Fest Springs lineup

Ninth Nortel fest to screen 105 pics in '98

The ninth annual Nortel Palm Springs Intl. Festival announced its 1998 lineup of 105 films Thursday. Executive director Craig Prater said the program — running from Jan. 8-19 — includes 41 U.S. and eight world premieres.

Sergio Rubini’s “The Bride’s Journey” from Italy is the event’s curtain raiser. Set in the 17th century, the film centers on a young noblewoman who becomes stranded in the Italian countryside when her escorts are killed by a ruthless gang of bandits. Closing night is the U.S. premiere of Stefan Schwartz’s “Shooting Fish,” starring Dan Futterman, Kate Beckinsale and Stuart Townsend. The tale of three con artists is a highly charged film noir replete with scams, double crosses and double-double crosses.

The gala screening series includes Brazil’s Academy Award submission “Four Days in September,” directed by Bruno Barreto and starring Alan Arkin; Philip Saville’s “Metroland,” starring Christian Bale and Emily Watson; Radoslaw Piwowarski’s “The Dark Side of Venus”; Francesco Rosi’s “The Truce,” starring John Turturro; Isabel Coixet’s “Things I Never Told You,” starring Lili Taylor and Andrew McCarthy; Richard Murphy’s “Betty,” starring Cheryl Pollak, Holland Taylor and Ron Perlman; and Gillies MacKinnon’s “Regeneration,” starring Jonathan Pryce and James Wilby.

The fest continues a tradition of screening foreign-language Oscar submissions with 13 in the 1998 lineup. They include: Argentina’s “Ashes From Paradise”; “Character” from the Netherlands; Canada’s “Cosmos”; Czech Republic’s “A Forgotten Light”; Poland’s “Love Stories”; Yugoslavia’s “Three Summer Days”; Austria’s “The Unfish”; Cuba’s “Vertical Love”; and Hungary’s “The Witman Boys.”

Highlighting this year’s festival will be the Wild Wild East sidebar focusing on the new cinema from Eastern Europe, screening 19 films from eight countries, with a special screening and panel discussion of Ivan Passer’s “Law & Disorder.”

In addition, the festival will feature a tribute to Martin Luther King, with such selections as “When We Were Kings,” “Angelou on Burns” and “Mandela, Son of Africa, Father of a Nation.”

The 1998 lineup:

“The Accompaniment” (Saaz), directed by Sai Paranjpye; India 1997; U.S. premiere

“All My Lenins,” directed by Hardi Volmer; Estonia 1997; U.S. premiere

“American Perfekt,” directed by Paul Chart; U.S. 1997

“Artemesia,” directed by Agnes Merlet; France/Italy 1997; U.S. premiere

“Ashes From Paradise” (Cenizas del Paraiso), directed by Marcelo Pineyro; Argentina 1997

“Badlands,” directed by Terrence Malick; U.S. 1973

“Bag of Rice” (Kiseje berenj), directed by Mohammed Ali Talebi Far; Iran 1996

“Best Man: ‘Best Boy’ and All of Us Twenty Years Later,” directed by Ira Wohl; U.S. 1997

“Bitter Sugar” (Azucar amarga), directed by Leon Ichaso; Dominican Republic 1996; U.S. premiere

“Blue Heaven” (Modre z nebe), directed by Eva Borusovicova; Slovak Republic/Czech Republic 1997

“Brother” (Brat), directed by Alexei Balabanov; Russia 1997

“Character” (Karakter), directed by Mike van Diem; The Netherlands 1996

“The Cherry Pick” (De kersenpluk), directed by Arno Kranenborg; The Netherlands 1996

“The Christmas Oratorio” (Juloratoriet), directed by Kjell-Ake Andersson; Sweden 1996

“Comodines,” directed by Jorge Nisco; Brazil 1997; U.S. premiere

“Conspirators of Pleasure” (Spiklenci slasti), directed by Jan Svankmajer; Czech Republic/U.K. 1996

“Cool Crime,” directed by Jerome Cohen-Olivar; U.S. 1997; world premiere

“Cosmos,” directed by Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, Andre Turpin, Denis Villeneuve; Canada 1997; U.S. premiere

“Cost of Living,” directed by Stan Schofield; U.S. 1997

“Courting Courtney,” directed by Paul Tarantino; U.S. 1996

“Doing Time for Patsy Cline,” directed by Chris Kennedy; Australia 1997; U.S. premiere

“The Dress” (De jurk), directed by Alex van Warmerdam; The Netherlands 1996

“East Side Story,” directed by Dana Ranga; Germany 1997

“Educating Girls in Bohemia” (Vychova divek v cechach), directed by Petr Koliha; Czech Republic 1997; U.S. premiere

“Elles,” directed by Luis Galvao Teles; Luxembourg 1997; U.S. premiere

“Exile in Sarajevo,” directed by Tahir Cambis, Alma Sahbaz; Australia 1997; U.S. premiere

“Felix,” directed by Bozo Sprajc; Slovenia 1996; U.S. premiere

“Finding North,” directed by Tanya Wexler; U.S. 1997; world premiere

“Forbidden City Cop” (Tainoi mattam linlingfat), directed by Vincent Kok; Hong Kong 1996

“A Forgotten Light” (Zapomenute svetlo), directed by Vladimir Michalek; Czech Republic 1996

“Franchesca Page,” directed by Kelley Sane; U.S. 1997

“From Scratch” (Vsitchco ot nula), directed by Ivan Pavlov; Bulgaria 1996; U.S. premiere

“Funny Games,” directed by Michael Haneke; Austria 1997; U.S. premiere

“Gone With the Train” (Ekspres, Ekspres), directed by Igor Sterk; Slovenia 1997; U.S. premiere

“Hard Boiled Egg” (Ovosodo), directed by Paolo Virzi; Italy 1997; U.S. premiere

“Headless Chicken” (Le secret de polchinelle), directed by Franck Landron; France 1996; U.S. premiere.

“Hub Cap World,” directed by L.K. Noller; U.S. 1997; world premiere

“I Married a Strange Person,” directed by Bill Plympton; U.S. 1997; U.S. premiere

“I’m Crazy About Iris Blonde” (Sono pazzo di Iris Blond), directed by Carlo Verdone; Italy 1997

“The Imposter” (El Impostor), directed by Alejandro Maci; Argentina 1997

“In the Name of Innocence” (In Namen der Unschuld), directed by Andreas Kleinert; Germany 1997

“Inside Out: Portraits of Children,” directed by Joanna Lipper; U.K./U.S. 1996; shown with Ram Prasad’s short film, “The Colors of the Sun,” India 1997

“Jaya Ganga,” directed by Vijay Singh; India/France /U.S. 1996

“Kiler,” directed by Juliusz Machulski; Poland 1997

“Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” directed by Thomas Jahnl; Germany 1997

“Knowledge of Healing,” directed by Franz Reichle; Switzerland 1996; U.S. premiere

“Larga Distancia,” directed by Greg Smith; U.S./Mexico 1997; world premiere

“Levitation,” directed by Scott D. Goldstein; U.S. 1997

“Lisa,” directed by Jan Keymeulen; Belguim 1996; U.S. premiere

“Little Angel,” directed by Helke Misselwitz; Germany 1996

“Little Love Dictionary,” (O pequeno dicionario amoroso), directed by Sandra Werneck; Brazil 1997; U.S. premiere

“Long Twilight” (Hosszu alkony), directed by Attila Janisch; Hungary; U.S. premiere

“The Long Way Home,” directed by Mark J. Harris; U.S. 1997

“Love and Death on Long Island,” directed by Richard Kwietniowski; England/Canada 1997; U.S. premiere

“Love, Math and Sex” (C’est la tangente que je prefere), directed by Charlotte Silvera; France 1997; U.S. premiere

“Love Stories,” directed by Jerzy Stuhr; Poland 1997

“Lucky Star,” directed by Ricardo Franco; Spain 1997; U.S. premiere

“Mandragora,” directed by Wiktor Grodecki; Czech Republic 1997

“Meta-Mecano,” directed by Rudolf Gerber; Switzerland 1997; world premiere

“Nil By Mouth,” directed by Gary Oldman; England 1997; U.S. premiere

“Not a Love Song,” directed by Jan Ralske; Germany 1997

“Orbis Pictus,” directed by Martin Sulik; Slovak Republic/Czech Republic 1997; U.S. premiere

“Oyster and the Wind,” directed by Walter Lima, Jr.; Portugal 1997; U.S. premiere

“Paint Your Wagon,” directed by Joshua Logan; U.S. 1969

“Pale Saints,” directed by Joel Wyner; Canada 1997; U.S. premiere

“Paris Was a Woman,” directed by Greta Schiller; England 1996

“Passage” directed by Juraj Herz; Czech Republic 1996; U.S. premiere

“Post Coitum, Animal Triste,” directed by Brigitte Ronan; France 1997

“R.I.P. Rest in Pieces,” directed by Robert-Adrian Pejo; Austria 1997; U.S. premiere

“Scratch the Surface,” directed by Tara Fitzpatrick; U.S. 1997

“The Sea Hawk,” directed by Frank Lloyd; U.S. 1924

“Shooting Porn,” directed by Ronnie Larsen ; U.S. 1996

“Shopping for Fangs,” directed by Quentin Lee, Justin Lin; Canada/U.S. 1997

“Still Breathing,” directed by James F. Robinson; U.S. 1997

“Stone Bridge” (Kamenny most), directed by Tomas Vorel; Czech Republic 1996; U.S. premiere

“Stone, Scissors, Paper,” directed by Stephen Whittaker; England 1996; U.S. premiere

“Stracciatella” (Sztracsatella), directed by Andras Kern; Hungary 1996

“A Stranger in the Kingdom,” directed by Jay Craven; U.S. 1997; world premiere

“Three Summer Days” (Letnja dana), directed by Mirjana Vukomanovic; Yugoslavia 1997; U.S. premiere

“Tokyo Fist,” directed by Shinya Tsukamoto; Japan 1995

“Twilight of the Ice Nymphs,” directed by Guy Maddin; Canada 1997

“Two Girls and a Guy,” directed by James Toback; U.S. 1997

“The Unfish” (Der Unfisch), directed by Robert Dornhelm; Austria 1997

“The Unseen” (Nespatrene), directed by Miroslav Janek; Czech Republic 1996

“Vertical Love” (Amor Vertical), directed by Arturo Sotto; Cuba 1997; U.S. premiere

“Voices Through Time,” directed by Franco Piavoli; Italy 1996

“The Witman Boys” (Witman Fik), directed by Janos Szasz; Hungary 1996

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