Palm Springs Film Fest: Half of 80 Foreign-Language Oscar Submissions Set to Screen

France's 'Mustang,' Hungary's 'Son of Saul' and Taiwan's 'The Assassin' are among the dozens of top contenders that will screen between Jan 1-11.
France's Oscar entry 'Mustang'

If the Palm Springs International Film Festival is known for anything apart from its beautiful locale, it is its unparalleled offering of foreign-language films, which will be stronger than ever this year.

On Tuesday, the fest — the 27th edition of which is set to run Jan 1-11 — announced that it will screen, as part of its Awards Buzz section, 40 of the 80 films submitted by countries around the world for consideration by the Academy for the best foreign-language film Oscar.

Among the titles chosen by fest programmers for this prestigious sidebar — one of which will be awarded the FIPRESCI Award for best foreign-language film of the year by a special jury of international film critics — are heavyweight contenders such as Brazil's The Second Mother, France's Mustang, Denmark's A War, Germany's Labyrinth of Lies, Hungary's Son of Saul, Iceland's Rams, Sweden's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence and Taiwan's The Assassin.

The festival previously announced that Black Mass lead actor Johnny Depp will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actor); Carol and Truth lead actress Cate Blanchett will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actress); Room lead actress Brie Larson will receive its Breakthrough Performance Award; Brooklyn lead actress Saoirse Ronan will receive its International Star Award; and Spotlight co-writer/director Tom McCarthy will receive its Sonny Bono Visionary Award.