The 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival lineup features international films and Oscar nominees


The 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival opens on January 3 with Simone Godano’s Italian farce “An Almost Ordinary Summer” and ends on January 12 with Peter Cattaneo’s film “Military Wives”, Kristin Scott Thomas / Sharon Horgan, PSIFF organizers announced Tuesday. .

The festival will present 188 films from 81 different countries, including 51 of the 91 Oscar entries in the Best International Feature Film category. These films will include “Parasite” by Bong Joon Ho, “Pain and Glory” by Pedro Almodovar, “Les Misérables” by Ladj Ly, “Invisible Life” by Karim Ainouz, “Instinct” by Halina Reijn, “Incitement” by Yaron Zilberman, “The Painted” by Vaclav Marhoul Bird “,” Beanpole “by Kantemir Balagov,” The Chambermaid “by Lila Aviles and” Zana “by Antoneta Kastrati.

Other programs will include the Talking Pictures conversation series with filmmakers and writers of “Hustlers,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Motherless Brooklyn”; Focus on Italy, with seven Italian films including “The Traitor”; Modern Masters, which will feature new films by Roy Andersson, Takashi Miike, Werner Herzog, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Agnes Varda, among other international authors; and New Voices New Visions, with a series of films from first and second time directors from more than a dozen countries.

PSIFF will also feature a dozen LGBTQ-themed films in the Queer Cinema Today section; 20 documentaries, including “Red Penguins” by Gabe Polsky, “The Kingmaker” by Lauren Greenfield and “Advocate” by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche; and nearly 60 films from around the world in World Cinema Now, including “Babyteeth” by Shannon Murphy, “Bacuaru” by Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles, “The Burnt Orange Heresy” by Guiseppe Capotondi, “Clemency” by Chinonye Chukwu, “ Greed ”by Michael Winterbottom” and “Proxima” by Alice Winocour.

Fifty-one films from the festival will be world, North American, international or American premieres.

The 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place Jan. 3-12 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles, following its annual awards gala on Jan. 2.

The full list of films is available at the festival site.


Darcy J. Skinner

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