Palm Springs, CA (November 22, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award® winning actress Julia Roberts with the Spotlight Award for August: Osage County at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey and Steve McQueen. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.
Palm Springs, CA (November 8, 2013) – The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Matthew McConaughey with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14.
Spanish director Pablo Berger’s re-imagining of the Snow White fairytale Blancanieves will kick off the Palm Springs Film Festival on January 3. The festival’s closing-night presentation January 13 will be Paul Andrew Williams’ Unfinished Song starring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. This year’s lineup, which as usual showcases numerous contenders for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, features 180 films from 68 countries. The festival concludes January 14. Additional films from the announcement:
A Canadian comedy about a prolific sperm donor, and a U.S. documentary about the history of women jazz musicians, were among the top award winners today at the 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Sponsored by the city of Palm Springs, this is one of North America’s biggest film festival attracting about 130,000 people each year to consider features and documentaries from around the world. “This year’s line up encompassed a particularly satisfying blend of challenging but highly compelling works, more broadly accessible crowd pleasers and debut films distinguished by their distinctive storytelling craft and technical prowess,” Festival Director Darryl Macdonald said.
Here are this year’s winners:
Lasse Hallstrom’s Salmon Fishing In The Yemen will open the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Thursday, January 5, fest officials announced today. Closing gala presentation January 15 will be Almanya, Welcome to Germany. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas in the unconventional comedy adapted by Simon Beaufoy from Paul Torday’s novel. Salmon Fishing opens March 9 in the US through CBS Fims. The closing movie Almanya, Welcome To Germany is also a comedy, observing multiple generations of a German-Turkish clan. It’s directed by Yasemin Samdereli. Traditionally a foreign-langage film showcase, the festival for 2012 features 187 films from 73 countries, including 60 premieres — 2 world, 22 North American and 36 U.S.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s first offerings announced today include a new program focusing on Arab Cinema, the New Voices/New Visions section for emerging filmmakers, the John Schlesinger lineup for first documentary features as well as 40 of the 63 official submissions for the foreign-language film Oscar — perfect for those that need to get their screenings in before the Academy Awards. The fest’s complete lineup will be announced later this week for its 23rd edition January 5-16, but here’s the foreign-language slate from the Awards Buzz section. It includes early critics group favorite A Separation (Iran) and China’s Christian Bale-starrer The Flowers Of War:
· Bullhead (Belgium/Netherlands), Director: Michaël R. Roskam
· Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Brazil), Director: Jose Padilha
· Tilt (Bulgaria/Germany), Director: Viktor Chouchkov
· Monsieur Lazhar (Canada), Director: Philippe Falardeau
· The Flowers of War (China), Director: Yimou Zhang
· Alois Nebel (Czech Republic/Germany), Director: Tomáš Lunák
· Superclásico (Denmark), Director: Ole Christian Madsen
· Le Havre (Finland/France, Germany), Director: Aki Kaurismäki
· Declaration of War (France), Director: Valérie Donzelli
· Pina (Germany), Director: Wim Wenders
· Attenberg (Greece), Director: Athina Rachel Tsangari
· A Simple Life (Hong Kong/China), Director: Ann Hui
· The Turin Horse (Hungary/France, Germany, Switzerland), Director: Bela Tarr
· Volcano (Iceland/Denmark), Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson
· Abu, Son of Adam (India), Director: Salim Ahamed
· A Separation (Iran), Director: Asghar Farhadi