The 2017 PalmSprings International Film Festival Jury Award Winners were announced on Saturday, January 14 at the annual Awards Luncheon.
The winners are:
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Toni Erdmann (Germany), directed by Maren Ade
FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film
Gael García Bernal in Neruda (Chile)
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film
Isabelle Huppert in Elle (France)
New Voices/New Visions Award
Winner: White Sun (Nepal/U.S./Qatar/Netherlands), directed by Deepak Runiyar
Special Mentions: Kati Kati (Kenya/Germany), directed by Mbithi Masya and Mellow Mud (Latvia), directed by Renārs Vimba
The John Schlesinger Award
Winner: No Dress Code Required (Mexico), directed by Cristina Herrera Bórquez
Special Mention: Beauties of the Night (Mexico), directed by Maria José Cuevas
Cine Latino Award
Winner: Neruda (Chile), directed by Pablo Larraín
Special Mention: Everything Else (Mexico), directed by Natalia Alamda
HP Bridging the Borders Award
Winner: Mercenary (France), directed by Sacha Wolff
The Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the
Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature will be announced at the Closing Night Screening of THE COMEDIAN on Sunday, January 15.
THERE’S STILL TIME LEFT – GREAT FILMS ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
Argentina/France – 2016 – 95 minutes
Director: Emiliano Torres
NEW VOICES/NEW VISIONS
North American Premiere
Forced from his longtime job as ranch foreman by a sincere young upstart, a weary caretaker prepares to take advantage as the younger man shows himself ill-prepared for an unforgiving Patagonian winter. A lean, stark tale of survival against the unforgiving forces of both nature and man himself. Winner: Best Actor, Biarritz; Special Jury Award, San Sebastian.
A doctor abandons his principles to ensure his daughter passes her crucial exams in this tense and complex moral thriller from the director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which explores the endemic corruption in post-Communist Romania. Winner: Best Director, Cannes; Best Actor, Screenplay, Chicago.
Three years after the Nagasaki atomic bomb killed her son, the widowed Nobuko starts being visited by his ghost. Octogenarian filmmaker Yoji Yamada (Twilight Samurai) has crafted a delicate, affecting, magical realist chamber piece, with a haunting score by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Winner: Best Actor, Japanese Academy Awards.
Broken by the recent death of his father, a troubled young man tears through a small, indigenous town until his godfather gets him a job in the mines. With jaw-dropping, dreamlike visuals, Russo’s debut offers a darkly beautiful subterranean study in atmosphere and mourning. A new landmark in Bolivian cinema.
Must be at least 25 years of age to enter this contest.
No purchase necessary.
One entry per person; employees of PSIFF are not eligible.
A JEW MUST DIE
Switzerland – 2016 – 73 minutes
Director: Jacob Berger
WORLD CINEMA NOW
North America Premiere
In a small Swiss village in 1942, a cabal of Nazi sympathizers select a Jewish scapegoat (played by Bruno Ganz) to kill, and an 8-year-old witness grows into a 70-year-old writer whose life was changed forever by what he saw.