Palm Springs Film Festival to Shine Spotlight on Canadian Cinema
The festival, which runs Jan. 3-13, also will screen 45 of the 76 films that have been submitted for the foreign-language Academy Award.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival, which runs from Jan. 3 to 13, will offer a special program focusing on Canadian cinema. And, continuing one of its high-profile traditions, the festival also will screen 45 of the 76 films that have been submitted for Oscar consideration in the best foreign language film category as part of its Awards Buzz section.
“We've selected Canadian films for a special focus at this year's festival for many reasons, not the least of which is the wealth of talent emerging from its relatively small, indigenous film industry, and the depth and richness of story and character portrayal its films exemplify,” festival director Darryl Macdonald said. “Whether it's established auteurs like Denis Cote, Denis Villenueve and Atom Egoyan, gifted actor-directors like Don McKellar and Sarah Polley or newly emerging talents like Chloe Robichaud, Craig Goodwill and Sebastien Pilote, Canadian creative ingenuity is on abundant display in its films.”
The festival’s Spotlight on Canadian Cinema will include a Canadian Film Day, sponsored by Telefilm Canada, and a program of 12 features. The lineup consists of Pilote’s The Auction; Peter Stebbings’ Empire of Dirt; Villeneuve’s Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal; Louise Archambault’s Gabrielle; Bruce LaBruce’s Gerontiphilia; McKellar’s The Grand Seduction, starring Taylor Kitsch; Shawney Cohen’s documentary The Manor; Goodwill’s Patch Town; Robichaud’s Sarah Prefers to Run; Richie Mehta’s Siddarth; Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s Stay; and Cote’s Vic + Flo Saw a Bear.
The festival’s Modern Masters section will screen 10 films from international directors: Agnieszka Holland’s Burning Bush; Claude Lanzmann’s The Last of the Unjust; Hirokazu Kore-edu’s Like Father, Like Son; Francois Dupeyron’s One of a Kind; Vinko Bresan’s The Priest’s Children; Errol Morris’ The Unknown Known; Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises; Avi Nesher’s The Wonders; and Francois Ozon’s Young & Beautiful.
The Awards Buzz section of foreign films includes:
The German Doctor (Argentina), director Lucia Puenzo
The Rocket (Australia), director Kim Mordaunt
The Wall (Austria), director Julian Polsler
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium/Netherlands), director Felix van Groeningen
An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Bosnia), director Danis Tanovic
The Missing Picture (Cambodia/France), director Rithy Panh
Gabrielle (Canada), director Louise Archambault
Gloria (Chile/Spain), director Sebastian Lelio
Back to 1942 (China), director Feng Xiaogang
Halima’s Path (Croatia/Slovenia/Bosnia-Herzegovina), director Arsen Anton Ostojic
The Hunt (Denmark), director Thomas Vinterberg
Winter of Discontent (Egypt), director Ibrahim El Batout
Disciple (Finland), director Ulrika Bengts
Renoir (France), director Gilles Bourdos
In Bloom (Georgia/Germany/France), directors Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross
Two Lives (Germany/Norway), director Georg Maas
Le Grand Cahier (Hungary/Germany/Austria/France), director Janos Szasz
Of Horses and Men (Iceland), director Benedikt Erlingsson
The Good Road (India), director Gyan Correa
The Past (Iran/Italy/France), director Asghar Farhadi
Bethlehem (Israel), director Yuval Adler
The Great Beauty (Italy/France), director Paolo Sorrentino
The Great Passage (Japan), director Yuya Ishii
The Old Man (Shal) (Kazakhstan), director Yermek Tursunov
Mother, I Love You (Latvia), director Janis Nords
Heli (Mexico/Germany/Netherlands/France), director Amat Escalante
Horses of God (Morocco/France/Belgium), director Nabil Ayouch
Borgman (Netherlands), director Alex van Warmerdam
White Lies (New Zealand), director Dana Rotberg
I Am Yours (Norway), director Iram Haq
Omar (Palestinian Territory), director Hany Abu-Assad
Transit (Philippines), director Hannah Espia
Walesa: Man of Hope (Poland), director Andrzej Wajda
Child’s Pose (Romania), director Calin Peter Netzer
Stalingrad (Russia), director Fedor Bondarchuk
Wadjda (Saudi Arabia/Germany), director Haifaa Al Mansour
Circles (Serbia/Germany/France/Croatia/Slovenia), director Srdan Golubovic
Ilo Ilo (Singapore), director Anthony Chen
Class Enemy (Slovenia), director Rok Bicek
Juvenile Offender (South Korea), director Kang Yi-kwan
15 Years and One Day (Spain), director Gracia Querejeta
More Than Honey (Switzerland), director Markus Imhoof
The Butterfly’s Dream (Turkey), director Yilmaz Erdogan
Metro Manila (United Kingdom/Philippines), director Sean Ellis
Anina (Uruguay/Colombia), director Alfredo Soderguit
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