Palm Springs Film Festival 2020 Lineup Long on International Films and Oscar Contenders


The 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival will open on Jan. 3 with Simone Godano’s Italian farce “An Almost Ordinary Summer” and close on Jan. 12 with Peter Cattaneo’s Kristin Scott Thomas/Sharon Horgan film “Military Wives,” PSIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.

The festival will screen 188 films from 81 different countries, including 51 of the 91 Oscar entries in the Best International Feature Film category. Those films will include Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” Ladj Ly’s “Les Miserables,” Karim Ainouz’s “Invisible Life,” Halina Reijn’s “Instinct,” Yaron Zilberman’s “Incitement,” Vaclav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird,” Kantemir Balagov’s “Beanpole,” Lila Aviles’ “The Chambermaid” and Antoneta Kastrati’s “Zana.”

Other programs will include the Talking Pictures series of conversations with filmmakers and authors from “Hustlers,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Motherless Brooklyn”; Focus on Italy, featuring seven Italian films including “The Traitor”; Modern Masters, which will present new films from Roy Andersson, Takashi Miike, Werner Herzog, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Agnes Varda, among other international auteurs; and New Voices New Visions, with a series of films from first- and second-time directors from more than a dozen countries.

PSIFF will also present a dozen LGBTQ-themed films in the Queer Cinema Today section; 20 documentaries, including Gabe Polsky’s “Red Penguins,” Lauren Greenfield’s “The Kingmaker” and Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche’s “Advocate”; and almost 60 films from around the globe in World Cinema Now, including Shannon Murphy’s “Babyteeth,” Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles’ “Bacuaru,” Guiseppe Capotondi’s “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency,” Michael Winterbottom’s “Greed” and Alice Winocour’s “Proxima.”

Fifty one of the festival’s films will be world, North American, international or U.S. premieres.

The 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from Jan. 3 through Jan. 12 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles, after its annual Awards Gala on Jan. 2.

The full list of films can be found at the festival website.

Oscar 2020 Contenders, From Awkwafina to Renee Zellweger (Exclusive Photos)

  • Awkwafina, The Farewell

    Actress Awkwafina, “The Farewell”

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  • Actor Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”

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  • Director Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

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  • Actors Finn Wittrock, Renée Zellweger and director Rupert Goold, “Judy”

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  • Actor Aldis Hodge, “Clemency”

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  • Actress Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

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  • Director Kasi Lemmons, “Harriet”

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  • Actor Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”

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  • Director Marielle Heller, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

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  • Actor Kelvin Harrison Jr., “Waves”

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  • Writer, director and actor Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”

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  • Actors Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart”

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  • Actor Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

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  • Actor Jonathan Majors, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

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  • Directors Josh and Ben Safdie with actor Adam Sandler, “Uncut Gems”

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  • Actor Kevin Garnett, “Uncut Gems”

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  • Actress Elisabeth Moss, “Her Smell”

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  • Actress Julia Butters, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

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  • Actor Noah Jupe, “Honey Boy” and “Ford v Ferrari”

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  • Actor Christopher Plummer, “Knives Out”

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  • Actress Jamie Lee Curtis, “Knives Out”

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  • Actress Toni Collette, “Knives Out”

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  • Actress Jessie Buckley, “Wild Rose”

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  • Actors Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and writer-director-actor Edward Norton, “Motherless Brooklyn”

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  • Actress Lolo Spencer, “Give Me Liberty”

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  • Directors Mati Diop and Antoneta Kastrati

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  • Director Mati Diop, “Atlantics”

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  • Director Antoneta Kastrati, “Zana”

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  • Songwriter Diane Warren, “Breakthrough”

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  • Director Alex Holmes and sailor Tracy Edwards, “Maiden”

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  • Actor Stellan Skarsgård and director Hans Pettre Moland, “Out Stealing Horses”

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  • Director Václav Marhoul, “The Painted Bird”

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  • Actress María Valverde and director Andrés Wood, “Spider”

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  • Director Halina Reijn, “Instinct”

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  • Actor Edward James Olmos, writer Robert Mailer Anderson and director Michael D. Olmos, “Windows on the World”

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  • Actress Florence Pugh, “Little Women”

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Antonio Banderas, Cynthia Erivo, Diane Warren and more are vying for Academy recognition this season

Actress Awkwafina, “The Farewell”

Photographed by Matt Sayles for TheWrap

Hair: Marcus Francis

Styling: Erica Cloud

Makeup: Kirin Bhatty

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