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December 27, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS
The sixth annual Palm Springs International Film Festival opens Jan. 5 with the Australian film "Muriel's Wedding," starring Toni Collette as a young woman in search of her Prince Charming. This year's 10-day festival will present more than 100 films, highlighted by 10 world premieres and more than 20 North American or U.S. premieres. Among the key films to be shown are "Strawberry & Chocolate," "Camilla," "Tom & Viv," Diane Kurys' "Six Days, Six Nights" and "The Last Good Time."
January 17, 2004 | Scarlet Cheng, Special to The Times
As the Palm Springs International Film Festival draws to a close, moviegoers this weekend have the opportunity to catch "Infernal Affairs," the movie that single-handedly revived the moribund Hong Kong film industry. Currently scheduled for a June U.S. release by Miramax, this tautly paced police thriller is Hong Kong's submission for the best foreign language film category in the Academy Awards.
December 17, 2004
"Coach Carter," based on the experiences of a high school basketball coach who led a team of disadvantaged teens from zero to heroes, will raise the curtain on this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival, which will run Jan. 6 to 16, boasts several Oscar contenders in the foreign language and documentary categories, as well as some movies that have not yet played in theaters. "Coach Carter" stars Samuel L.
January 5, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
THERE'S a delicate balance to be struck when it comes to crafting a film festival lineup, said Carl Spence, director of programming for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. "Part of being a successful festival is knowing your audience," Spence said, "and how you cannot just cater to them, so they will see exactly what they want, but how to challenge them and provide a more stimulating experience for the festival-goer." Take this year's lineup.
January 13, 2008 | Monica Corcoran, Times Staff Writer
THE pall of the writers strike certainly didn't douse the high wattage of the 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival last weekend. Much like the ominous clouds in the desert sky threatening to dampen the proceedings, it just loomed. At a reunion dinner for the "Hairspray" folks at the Parker Palm Springs hotel Friday night, talk pirouetted from the fate of the Golden Globes to memories of the late Barry White.
February 2, 2003 | Deborah Sullivan Brennan, Special to The Times
With record attendance, glowing reviews and a global mix of movies, the Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival ended Jan. 20, having achieved the sweep of world cinema that organizers envisioned when the event was launched 14 years ago. About 75,000 people saw more than 200 short or feature films from 60 countries and every continent but Antarctica. Among them was the majority of films submitted in the Academy Awards' foreign language category.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival, which starts today, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year on a promising note. Festival programmer Monica Breckenridge said in a recent interview that because of the anniversary the festival will be "much more ambitious than in years past. . . . We've more than doubled the Academy Award submissions in its best foreign film category. We want to make Palm Springs a niche festival, a showcase for the best foreign film entries from around the world."
January 14, 2009 | Alicia Lozano
Palm Springs is probably the only place cinephiles can take in 16 French movies in two weeks and watch a roadrunner scuttle alongside the base of a snow-capped mountain. "It's different here," quipped director Francis Veber, as he relaxed in a wicker chair at the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel's bar. "You open windows to the rest of the world. I wouldn't go to a Bulgarian or Korean movie anywhere else."
Filmmaker Joseph Cedar said he faced a spirited audience last Sunday when his award-winning but controversial feature "Time of Favor" ("Ha' Hesder") had its U.S. premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. As is customary at the festival, the director, who was born in the U.S. but raised in Israel, took the stage for a question-and-answer session after the screening.
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