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‘Potiche’ to open Palm Springs

Fest kicks off on Jan. 6

The Palm Springs Film Festival has set French farce “Potiche” as its opening film on Jan. 6 and Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader” as its final feature on Jan. 16.

Festival lineup includes 193 films from 68 countries, including 59 premieres.

The U.S. premiere screening of “Potiche,” starring Catherine Deneuve, will be followed by a reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Chadwick is expected to attend the fest’s screening of “The First Grader,” centering on a former Mau Mau freedom fighter who takes advantage of a new Kenyan law to attend school.

World premieres include “Down the Shore,” starring James Gandolfini and Famke Janssen; “The Encore of Tony Duran”; “Fifty-Nothing,” starring Wendie Malick and Jessalyn Gilsig; the documentaries “The Last Lions” and “Rise”; “Little Murder,” starring Terrence Howard and Josh Lucas; “The Rescuers”; “Thanks,” starring Paul Dooley and Rita Rudner; and “Wild Horse, Wild Ride.”

North American premieres include “The Albanian,” “Beyond,” “Colors in the Dark,” “Dusk,” “Everything Will Be Fine,” “Young Goethe in Love,” “Habermann,” “Haru’s Journey,” “Madly in Love,” “Mammuth,” “The Names of Love,” “Next Year in Bombay,” “The Recipe,” “Simple Simon,” “Square Meter” and “Summer Coda.”

The festival will feature gala screenings of Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” and Max Winkler’s “Ceremony” and special presentations of Monte Hellman’s “Road to Nowhere,” Ed Gass-Donnelly’s “Small Town Murder Songs,” “Loose Cannons,” “Leading Ladies” and “The Hedgehog.”

U.S. premieres include “40,” “Acquainted With the Night,” “As if I Am Not There,” “Autumn Gold,” “Bardsongs,” “A Barefoot Dream,” “The Border,” “Cirkus,” “Daydream Nation,” “The Edge,” “Hello! How Are You?,” “Hermano,” “The Hunter,” “I Am Slave,” “I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors,” “The Life of Fish,” “The Light Thief,” “The Little Room,” “Lou,” “Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow,” “Oxygen,” “The Pipe,” “The Poll Diaries,” “The Runway,” “Solemn Promise,” “Songs of Love and Hate,” “Special Treatment,” “Turquaze,” “The Whistleblower,” “The Woman With a Broken Nose” and “Womb.”

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