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Celebrity red carpet run-ins a highlight of film fest

| Xochitl Pena | Comments
The red carpet has been rolled up and the projectors are put away. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is over. The 11-day event ended Monday – but the memories of meeting some of m ...Read more

Palm Springs film festival at 25: Interviews with key players

| Bruce Fessier | Comments
brightcove.createExperiences(); The Palm Springs International Film Festival begins its 25th year on Jan. 3 and, in observation of that milestone, The Desert Sun ...Read more

Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' may surprise some viewers

| Daniel Simon | Comments
The box office hit 12 Years a Slave may have some potential viewers reluctant  about viewing a film that contains graphic violence, highly impassioned scenes and examines a dark portion of Amer ...Read more

Cannes 2013: 'Only Lovers Left Alive' wry, perfectly cast

| Alissa Simon | Comments
Finally yesterday, Palm Springs fest artistic director Helen du Toit, programmer Therese Hayes and I managed to cross paths. We had a quick meeting about our favorite films so far and special ini ...Read more

Cannes 2013: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' casts melancholy mood as festival winds down

| Alissa Simon | Comments
It’s always sad to see the Cannes market stands packing up, a sure sign that the festival is almost finished. The official program runs through Saturday with repetitions on Sunday before the award c ...Read more

Cannes 2013: Ryan Gosling's 'Only God Forgives' is full of gratuitous violence, sex

| Alissa Simon | Comments
As the festival winds down, two of the titles I was most eagerly anticipating – "Only God Forgives" from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") and "Blue Is the Warmest Color" from Tunis ...Read more

Cannes 2013: 'Behind the Candelabra's' Palm Springs connections

| Alissa Simon | Comments
Showbiz legend Liberace was trending on the Croisette today, despite having died in 1987. The name of this sometime Palm Springs resident was in the news because of the well-liked, in competition ...Read more

Cannes 2013: More potential candidates for the Palm Springs International Film Festival

| Alissa Simon | Comments
On Monday I saw two more films that we will definitely invite to Palm Springs.  The fascinating "Wakolda" by Argentine director Lucia Puenzo is set in the Patagonian outback of 1960. A German physic ...Read more

Cannes 2013: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' with the Coen Brothers'

| Alissa Simon | Comments
At the end of Day 4, the atypically terrible weather (cold and continual rain) and crime (the Chopard jewelry heist, gunfire and a fake bomb interrupting a live TV segment on the beach, and a slew of ...Read more

Cannes 2013: 'A Selfish Giant' brings audience to tears

| Alissa Simon | Comments
Some strong films in competition and in the parallel sections on Friday at Cannes. Best Foreign Film Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s "The Past" proved that he can make a complex and compelling fa ...Read more

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