Palm Springs Film Fest skeds 3 world preems

The Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, Jan. 7-17, has announced the rest of its lineup, which includes three world premieres.

Opening gala premiere Jan. 7 will be the British entry “Map of the Human Heart,” directed by Vincent Ward and starring Jason Scott Lee, Anne Parillaud and Patrick Bergen.

The next night, the official opening-night selection is another world preem from the U.K.: “Ethan Frome,” based on Edith Wharton’s novel and starring Liam Neeson and Patricia Arquette. Director is John Madden.

The third world premiere is “The Music of Chance,” a U.S. entry from director Philip Haas. It stars James Spader, Mandy Patinkin and M. Emmet Walsh.

Festival artistic director Darryl Macdonald confirmed several additional North American premieres: “The Offense” from Germany, directed by Heiner Crow; and two British films, “Soft Top Hard Shoulder” by director Stefan Schwartz and “Tales of a Vampire” directed by Shimako Sato and starring Julian Sands.

Three Italian films will make their North American debut: “Going South” from director Pasquale Pozzessere, “Nice People” directed by Francesco Laudadio and “The Italians” with Marco Risi at the helm.

The list of North American premieres also includes “Oh Boy” from the Netherlands and director Orlow Seunke, “Jamon, Jamon,” a Spanish entry by director Bigas Luna and “Walls and Bridges” from the U.S. directed by Uzo.

The festival also includes several newly announced American premieres, including the Argentinian film “The Dark Side of the Heart” by director Eliseo Subiela; Australian Paul Cox’s “Nun and the Bandit”; the Italian Massimo Guglielmi’s “I Thought It Was Love”; Poland’s Oscar entry “All That Really Matters” from director Robert Glinski; Serbian entry “Tango Argentino” by Goran Paskaljevic; and two Spanish films, “Krapatchouk” from director Enrique Gabriel Lipschutz and Spain’s Oscar entry, “The Fencing Master” starring Assumta Serna and Omero Antonutti and directed by Pedro Alea.

Among the foreign-language film Oscar submissions, the festival announced the addition of the Danish entry from Liv Ullmann, “Sofie.”

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