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Palm Springs Film Festival highlights

WORLD PREMIERES

  • 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.

CELEBRATING CULTURE

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.”

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

  • “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.

OSCAR CONTENDERS

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


TALKING PICTURES

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.

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