FILM FESTIVAL: 2015 Palm Springs International program announced

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(PSIFF) announces its complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters. 192 films from 65 countries, including 65 premieres (7 World, 5 International, 20 North American and 33 U.S.) will unspool at the Festival, running from January 2-12, 2015 in Palm Springs, California.

World premieres:

  • Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha (USA) starring James Franco, Horatio Sanz, Luis Guzman and Lin Shaye
  • Packed In A Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson (USA),
  • Some Kind of Love (Canada)
  • Spirit / Will / Loss (USA)
  • Twenty-Five Palms (Luxembourg) a documentary on the 25th anniversary of the Palm Springs International Film Festival directed by Fabrizio Maltese
  • Walter (USA) starring Justin Kirk, Virginia Madsen, William H. Macy, Neve Campbell and Peter Facinelli.

International premieres:

  • Accused (Netherlands)
  • Arteholic (Germany), a documentary featuring Udo Kier and Lars von Trier among others
  • The Grandad (Iceland)
  • Manpower (Israel)
  • Never Die Young (Luxembourg)

North American premieres: 

  • 40-Love (Belgium)
  • Afterlife (Hungary)
  • Beatles (Norway)
  • The Breach (USA)
  • Chubby (Belgium)
  • Eyes of a Thief (Palestine)
  • Flowers (Spain)
  • Kebab & Horoscope (Poland)
  • The Monk (Myanmar)
  •  A Moonless Night (Uruguay)
  • Mother of the Lamb (Chile)
  • NN (Peru)
  • No One’s Child (Serbia)
  • Not All Is Vigil (Spain)
  • See You in Montevideo (Serbia) starring in Aramand Assante
  • She’s Funny That Way (USA) directed byPeter Bogdanovich and starring Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Will Forte, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Aniston
  • These Are the Rules (Croatia)
  • Three Windows and a Hanging (Kosovo)
  • Unlikely Heroes (Switzerland)
  • What’s Between Us (Switzerland)
  • Halla Halla (Sweden)

U.S. premieres: 

  • Boychoir (USA)
  • Chagall – Malevich (Russia)
  • Ciudad Delirio (Colombia)
  • Cut Snake (Australia)
  • The Dark Horse (New Zealand)
  • Décor (Egypt)
  • The Farewell Party (Israel)
  • Fidelio, Alice’s Journey (France)
  • Grand Street (USA) starring Kelly McGillis and Sam Robards
  • The Grump (Finland)
  • Henri Henri (Canada)
  • Hope and Wire (New Zealand)
  • In Her Place (Canada)
  • In the Crosswind (Estonia)
  • Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains (Kyrgyzstan)
  • The Lesson (Bulgaria)
  • Life in a Fishbowl (Iceland)
  • The Light Shines Only There (Japan)
  • Magical Girl (Spain)
  • Margarita, with a Straw (India)
  • Mirage (Hungary)
  • Monsoon (Canada)
  • Paper Planes (Australia) starring Sam Worthington
  • The Perfect Dictatorship (Mexico)
  • The Reaper (Croatia)
  • The Search (France) directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Annette Bening and Bérénice Bejo
  • Sorrow and Joy (Denmark)
  • Theeb (Jordan)
  • Tigers (India) directed by Danis Tanovic
  • Tokyo Fiancée (Belgium)
  • White God (Hungary)
  • Who Am I – No System is Safe (Germany)
  • X + Y (UK) starring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall.

The New Voices/New Visions Award will honor one of 10 films from top emerging international directors marking their feature film debut at the Festival, with the additional criteria that the films selected are currently without US distribution.  The winner is selected by a jury of US distributors and will receive a glass sculpture designed for the Festival by renowned artist Dale Chihuly.  Films selected for this year include:

  • Afterlife (Hungary), Director Virág Zomborácz
  • Chubby (Belgium), Director Bruno Neville
  • Fidelio, Alice’s Journey (France), Director Lucie Borleteau
  • Grand Street (USA), Director Lex Sidon
  • Henri Henri (Canada), Director Martin Talbot
  • Manpower (Israel), Director Noam Kaplan
  • A Moonless Night (Uruguay), Director Germán Tejeira
  • No One’s Child (Serbia), Director Vuk Ršumovic
  • Theeb (Jordan), Director Naji Abu Nowar
  • What’s Between Us (Switzerland), Director Claudia Lorenz

The Modern Masters section features 12 films from international directors who set the standards for contemporary cinema. Films selected for this year include:

  • Chagall – Malevich (Russia), Director Alexander Mitta
  • Clouds of Sils Maria (France), Director Olivier Assayas, Cast: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Dancing Arabs (Israel), Director Eran Riklis
  • An Eye for Beauty (Canada), Director Denys Arcand
  • Gemma Bovery (France), Director Anne Fontaine
  • The Humbling (USA), Director Barry  Levinson, Cast: Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Charles Grodin, Mary Louise Parker, Dan Hedaya and Dianne Wiest
  • In Order Of Disappearance (Norway/Sweden), Director Hans Petter Moland
  • Iris (USA), Director Albert Maysles
  • Li’l Quinquin (France), Director Bruno Dumont
  • The Perfect Dictatorship (Mexico), Director Louis Estrada
  • Queen and Country (United Kingdom), Director John Boorman
  • Red Amnesia (China), Director Wang Xiaoshuai

Other Festival films with notable talent and directors include: 5 To 7 (USA), directed by Victor Levin and starring Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Glenn Close and Frank Langella, ’71 (UK) starring Jack O’Connell, Back on Board: Greg Louganis (USA), the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour (Germany) directed by Laura Poitras, Effie Gray (UK), starring Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Helicopter Mom (USA) starring Nia Vardalos, Kate Flannery and Lisa Loeb, the documentary Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey (USA) featuring Hal Holbrook, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Emile Hirsch, Cherry Jones, Robert Patrick and Annie Potts, In Order of Disappearance (Norway) starring Stellan Skarsgård, Keep On Keepin’ On (USA) directed by Alan Hicks and featuring Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Gwen Terry and Quincy Jones, Learning to Drive (USA) starring Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley, Match (USA) starring Matthew Lillard, Carla Gugino and Patrick Stewart, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (USA) featuring Barbara Walters, Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Michael Feinstein, Shecky Greene, Bruce Vilanch and David Hyde Pierce, Song One (USA) starring Anne Hathaway and Mary Steenburgen, Trespassing Bergman (Sweden) directed by Jane  Magnusson and Hynek Pallas featuring Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Francis Ford Coppola, Clare Denis, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Michael Haneke, Ang Lee, Alexander Payne, Ridley Scott and Lars von Trier, Two Days, One Night (Belgium) starring Marion Cotillard.

For a complete list of films including those selected in the World Cinema Now and True Stories program visit:

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