January 7, 1999 |
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 |
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."
January 19, 2001 |
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.
January 10, 1994 |
Sonny Bono was clearly befuddled. The ex-mayor of Palm Springs, founder of the 5-year-old Palm Springs International Film Festival, squinted at his notes and gripped the microphone like a man adrift. "Is this thing on?" he croaked. Those gathered at the Plaza Theater for the festival's opening-night screening last Thursday of the French hit "Les Visiteurs" fidgeted and giggled when Bono held up a letter from President Clinton but then declined to read it due to political differences.
January 6, 2005 |
Originally founded by then Mayor Sonny Bono, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has over the years become one of Southern California's premier outlets for foreign language films, while at the same time remaining an unfairly unheralded event. Among the strongest features of the festival is its tradition of screening many, if not most, of the movies eligible for the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
January 8, 1992 |
The weeklong Palm Springs International Film Festival, which opens tonight with Mike Newell's "Enchanted April," a period British comedy featuring Joan Plowright and Miranda Richardson, has accomplished in only three years what other festivals take at least a decade to achieve.
January 13, 1992 |
The weeklong, third annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which reached its halfway point during the weekend, looks to be another winner for this fledgling event. First-rate films are in abundance, attendance is strong and James Stewart, this year's special honoree, heads a list of 30 actors, 27 directors, 10 producers, eight screenwriters and 45 distributors who have come from all over the world to participate.
January 7, 1998 |
The ninth annual Nortel Palm Springs International Film Festival will present 105 films representing 38 countries, from Thursday through Jan. 19 at various venues throughout the desert resort city. There will be 41 U.S. premieres, three world premieres and 13 foreign films that have been entered into the Academy Awards. A special highlight of the festival will be "The Wild, Wild East," a series of 19 films from Eastern Europe.
January 11, 1991 |
When Mayor Sonny Bono launched the Palm Springs International Film Festival last year with gusts of hyperbole that it would become the Cannes of the West Coast, some people scoffed that the mayor was simply having a few of his old Hollywood friends out for a clambake at the desert community's expense.