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‘Ballroom’ is PS fest favorite

The fourth annual Palm Springs Intl. Film festival wrapped this past weekend after showcasing 90 international films and topping $ 165,688, a 41% increase from the previous year’s total of $ 117,360.

Also, attendance jumped 34% with an estimated 39,760 moviegoers at the event this year.

“Strictly Ballroom,” the Australian entry directed by Baz Luhrmann, received the festival’s most popular film prize, voted by festival-goers.

Most popular European film honors were given to “Sofie,” the Danish entry directed by Liv Ullmann, and a special jury prize of merit went to Ullmann for exceptional artistic merit.

“Indochine” (France) and “The Fencing Master” (Spain) were runners-up in the most popular film category.

The new directors showcase jury awarded Helmut Dietl top honors for his debut film “Schtonk.”

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