Palm Springs Film Fest: 'The Sense of an Ending,' Starring Jim Broadbent, to Premiere on Opening Night

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'The Comedian,' starring Robert De Niro, was selected as the closing-night film.

Ritesh Batra’s The Sense of an Ending, starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, will kick off the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is set to run Jan. 2-16, while Taylor Hackford’s The Comedian, starring Robert De Niro, will serve as the closing-night film.

The festival’s awards gala will be held Jan. 2, and Sense will have its world premiere when it screens as the opening-night film on Jan. 5. An adaptation of the Julian Barnes novel, the feature, which will be released by CBS Films on March 10, concerns a man looking back on the path his life has taken. It also stars Harriet Walter, Freya Mavor, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode and Billy Howle.

The Comedian, which bowed at the recent AFI Fest, will screen on Jan. 15 and is scheduled for release by Sony Pictures Classics on Jan. 13.

PSIFF plans to screen 190 films from 72 countries. The lineup includes 58 premieres (nine world, five international, 20 North American and 24 U.S.). Included in the program are 42 of the films that have been submitted for consideration for the foreign-language film Oscar.

A list of films that will play the festival follows. 


World premieres:

The Beautiful Fantastic (U.K./U.S.), director Simon Aboud
Breakable You (U.S.), director Andrew Wagner with Holly Hunter, Tony Shalhoub and Alfred Molina
The Concessionaires Must Die! (U.S.), director America Young
Do It or Die! (U.S), director Jørn Winther
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) (U.S./France), director Colin Hanks
Everybody Loves Somebody (Mexico), director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta with Karla Souza
Poorna (India), director Rahul Bose
The Sense of an Ending (U.K./U.S.), director Ritesh Batra
Take Me Home Huey (U.S.), directors Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele

International premieres:

The 4th Company (Mexico/Spain), directors Amir Galván Cervera and Mitzi Vanessa Arreola
Call Me Thief (South Africa), director Daryne Joshua
Julie and the Shoe Factory (France), directors Paul Calori and Kostia Testut
Tonio (Netherlands), director Paula van der Oest
Xamou (Greece), director Clio Fanouraki

North American premieres:

At the End of the Tunnel (Argentina/Spain), director Rodrigo Grande
Influence (Chile), director Claudia Huaiquimilla
Dark Skull (Bolivia/Qatar), director Kiro Russo
The Day Will Come (Denmark), director Jesper W. Nielsen
Ethel & Ernest (U.K./Luxembourg), director Roger Mainwood with the voices of Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent
Half Ticket (India), director Samit Kakkad
The Hippopotamus (U.K.), director John Jencks with Roger Allam, Matthew Modine and Fiona Shaw
A Jew Must Die (Switzerland), director Jacob Berger
King of the Belgians (Belgium/Netherlands/Bulgaria), director Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth
The Liberation of Skopje (Macedonia/Croatia/Finland), directors Rade Šerbedžija and Danilo Šerbedžija
Mellow Mud (Latvia), director Ren?rs Vimba
Mercenary (France), director Sacha Wolff
Mountain Cry (China), director Larry Yang
No Dress Code Required (Mexico), director Cristina Herrera Bórquez
The Spy and the Poet (Estonia), director Toomas Hussar
Tommy's Honour (U.S.), director Jason Connery
The Turkish Way (Spain), director Luis González
Vincent and the End of the World (Belgium/France), director Christophe Van Rompaey
When We Rise (U.S.), director Gus Van Sant with Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths and Rosie O’Donnell
The Winter (Argentina/France), director Emiliano Torres

U.S. premieres:

Barakah Meets Barakah (Saudi Arabia), director Mahmoud Sabbagh
Behind the Clouds (Belgium), director Cecilia Verheyden
Blessed Benefit (Jordan/Germany/Netherlands), director Mahmoud al Massad
Brimstone (Netherlands/Germany/France/Belgium/Sweden/U.K.), director Martin Koolhoven with Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning
Center of My World (Germany/Austria), director Jakob M. Erwa
Daguerrotype (France/Japan/Belgium), director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
The Distinguished Citizen (Argentina/Spain), director Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat
In Between (Israel/France), director Maysaloun Hamoud
It’s Not the Time of My Life (Hungary), director Szabolcs Hajdu
J: Beyond Flamenco (Spain), director Carlos Saura
King of the Dancehall (U.S./Jamaica), director Nick Cannon with Louis Gossett, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg and Busta Rhymes
The King’s Choice (Norway), director Erik Poppe
KONEL?NE: our land beautiful (Canada), director Nettie Wild
Little Wing (Finland/Denmark), director Selma Vilhunen
Ma’ Rosa (Philippines), director Brillante Mendoza
Memories of Summer (Poland), director Adam Guzi?ski
Noces (Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan), director Stephan Streker
Past Life (Israel), director Avi Nesher
Pihu (India), director Vinod Kapri
Souvenir (Belgium/Luxembourg / France), director Bavo Defurne with Isabelle Huppert
The Stopover (France/Greece), director Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin
A United Kingdom (U.K.), director Amma Asante with Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo
White Sun (Nepal/US/Qatar/ Netherlands), director Deepak Rauniyar
X500 (Canada/Colombia/Mexico), director Juan Andrés Arango


Afterimage (Poland), director Andrzej Wajda
Ashes and Diamonds (Poland), director Andrzej Wajda
Memories of Summer (Poland), director Adam Guzi?ski
The Last Family (Poland), director Jan P. Matuszy?ski
United States of Love (Poland/Sweden), director Tomasz Wasilewski
Zacma: Blindness (Poland), director Ryszard Bugajski


Barakah Meets Barakah (Saudi Arabia), director Mahmoud Sabbagh
Boundaries (Canada), director Chloé Robichaud
In Between (Israel/France), director Maysaloun Hamoud
Julie and the Shoe Factory (France), director Paul Calori, Kostia Testut
Kati Kati (Kenya/Germany), director Mbithi Masya
Little Wing (Finland/Denmark), director Selma Vilhunen
Mellow Mud (Latvia), director Ren?rs Vimba
The Winter (Argentina/France), director Emiliano Torres
White Sun (Nepal/U.S./Qatar/Netherlands), director Deepak Rauniyar
Zoology (Russia/France/Germany), director Ivan I. Tverdovsky


A Quiet Passion (U.K./Belgium), director Terence Davies
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (U.S.), director Steve James
After the Storm (Japan), director Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Commune (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands), director Thomas Vinterberg
Daguerrotype (France/Japan/Belgium), director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Frantz (France/Germany), director François Ozon
I Am Not Madame Bovary (China), director Feng Xiaogang
I, Daniel Blake (U.K./France/Belgium), director Ken Loach
J: Beyond Flamenco (Spain), director Carlos Saura
The Net (South Korea), director Kim Ki-duk
Past Life (Israel), director Avi Nesher
Personal Shopper (France), director Olivier Assayas
The Teacher (Slovakia/Czech Republic), director Jan Hrebejk
The Unknown Girl (Belgium/France), director Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne


Aida’s Secrets (Israel/U.S./Germany/Canada), directors Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
Alive and Kicking (U.S./Sweden), director Susan Glatzer
Beauties of the Night (Mexico), director María José Cuevas
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (U.S.), director Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends), (U.S./France), director Colin Hanks
Forever Pure (Israel/U.K./Ireland/Norway), director Maya Zinshtein
Franca: Chaos and Creation (Italy/U.S.), director Francesco Carrozzini
Gun Runners (Canada), director Anjali Nayar
I Am Not Your Negro (U.S./France/Belgium/Switzerland), director Raoul Peck
I Called Him Morgan (Sweden/U.S.), director Kasper Collin
Jewel’s Catch One (U.S.), director C. Fitz
Karl Marx City (U.S./Germany), directors Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Kedi (Turkey/U.S./Germany), director Ceyda Torun
Keep Quiet (U.K./Hungary), directors Sam Blair, Joseph Martin
KONEL?NE: our land beautiful, (Canada), director Nettie Wild
Magicians: Life in the Impossible (U.S.), directors Christoph Baaden, Marcie Hume
No Dress Code Required (Mexico), director Cristina Herrera Bórquez
Obit. (U.S.), director Vanessa Gould
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (U.S.), directors Adam Schlesinger, Linda Saffire
Take Me Home Huey (U.S.), directors Alicia Brauns, Christine Steele
The Turkish Way (Spain), director Luis González
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (Israel/U.K.), directors Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann, Alexander Bodin Saphir
Wrestling Alligators (U.S.), director Andrew Shea


Brimstone (Netherlands/Germany/France/Belgium/Sweden/U.K.), director Martin Koolhoven
The Girl with All the Gifts (U.K./U.S.), director Colm McCarthy
Under the Shadow (U.K./Jordan/Qatar), director Babak Anvari
The Untamed (Mexico/Denmark/France/Germany/Norway), director Amat Escalante