Palm Springs Film Festival highlights


  • Chelsea’s contemporary art scene takes some gentle ribbing in director Jonathan Parker’s “(untitled).”

  • Mira Sorvino plays a mother trying to keep ex-con hubby Barry Pepper away from her son in “Like Dandelion Dust.”

  • “Alien Trespass,” from frequent “X-Files” helmer R.W. Goodwin, imagines love between a waitress and an alien.

  • Newcomer Cedric Sanders stars in “The Least Among You,” based on the true story of a South Central youth sent to an all-white seminary.


Screening-party combos honor the following countries:

  • Filipino fete follows North American preem of “Ploning,” from Dante Nico Garcia.

  • Paolo Sorrentino’s biopic of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, “Il Divo,” kicks off fest’s Italian reception.

  • Israeli reception precedes screening of Ari Folman’s animated “Waltz With Bashir.”


  • “Che” isn’t the year’s only ambitious two-part biopic. Four-hour “Public Enemy Number One” tries to pin down French kingpin Jacques Mesrine.


Foreign-language entries up for Acad consideration include:

  • Belgian comedy “Eldorado,” directed by Bouli Lanners

  • Chile’s “Tony Manero,”

    directed by Pablo Larrain

  • Iran’s “The Song of Sparrows,” directed by Majid Majidi

  • Jordan’s “Captain Abu Raed,” directed by Amin Matalqa

  • Kazakhstan’s “Tulpan,” directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy


Master classes and seminars address such topics as:

  • Tales From the Script: Screenwriting tips, inspired by Peter Hanson’s new docu.

  • Closeup on Cameramen: Two Oscar-winning d.p.s offer insights on classic movie clips.

  • “Midnight Cowboy”: Variety Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart hosts a panel with talent from the taboo-breaking Oscar winner.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety