Palm Springs Film Fest announces Scandi pix

Modern Masters features Mike Newell, Sally Potter

The Palm Springs Film Festival will screen 42 of the 71 Oscar foreign-language film submissions and has introduced a new program, Nordic Light, featuring Scandinavian films.

“This year’s lineup features celebrated veteran auteurs sharing the stage with films by a large number of audacious new talents — indeed, almost a third of this year’s PSIFF filmmakers are marking their feature film debut,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald.

“This has been the strongest year that I have ever seen for submissions,” said artistic director Helen du Toit.

The fest, which runs Jan. 3-14, presents the most foreign-language film entries of any festival.

Foreign-language entries include “Amour,” “War Witch,” “A Royal Affair,” “Intouchables,” “Barbara,” “Caesar Must Die,” “Kon-Tiki,” “Beyond the Hills” and “Blancanieves.”

Macdonald pointed to Nordic Light selections by established filmmakers Lasse Hallstrom, Thomas Vinterberg and Baltasar Kormakur as well as promising debut directors like Mikael Marcimain (“Call Girl”), Gabriela Pichler (“Eat Sleep Die”) and Dag Johan Haugerud (“I Belong”). “This special section vividly reflects the ongoing emergence of a newly revitalized Scandinavian cultural aesthetic,” he said.

The Modern Masters section includes Sally Potter’s “Ginger and Rosa,” Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations,” Patrice Leconte’s “Suicide Shop” and Bille August’s “Marie Kroyer.”

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