director Selton Mello

·      Lost Loves (Cambodia), Director Chhay Bora

·      War Witch (Canada), Director Kim Nguyen

·      Caught in the Web (China), Director Chen Kaige

·      The Snitch Cartel (Colombia), Director Carlos Moreno

·      In the Shadow (Czech Republic), Director David Ondricek

·      A Royal Affair (Denmark), Director Nikolaj Arcel

·      Checkmate(Dominican Republic), Director José María Cabral

·      Purge (Finland), Director Antti Jokinen

·      Intouchables (France),Director Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

·      Barbara (Germany), Director Christian Petzold

·      Unfair World (Greece),Director Filippos Tsitos

·      Inuk (Greenland), Director Mike Magidson

·      Just the Wind (Hungary), Director Bence Fliegauf

·      The Deep (Iceland), Director Baltasar Kormákur

·      Fill the Void (Israel), Director Rama Burshtein

·      Caesar Must Die (Italy), Director Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani

·      Our Homeland (Japan), Director Yang Yonghi

·      Nairobi Half Life (Kenya), Director David 'Tosh' Gitonga

·      The Third Half (Macedonia), Director Darko Mitrevski

·      After Lucia (Mexico), Director Michel Franco

·      Kauwboy (Netherlands), Director Boudewijn Koole

·      Kon-Tiki (Norway), Director Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

·      When I Saw You (Palestine), Director Annemarie Jacir

·      Bwakaw (Philippines), Director Jun Robles Lana

·      80 Million (Poland), Director Waldemar Krzystek

·      Beyond the Hills (Romania), Director Christian Mungiu

·      White Tiger (Russia), Director Karen Shakhnazarov

·      When Day Breaks (Serbia), Director Goran Paskaljevic

·      A Trip (Slovenia), Director Nejc Gazvoda

·      Pieta (South Korea), Director Kim Ki-duk

·      Blancanieves (Spain), Director Pablo Berger

·      The Hypnotist (Sweden), Director Lasse Hallström

·      Sister (Switzerland), Director Ursula Meier

·      Touch of Light (Taiwan), Director Chang Jung-Chi

·      Headshot (Thailand), Director Pen-ek Ratanaruang

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