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Palm Springs fest reveals 80-pic lineup

The fifth annual Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, which will unspool Jan. 6- 16, will feature a lineup of some 80 films, with a sprinkling of offerings from major international sources.

Along with its previously announced Desert Palm Achievement Award to Sophia Loren, fest will present a retrospective of the work of the late Federico Fellini, and intends to offer an American independent sidebar.

At a press confab Monday, artistic director Mark Diamond, who only signed on in October after former director Darryl Macdonald departed for the Hamptons Fest , announced 40 titles to be presented. Additional entries, including the opening-night attraction, will be revealedwithin the next couple of weeks.

Among the new American offerings on tap will be Michael Apted’s “Blink,” John Dahl’s “The Last Seduction” (formerly “Buffalo Girls”) starring Linda Fiorentino and Bill Pullman, and John Bailey’s “China Moon” with Ed Harris and Madeleine Stowe.

Other U.S. entries are Abel Ferrara’s “Body Snatchers,” Paul Williams’ “The November Men,” Robert Munic’s “The Pros and Cons of Breathing,” Peter Medak’s “Romeo Is Bleeding” and Eric Schaeffer’s “My Life’s in Turnaround.”

U.S. docus on the bill are “Rhinoskin: The Making of a Movie Star,””Living Proof: HIV and the Pursuit of Happiness” and “Storytellers in Lincoln County.”

The restored versions of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “El Cid” also will be shown.

Five candidates for the foreign-language Oscar will be on view: “Le Sexe des etoiles” from Canada, “Cronos” from Mexico, “The Telegraphist” from Norway, “Valley of Abraham” from Portugal and “Belle Epoque” from Spain.

Seven other Canadian pix will unspool: “The Myth of the Male Orgasm,””The Boys of St. Vincent,””Because Why,””Harmony Cats,””Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould,””La Florida” and “Cadillac Girls.”

Also skedded are five Italian titles –“Fiorile,””La Scorta,””Death of a Neopolitan Mathematician,””The Long Silence” and “Stephano Quantestorie”– and four French entries –“Savage Nights,””Apres l’Amour,””Bitter Moon” and “Les Visiteurs.”

Other films are “Bhaji on the Beach” and “The Cement Garden” from the U.K., “The Blue Kite” from China, “Younger and Younger” from Germany/U.S., “The Silver Brumby” from Australia and “Desperate Remedies” from New Zealand.

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