Palm Springs Film Festival to Show 129 Films from 70 Countries


The Palm Springs International Film Festival will screen 129 films from 70 countries during its 2022 event, including 32 premieres.

The Film Awards will be held in person on January 6, 2022, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and the film festival will run through January 17.

The festival will open with the screening of the documentary “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over”. Warwick and directors Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner are scheduled to appear. “The Duke,” directed by late filmmaker Roger Michell, will be the closing film on January 16.

“We are delighted to be back in theaters with such an incredible lineup this year,” Palm Springs International Film Festival Artistic Director Lili Rodriguez said in a prepared statement.

The 2021 film festival and awards were canceled last year amid a worldwide surge in COVID-19 cases, but the Palm Springs International Film Society announced the film award winners virtually in February. The honors were awarded a month later than the festival’s usual date, a move by Palm Springs organizers that came after the Oscars extended their eligibility window to the end of February.

Guests will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination at the gala and festival.

The full list of movies is as follows:

World premieres

“Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen” (USA), director Daniel Raim

“Jazz Fest” (USA), director Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern

“Utica: The Last Refuge” (USA), director Loch Phillipps

“Pepe Serna: Life is Art” (United States), director Luis Reyes

North American premieres

“Anaïs In Love” (France), Director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet

“Hinterland” (Austria / Luxembourg), director Stefan Ruzowitzky

“My Sunny Maad” (Czech Republic / France / Slovakia), director Michaela Pavlátová

“The rapist” (India), director Aparna Sen

“Scarecrow” (Russia / UK), director Dmitrii Davydov

“Tigers” (Sweden), director Ronnie Sandahl

“Zátopek” (Czech Republic), director David Ondříček

american premieres

“7 lives, 7 lakes” (Spain), director Víctor Escribano

“Benediction” (UK / US), director Terence Davies

“The Box” (USA / Mexico), director Lorenzo Vigas

“Les Chutes” (Taiwan), director Chung Mong-hong

“Farha” (Jordan / Sweden, Saudi Arabia), director Darin J. Sallam

“The Grandmother” (New Zealand), director Matthew J. Saville

“The Great Indian Kitchen” (India), director Jeo Baby

“Nowhere Special” (UK / Italy / Romania), director Uberto Pasolini

“Oscar Peterson: Black + White” (Canada), director Barry Avrich

“Out of Sync” (Spain / Lithuania / France), director Juanjo Giménez

Paka (River of Blood) (India), director Nithin Lukose

“The Phantom of the Open” (UK), director Craig Roberts

“Playground” (Belgium), director Laura Wandel

“Rehana Maryam Noor” (Bangladesh), director Abdullah Mohammad Saad

“Small Body” (Italy / France / Slovenia), director Laura Samani

“The story of my wife” (Hungary / Germany / Italy / France), director Ildikó Enyedi

“The Survivor” (US / Canada / Hungary), director Barry Levinson

“The Swimmer” (Israel), director Adam Kalderon

“True Things” (UK), director Harry Wootliff

“Tug of War” (Tanzania / South Africa / Germany / Qatar), director Amil Shivji

Candidates for the Oscars of Foreign Languages

This section is selected by festival programmers as the strongest entries to this year’s Oscars and features official submissions for the Best International Feature Film category. A special jury of international film critics will examine these films to present the FIPRESCI Prize for the best foreign language film of the year, as well as the best actor, best actress and best screenplay in this category.

“Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn” (Romania), director Radu Jude

“Brighton 4th” (Georgia), director Levan Koguashvili

“Casablanca Beats” (Morocco), Director Nabil Ayouch

“Clara Sola” (Costa Rica), Director Nathalie Alvárez Mesén

“Compartment n ° 6” (Finland), director Juho Kuosmanen

“Costa Brava, Liban” (Lebanon), Director Mounia Akl

“Drive My Car” (Japan), director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

“Drunken Birds” (Canada), director Ivan Grbovic

“Escape from Mogadiscio” (South Korea), director Ryoo Seung-wan

“Fear” (Bulgaria), director Ivaylo Hristov

“Flee” (Denmark), director Jonas Poher Rasmussen

“The good boss” (Spain), director Fernando León de Aranoa

“The Gravedigger’s Wife” (Somalia), director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed

“Great Freedom” (Austria), director Sebastian Meise

“The Hand of God” (Italy), director Paolo Sorrentino

“A hero” (Iran), director Asghar Farhadi

“Hive” (Kosovo), director Blerta Basholli

“I am your man (Germany), director Maria Schrader

“Lamb” (Iceland) Director Vladimar Jóhannsson

“Leave No Traces” (Poland), director Jan P. MatuszyÅ„ski

“Let It Be Morning” (Israel), director Eran Kolirin

“Lingui, les ties sacrés” (Chad), director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

“Memoria” (Colombia), director Apichatpong Weerasethakul

“Olga” (Switzerland), director Elie Grappe

“Prayers for the Stolen” (Mexico), director Tatiana Huezo

“Shambala” (Kyrgyzstan), director Artykpai Suyundukov

“Titane” (France), Director Julia Ducournau

“Loosen your fists” (Russia), director Kira Kovalenko

“The worst person in the world (Norway), director Joachim Trier

“Yuni” (Indonesia), director Kamila Andini

The big screen and movies celebrating movies

“Alien on Stage” (UK), director Danielle Kummer, Lucy Harvey

“Claydream” (USA), director Marq Evans

“Exposing Muybridge” (USA / UK), director Marc Shaffer

“Last Film Show” (India / France / USA), Director Pan Nalin

“The Story of Film: A New Generation” (UK), director Mark Cousins

latino cinema

“The best families” (Peru / Colombia), director Javier Fuentes-León

“Medusa” (Brazil / United States), director Anita Rocha da Silveria

“My Brothers Dream Awake” (Chile), director Claudia Huaiquimilla

“The Other Tom” (Mexico / United States), director Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo

“Sundown” (Mexico / France / Sweden), director Michel Franco

Modern masters

New films from current filmmakers.

“One Second” (China), director Zhang Yimou

“Le Pacte” (Denmark), Director Bille August

“Parallel mothers” (Spain), director Pedro Almodóvar

“Petite Maman” (France), Director Céline Sciamma

New voices New visions

Unique films from directors for the first and second time.

“The Fallout” (USA), director Megan Park

“Happening” (France), Director Audrey Diwan

“Queen of Glory” (United States), director Nana Mensah

“Wildhood” (Canada / Germany), director Bretten Hannam

Queer Cinema Today & The Gayla!

Inspirational and insightful stories from the LGBTQ community.

Gayla! screening – “Boulevard! A Hollywood Story” (USA), director Jeffrey Schwarz

“Love, Spells and All That” (Turkey / Germany), director Ãœmit Ãœnal

“Moneyboys” (Austria / Taiwan / France / Belgium), director CB Yi

“No Straight Lines: The Rise of Queer Comics” (USA), director Vivian Kleiman

Gayla! screening – “Sweetheart” (UK), director Marley Morrison

“Valentina” (Brazil), director Cássio Pereira dos Santos

Soundtrack – Music on film

“Bernstein’s Wall” (United States), director Douglas Tirola

“Born in Chicago” (United States), director Bob Sarles, John Anderson

“Invisible: Gay Women in Southern Music” (USA), director TJ Parsell

Talking images and book on screen

The Talking Pictures program includes in-depth discussions with directors, writers and actors of the year’s best titles. The following films selected for this year’s program with guests present are:

“Jockey” (US) with actor Clifton Collins, Jr.

“The Power of the Dog” (Australia / New Zealand / United Kingdom / United States / Canada) with director Jane Campion

“Respect” (USA) with actress Jennifer Hudson

“Spencer” (UK / Germany) with actress Kristen Stewart

“The Tender Bar” (USA) with screenwriter William Monahan

“Tic, Tic … Boom!” (United States) with actor Andrew Garfield

True stories

This section features documentaries and non-fiction films.

“The Automat” (USA), director Lisa Hurwitz

“Blind Ambition” (Australia / Zimbabwe), Director Robert Coe, Warwick Ross

“The Caviar Connection” (France), Director Benoît Bringer

“Daughter of a Lost Bird” (USA), director Brooke Pepion Swaney

“The first 54 years” (Israel / France / Finland / Germany), director Avi Mograbi

“Gemmel & Tim” (United States), director Michiel Thomas

“Hold Your Fire” (USA), director Stefan Forbes

“The Jump” (Lithuania / Latvia / France / Germany / USA), director GiedrÄ— ŽickytÄ—

“Messwood” (USA), Director Emily Kuester, Brad Lichtenstein

“Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times” (USA), director Louie Psihoyos, Peggy Callahan

“X-ray of a family” (Iran / Switzerland / Norway), director Firouzeh Khosrovani

“Three minutes – An elongation (Netherlands / UK), director Bianca Stigter

“Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” ​​(USA), director Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler

World cinema now

“Any Day Now” (Finland), director Hamy Ramezan

“Back Then” (Poland), director Kinga Debska

“Ballad of a white cow” (Iran / France), director Behtash Sanaeeha, Maryam Moghaddam

“Brother’s Keeper” (Turkey / Romania), director Ferit Karahan

“La Traversée” (France / Czech Republic / Germany), Director Florence Miailhe

“Drover’s wife, the legend of Molly Johnson” (Australia)

“Haute Couture” (France), Director Sylvie Ohayon

“The Judgment” (Netherlands), director Sander Burger

“Mother’s Sunday” (UK), director Eva Husson

“Neighbors” (Switzerland / France), Director Mano Khalil

“Redemption of a Rogue” (Ireland), director Philip Doherty

“Run Woman Run” (Canada), director Zoe Leigh Hopkins (The festival will host a free community screening.)

“Secret name” (France), director Aurélia Georges

“Shankar’s Fairies” (India / Hong Kong), director Irfana Majumdar

Local spotlight

“Desert X 2021 – The Film” (United States / Ghana / Germany / Mexico / Saudi Arabia / Colombia / United Kingdom / Guatemala), director Dylan Robertson

“Invisible Valley” (United States), director Aaron Maurer

“Miracle in the Desert: The Rise and Fall of the Salton Sea” (United States), director Greg Bassenian

“My Name Is Lopez” (USA), Director P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes


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