The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) reveals its complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters. 192 films from 65 countries, including 65 premieres will unspool at the Festival, running from January 2-12, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. World premieres include Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha (USA) starring James Franco, Horatio Sanz, Luis Guzman and Lin Shaye, Packed In A Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson (USA), Some Kind of Love (Canada), Spirit / Will / Loss (USA), Twenty-Five Palms (Luxembourg) a documentary on the 25th anniversary of the Palm Springs International Film Festival directed by Fabrizio Maltese, and Walter (USA) starring Justin Kirk, Virginia Madsen, William H. Macy, Neve Campbell and Peter Facinelli.
The award-winning documentary "ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL" (Sur le chemin de l'école) directed by Pascal Plisson, will open in Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York on February 6, 2015. ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL immerses us in the extraordinary routines of four different children who live in the four corners of the earth but all share the same thirst for learning. They understand that only education will allow them a better future and that is why, every day, they must set out on the long and perilous journey that will lead them to knowledge. Their sheer will to accomplish their dream leads them onto a path we have all walked - but never like this.
Oxford Film Festival announced the selections for its 12th annual festival, to be held February 26-March 1, 2015 at the Oxford Commons Malco. The opening night event includes the Mississippi premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of “The Sound and The Fury.” Directed by James Franco, who also stars alongside Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Tim Blake Nelson, The Sound and the Fury presents a portrait of the Compson family, former Southern aristocrats struggling to deal with the dissolution of their family and its reputation.
Eleven fictional and eight documentary films have been selected to screen in the 36th Panorama program of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival taking place from February 5 to 15, 2015. East Asia will again make a strong showing in 2015. Already confirmed are significant works by renowned directors from Taiwan and South Korea. With Paradise in Service, director Doze Niu Chen-Zer from Taiwan presents a difficult chapter of East Asian history that has hardly ever been dealt with before: the establishment of brothels to keep up the morale of armed forces in the battle “against Mao”. And with JK Youn’s epic Ode to My Father, South Korea, half of a still divided country, investigates the repercussions of the Korean War and their impact on today.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The 2014 registry list includes Joel and Ethan Coen’s cult classic, "The Big Lebowski," and Efraín Gutiérrez’s 1976 independent movie, "Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!," considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film. The documentaries and shorts named to the registry include "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport," a film examining the rescue operation that placed thousands of Jewish children with foster families in Great Britain prior to World War II; "Felicia," a 13-minute short that showcases a Watts neighborhood through a teenager’s first-person narrative; and the 1980 "Moon Breath Beat," created by animator Lisze Bechtold when she was a student at CalArts.
Julia Hart’s Black List Western feature, The Keeping Room, which had its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival is set to be released in the U.S. in 2015 via Drafthouse Films. Directed by Daniel Barber (Harry Brown), The Keeping Room focuses on the violent resilience and dramatic camaraderie of three Southern women as their home is besieged during the purges at the close of the American Civil War. Forced to defend their land and fight for their lives, the women take up arms against their male oppressors, shattering gender and genre conventions in the process.
The Ninth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival starting February 11 and continuing to February 15, 2015, in the historic coastal town of Beaufort, SC announces the film finalists. BIFF 2015 will unveil the inaugural award for the Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award, presented to that person whose career achievements in the areas of film, television or music have reflected positively on themselves and the state of South Carolina. The first award will be presented to Model and Actress Andie MacDowell, originally from Gaffney, SC. Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter and Best Selling Author Pat Conroy will present this inaugural award. Steve Rhea from Charleston, SC, will be presented the "Behind the Scenes" Award for his more than 30 years of work as a Film Location Specialist.
BIRDMAN was voted as the best film of 2014 by the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. The DFW Critics also voted the film's director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Best Director, Michael Keaton for Best Actor, and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki. Rounding out the list of the top 10 films of the year were BOYHOOD (2), THE IMITATION GAME (3), THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (4), THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (5), WHIPLASH (6), GONE GIRL (7), SELMA (8), WILD (9) and NIGHTCRAWLER (10).
The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will open on Friday, January 2 with the Golden Globe nominated Selma directed by Ava Duvernay. The Festival will wrap on Sunday, January 11 with the US premiere of Boychoir directed by François Girard. New this year, the festival will focus on 20 films from Eastern Europe in a program titled Eastern Promises. The festival runs January 2-12, 2015.
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, has won three top prizes at the 2014 awards of the Toronto Film Critics Association. In addition to the film’s Best Picture award, Linklater has won Best Director, and Patricia Arquette has been named Best Supporting Actress. The Toronto Film Critics Association also named its three finalists for the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award: Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve; The F Word, directed by Michael Dowse; and Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan.
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