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The Sense of an Ending
The Sense of an Ending

The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will open with the World Premiere screening of The Sense of an Ending, directed by Ritesh Batra on Thursday, January 5. The festival will close with The Comedian, directed by Taylor Hackford on Sunday, January 15. The Festival will screen 190 films from 72 countries, including 58 premieres (9 World, 5 International, 20 North American and 24 U.S.) from January 2 to 16, 2017.

PSIFF will open with the World Premiere of the CBS Film The Sense of an Ending, directed by Ritesh Batra. The film stars Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling who team up with the director of The Lunchbox in this mesmerizing adaptation of Julian Barnes’s acclaimed novel about time, memory, jealousy, and the lies we tell ourselves to survive. The film also stars Harriet Walter, Freya Mavor, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode and Billy Howle. The film opens in NY and LA on March 10th.

Closing the festival will be the Sony Pictures Classics film The Comedian, directed by Taylor Hackford. Robert De Niro stars as Jackie Burke, a bitter, angry insult comic who was once the popular star of a TV sitcom, and is now trying to claw his way back on the stand-up circuit, one scabrous joke at a time. The film’s supporting cast features Leslie Mann, Danny Devito, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Keitel, Patti LuPone and Edie Falco.

Additional programming for the festival includes:

The festival will screen two of the films selected as part of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch which include Aquarius (Brazil/France), directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and The Eagle Huntress (UK/Mongolia/U.S.), directed by Otto Bell.

Two films will screen in the Dinner & A Movie section which are Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story (U.S.), directed by Brett A. Schwartz and Tampopo (Japan), directed by Juzo Itami.

The festival’s Gay!La screening will be the North American Premiere of ABC’s When We Rise directed by Gus Van Sant.

Four Special Presentations including the World Premiere of Breakable You (U.S.), the U.S. Premiere of King of the Dancehall (U.S./Jamaica) directed by Nick Cannon, Old Money (Austria) directed by David Schalko and starring Udo Kier, and the North American Premiere of The Hippopotamus.

Other Festival films with notable talent and directors include After Love (Belgium/France) starring Bérénice Béjo, Camera Store (U.S.) starring John Larroquette, John Rhys Davies and Cheryl Ladd, The Girl with all the Gifts starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close, Everything Else (Mexico/US/France) starring Adriana Barraza, Paint It Black (U.S.) directed by Amber Tamblyn and starring Alia Shawkat, Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina, and Youth in Oregon (U.S.) directed by Joel David Morre and starring Frank Langella, Billy Crudup, Christina Applegate, Mary Kay Place and Josh Lucas.

Lineup of 28th Palm Springs International Film Festival


World premieres:

The Beautiful Fantastic (UK/U.S.), Director Simon Aboud
Breakable You (U.S.), Director Andrew Wagner with Holly Hunter, Tony Shalhoub and Alfred Molina
The Concessionaires Must Die! (U.S.), Director America Young
Do It or Die! (U.S), Director Jørn Winther
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) (U.S./France), Director Colin Hanks
Everybody Loves Somebody (Mexico), Director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta with Karla Souza
Poorna (India), Director Rahul Bose
The Sense of an Ending (UK/U.S.), Director Ritesh Batra
Take Me Home Huey (U.S.), Directors Alicia Brauns and Christine Steele

International premieres:

The 4th Company (Mexico/Spain), Directors Amir Galván Cervera and Mitzi Vanessa Arreola
Call Me Thief (South Africa), Director Daryne Joshua
Julie and the Shoe Factory (France), Directors Paul Calori and Kostia Testut
Tonio (Netherlands), Director Paula van der Oest
Xamou (Greece), Director Clio Fanouraki

North American premieres:

At the End of the Tunnel (Argentina/Spain), Director Rodrigo Grande
Bad Influence (Chile), Director Claudia Huaiquimill
Dark Skull (Bolivia/Qatar), Director Kiro Russo
The Day Will Come (Denmark), Director Jesper W. Nielsen
Ethel & Ernest (UK/Luxembourg), Director Roger Mainwood with the voices of Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent
Half Ticket (India), Director Samit Kakkad
The Hippopotamus (UK), Director John Jencks with Roger Allam, Matthew Modine and Fiona Shaw
A Jew Must Die (Switzerland), Director Jacob Berger
King of the Belgians (Belgium/Netherlands/Bulgaria), Director Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth
The Liberation of Skopje (Macedonia/Croatia/Finland), Directors Rade Šerbedžija and Danilo Šerbedžija
Mellow Mud (Latvia), Director Renārs Vimba
Mercenary (France), Director Sacha Wolff
Mountain Cry (China), Director Larry Yang
No Dress Code Required (Mexico), Director Cristina Herrera Bórquez
The Spy and the Poet (Estonia), Director Toomas Hussar
Tommy’s Honour (U.S.), Director Jason Connery
The Turkish Way (Spain), Director Luis González
Vincent and the End of the World (Belgium/France), Director Christophe Van Rompaey
When We Rise (U.S.), Director Gus Van Sant with Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths and Rosie O’Donnell
The Winter (Argentina/France), Director Emiliano Torres

U.S. premieres:

Barakah Meets Barakah (Saudi Arabia), Director Mahmoud Sabbagh
Behind the Clouds (Belgium), Director Cecilia Verheyden
Blessed Benefit (Jordan/Germany/Netherlands), Director Mahmoud al Massad
Brimstone (Netherlands/Germany/France/Belgium/Sweden/UK), Director Martin Koolhoven with Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning
Center of My World (Germany/Austria), Director Jakob M. Erwa
Daguerrotype (France/Japan/Belgium), Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
The Distinguished Citizen (Argentina/Spain), Director Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat
In Between (Israel/France), Director Maysaloun Hamoud
It’s Not the Time of My Life (Hungary), Director Szabolcs Hajdu
J: Beyond Flamenco (Spain), Director Carlos Saura
King of the Dancehall (U.S./Jamaica), Director Nick Cannon with Louis Gossett, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg and Busta Rhymes
The King’s Choice (Norway), Director Erik Poppe
KONELĪNE: our land beautiful (Canada), Director Nettie Wild
Little Wing (Finland/Denmark), Director Selma Vilhunen
Ma’ Rosa (Philippines), Director Brillante Mendoza
Memories of Summer (Poland), Director Adam Guziński
Noces (Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan), Director Stephan Streker
Past Life (Israel), Director Avi Nesher
Pihu (India), Director Vinod Kapri
Souvenir (Belgium/Luxembourg / France), Director Bavo Defurne with Isabelle Huppert
The Stopover (France/Greece), Director Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin
A United Kingdom (UK), Director Amma Asante with Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo
White Sun (Nepal/US/Qatar/ Netherlands), Director Deepak Rauniyar
X500 (Canada/Colombia/Mexico), Director Juan Andrés Arango


The festival’s country focus this year offers new works by contemporary Polish filmmakers, each evoking a specific time and place in their country’s history and examining politics both personal and institutional. The section also honors Andrzej Wajda, one of the greats of European cinema, with screenings of his final work Afterimage as well as an archival print of his 1958 masterpiece Ashes and Diamonds. The films in the program include:

Afterimage (Poland), Director Andrzej Wajda
Ashes and Diamonds (Poland), Director Andrzej Wajda
Memories of Summer (Poland), Director Adam Guziński
The Last Family (Poland), Director Jan P. Matuszyński
United States of Love (Poland/Sweden), Director Tomasz Wasilewski
Zacma: Blindness (Poland), Director Ryszard Bugajski


The New Voices/New Visions competition showcases ten films from emerging international directors bringing their first or second narrative features to the Festival. The winner is selected by a jury of festival programmers and U.S. distributors. Films selected for this year include:

Barakah Meets Barakah (Saudi Arabia), Director Mahmoud Sabbagh
Boundaries (Canada), Director Chloé Robichaud
In Between (Israel/France), Director Maysaloun Hamoud
Julie and the Shoe Factory (France), Director Paul Calori, Kostia Testut
Kati Kati (Kenya/Germany), Director Mbithi Masya
Little Wing (Finland/Denmark), Director Selma Vilhunen
Mellow Mud (Latvia), Director Renārs Vimba
The Winter (Argentina/France), Director Emiliano Torres
White Sun (Nepal/U.S./Qatar/Netherlands), Director Deepak Rauniyar
Zoology (Russia/France/Germany), Director Ivan I. Tverdovsky


The Modern Masters section features ten films from international directors who set the standards for contemporary cinema. Films selected for this year include:

A Quiet Passion (UK/Belgium), Director Terence Davies
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (U.S.), Director Steve James
After the Storm (Japan), Director Hirokazu Kore-eda
The Commune (Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands), Director Thomas Vinterberg
Daguerrotype (France/Japan/Belgium), Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Frantz (France/Germany), Director François Ozon
I Am Not Madame Bovary (China), Director Feng Xiaogang
I, Daniel Blake (UK/France/Belgium), Director Ken Loach
J: Beyond Flamenco (Spain), Director Carlos Saura
The Net (South Korea), Director Kim Ki-duk
Past Life (Israel), Director Avi Nesher
Personal Shopper (France), Director Olivier Assayas
The Teacher (Slovakia/Czech Republic), Director Jan Hrebejk
The Unknown Girl (Belgium/France), Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne


There’s a film for every interest in True Stories, and many of the documentaries in this year’s section place a particular focus on the arts – from music and dance, to fashion and Hollywood.

Aida’s Secrets (Israel/U.S./Germany/Canada), Directors Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
Alive and Kicking (U.S./Sweden), Director Susan Glatzer
Beauties of the Night (Mexico), Director María José Cuevas
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (U.S.), Director Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends), (U.S./France), Director Colin Hanks
Forever Pure (Israel/UK/Ireland/Norway), Director Maya Zinshtein
Franca: Chaos and Creation (Italy/U.S.), Director Francesco Carrozzini
Gun Runners (Canada), Director Anjali Nayar
I Am Not Your Negro (U.S./France/Belgium/Switzerland), Director Raoul Peck
I Called Him Morgan (Sweden/U.S.), Director Kasper Collin
Jewel’s Catch One (U.S.), Director C. Fitz
Karl Marx City (U.S./Germany), Directors Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Kedi (Turkey/U.S./Germany), Director Ceyda Torun
Keep Quiet (UK/Hungary), Directors Sam Blair, Joseph Martin
KONELĪNE: our land beautiful, (Canada), Director Nettie Wild
Magicians: Life in the Impossible (U.S.), Directors Christoph Baaden, Marcie Hume
No Dress Code Required (Mexico), Director Cristina Herrera Bórquez
Obit. (U.S.), Director Vanessa Gould
Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (U.S.), Directors Adam Schlesinger, Linda Saffire
Take Me Home Huey (U.S.), Directors Alicia Brauns, Christine Steele
The Turkish Way (Spain), Director Luis González
Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (Israel/UK), Directors Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann, Alexander Bodin Saphir
Wrestling Alligators (U.S.), Director Andrew Shea


After Dark films are the mysterious strangers in town, films that lurk in the shadows and tempt you into the unknown. The festival’s youngest section comes of age in 2017, as it includes the UK’s Oscar® entry in Under the Shadow, as well as films featuring Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, and Glenn Close. The films selected include:

Brimstone (Netherlands/Germany/France/Belgium/Sweden/UK), Director Martin Koolhoven
The Girl with All the Gifts (UK/U.S.), Director Colm McCarthy
Under the Shadow (UK/Jordan/Qatar), Director Babak Anvari
The Untamed (Mexico/Denmark/France/Germany/Norway), Director Amat Escalante


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