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Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 2 - 10, 2015
Palm Springs, USA

What’s It All About?

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 1,35,000 attendees last year for its line-up of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.

The festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, David O Russell, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet.

The festival will take place between January 2 and 12, 2015, in the magnificent setting of Palm Springs. This year, the festival will be celebrating its 26th edition with an exciting line-up of the best of international cinema.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film: Selma

The festival will open with Paramount Picture’s feature film Selma. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr Martin Luther King, Jr led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.

It features actors David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr, Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey, who also serves as a producer.

The screening will be attended by Oyelowo and director DuVernay. The film screening will be followed by a reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Eastern Promises: Focus On East European Films

There will be a spotlight on Central and Eastern European filmmaking in a special focus titled Eastern Promises. This year, the region boasts some of the strongest-ever candidates for the upcoming Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The 20 films selected include:

Afterlife (Hungary)

Corn Island (Georgia)

Cowboys (Croatia)

Fair Play (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Germany)

Ida (Poland)

In The Crosswind (Estonia)

The Guide (Ukraine)

The Japanese Dog (Romania)

Kebab & Horoscope (Poland)

Mirage (Hungary/Slovakia)

No One’s Child (Serbia/Croatia)

The Reaper (Croatia/Slovenia)

Rocks In My Pockets (Latvia)

See You In Montevideo (Serbia)

Tangerines (Estonia)

These Are The Rules

(Croatia/France/Serbia)

Three Windows And A Hanging (Kosovo)

The Tribe (Ukraine)

White God (Hungary)

Closing Film: Boychoir

The festival will close with director François Girard’s Boychoir. The film is about a troubled 12-year-old from a disadvantaged background who gets accepted at an elite music school, The National Boychoir Academy. The film has actors Dustin Hoffman, Garrett Wareing, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard, Kevin McHale, Josh Lucas and Debra Winger in the lead.

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