Posted by Larry Gleeson
OPENING NIGHT OF THE
2017 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
JANUARY 5, 2017
A packed house on Opening Night saw the World Premiere of “The Sense of an Ending” starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling. The director, Ritesh Batra, was in attendance along with PSIFF Artistic Director, Michael Lerman, PSIFF Chairman of the Board, Harold Matzner and Palm Springs Mayor, Robert Moon.
The screening was followed by a rousing reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum.
TALKING PICTURES: AQUARIUS
FASCINATING FILMS ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 8
Nepal/U.S./Qatar/Netherlands – 2016 – 88 minutes
Director: Deepak Rauniyar
NEW VOICES/NEW VISIONS
A dark comedy about two brothers from each side of the Nepalese civil war brought together after 10 years for their father’s funeral. A trenchant, eye-catching parable, this is the best film to come out of Nepal in years. Winner: Interfilm Award, Venice.
Sun, Jan 8 – 10:30 AM – Camelot
Wed, Jan 11 – 6:30 PM – Rega
Director, Deepak Rauniyar and Actors, Dayahang Rai, Rabindra Singh Baniya to attend the January 8 screening. Purchase tickets HERE.
JEWEL’S CATCH ONE
U.S. – 2016 – 90 minutes
Director: C. Fitz
North American Premiere
For 40 years the L.A. disco Catch One thrived against all odds as a haven for the black and brown LGBT community, thanks to the tenacity of its remarkable founder, Jewel Thais-Williams, who is celebrated in this vibrant history of the “West Coast Studio 54.”
Sun, Jan 8 – 1:00 PM – Regal
Tue, Jan 10
– 2:15 PM
– Palm Canyon
Director, C. Fitz to attend.
DID YOU KNOW?
NOW YOU CAN READ THE PSIFF PROGRAM BOOK ONLINE!
You can read the official 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Souvenir Program Book online.
Germany – 2016 – 102 minutes
Director: Anne Zohra Berrached
WORLD CINEMA NOW
A German woman is told her unborn baby will probably have Down syndrome and must decide whether to abort the pregnancy in this moving drama. “A wrenchingly affecting picture… It’s an incredible, revealing performance from Jentsch (Sophie Scholl).” Screen
Sun, Jan 8 – 1:30 PM – Camelot
Wed, Jan 11 – 4:30 PM – Camelot
Sat, Jan 14 – 4:30 PM – Camelot
Canada – 2016 – 89 minutes
Director: Anjali Nayar
Kenya’s Rift Valley produces many of the world’s top marathon runners. It’s also a place of gun-toting cattle rustlers. In this enthralling documentary, Julius Arile and Robert Matanda trade their AK-47s for running shoes… and a dream for a better life.
Sun, Jan 8 – 1:30 PM – Mary Pickford
Sat, Jan 14 – 5:15 PM – Palm Canyon
Sun, Jan 15 – 11:00 AM – Palm Canyon
Director, Anjali Nayar to attend January 8 screening.
A stand-alone Film Festival Store for the Palm Springs International Film Festival is featuring a complete collection of Film Festival Merchandise at Destination PSP. The Festival Store is now open and will be open every day through January 16.
The Festival Store is located in the Regal Cinema Courtyard Plaza, unit 16,
just down from the Regal Cinemas and across the courtyard from the
Festival Ticket and Information Center.
You can also shop online at Destination PSP by clicking HERE.
THE CONCESSIONAIRES MUST DIE!
U.S. – 2016 – 88 minutes
Director: America Young
WORLD CINEMA NOW
In another world not entirely unlike this one, the dedicated staff of a single screen repertory theatre put their heads together to keep their beloved picture palace open. This affectionate slacker comedy mixes pop culture trivia with goofy shoestring parodies of Hollywood classics new and old.
Sun, Jan 8 – 4:00 PM – Mary Pickford
Mon, Jan 9 – 6:30 PM – Rega
Director, America Young, Actors David Blue, Talia Tabin and John M. Keating to attend.
France – 2016 – 105 minutes
Director: Olivier Assayas
Master filmmaker Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart re-team after Clouds of Sils Maria with another surprising collaboration. Personal Shopper is a most unusual and artful ghost story, a tense and eerie tale of a medium trying to reconnect with her recently deceased twin brother. Winner: Best Director, Cannes.
Sun, Jan 8 – 4:15 PM – PSHS
Mon, Jan 9 – 4:00 PM – Camelot
Thu, Jan 12 – 7:30 PM – Annenberg
Poland – 2016 – 114 minutes
Director: Ryszard Bugajski
FOCUS ON POLAND
An intimate, metaphysical art-house drama, Blindness posits a 1962 meeting between a now repentant Julia Prajs Brystygier, aka “Bloody Luna,” the former head of Department V in the Stalinist-era Ministry of Information, and Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, a man whose 1953 arrest she had facilitated.
Sun, Jan 8 – 7:30 PM – Camelot
Mon, Jan 9 – 7:30 PM – Camelot
Wed, Jan 11 – 5:00 PM – Camelot
Director, Ryszard Bugajski; Actor, Maria Mamona to attend.
Purchase tickets HERE.