Catherine Deneuve's 'Potiche' to Open Palm Springs Film Fest

Catherine Deneuve - Gerard Depardieu - 2010
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Justin Chadwick's "First Grader" will close the festival, which includes world premieres of "Down the Shore" and "Little Murder."

Francois Ozon’s comedy Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, has been selected to open the 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival next month.

Justin Chadwick’s First Grader, which tells of an 84-year old Kenyan man’s determination to get an education, will serve as the closing-night film.

The fest, which runs from Jan. 6 through Jan. 16, will screen 193 films from 68 countries.

The lineup of world premieres includes Down the Shore, starring James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen; The Encore of Tony Duran; Fifty-nothing, starring Wendie Malick and Jessalyn Gilsig; the documentary The Last Lions, narrated by Jeremy Irons; Little Murder, starring Terrence Howard and Josh Lucas; The Rescuers; the doc Rise, featuring figure skaters Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill and Michelle Kwan; Thanks, starring Charles Durning and Rita Rudner; and Wild Horse, Wild Ride.

On tap for gala screenings are Peter Weir’s The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris; Max Winkler’s Ceremony, starring Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman; Ferzan Ozpetek’s Italian farce Loose Cannons; and Daniel Beahm and Erika Randall Beahm’s Leading Ladies.

The fest has scheduled special presentations of Mona Achache’s The Hedgehog; Monte Hellman’s Road to Nowhere, at which Hellman will be given the fest’s Maverick Award; and Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Small Town Murder Songs.