Well, the cinematic cat is out of the bag for the start of 2015. The Palm Springs International Film Festival has revealed the complete list of films and events that will unspool between January 2-12 at its five theatrical venues: Regal Palm Springs 9, the Camelot Theatre, the Palm Springs High School, the Annenberg Theatre at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Palm Canyon Theatre.
There will be 192 films, from 65 countries, shown during the festival. Among them will be 65 premieres: seven world debuts, five international, 20 North American, and 33 U.S. And—hear this!—50 of the 83 motion pictures submitted for consideration for the Foreign Language Oscar will be exhibited. Perhaps most impressive of all, at least to moi, is the fact that a whopping 22% of the movies celebrated in Palm Springs will have been directed by female. That’s awesome, considering that Hollywood studios have a relatively dismal 4.4% track record.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at all venues—plus online at www.psfilmfest.org—December 26. But by all means go online now and peruse the program so that you can map out your strategy. And remember: There are plenty of Six-Packs (six tix at a discounted price) still available, which provide a considerable savings.
As for the Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, joining previously announced honorees Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Linklater, and the cast of “The Imitation Game” are David Oyelowo—who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in the brilliant “Selma,” chosen as this 26th annual festival’s opening film—and a certain seasoned actor who will receive the Icon Award, but whose identity I am not at liberty to divulge at press time. But like everything else about the Palm Springs International Film Festival, he’s already a winner!