“We are thrilled to launch this year’s festival with Selma, Ava DuVernay’s deeply moving civil rights drama, featuring an Oscar-worthy performance by David Oyelowo in the role of Dr. Martin Luther King” said Helen du Toit, artistic director for the festival. “The timing could hardly be better with the upcoming 50-year anniversary of the historical voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery. On a personal note, it is heartening that for the second consecutive year our Opening Night film is directed by a black woman. That, surely, is a sign of progress and a reason for hope.”
“The opportunity to close this year’s Festival with a rapturous new work by acclaimed master of music on film François Girard provides the perfect capper to a 10-day symphony of superb cinematic treats,” said Darryl Macdonald, Festival director. “Bookending this year’s exceptionally diverse lineup with these two remarkable American films makes for strong and quintessentially satisfying viewing from start to finish.”
The festival will also focus on 20 films form Eastern Europe in a new program titled Eastern Promises.
The Palm Springs Film Festival runs Jan. 2-12.