Palm Springs Film Festival 2015

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

For all those cineastes who miss seeing work from the likes of Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett, and the rest of the “theatre of the absurd” gang, take heart. The new Israeli dark dramedy film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” is a worthy semantics-laden candidate to warm the cockles of your heart. The melodrama […]

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

“Lucky Stiff”, a cute musical farce written by Lynn Ahrens; adapted from Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s stage book-musical “Lucky Stiff”, is delightfully and deftly directed by Christopher Ashley (Yes, that Chris Ashley who is also the artistic director of the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse). The newly adapted movie version revolves, in short, around a young […]

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO                             PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains”, is a first in many categories for the emerging and fledgling movie industry of Kyrgzstan, in Central Asia. It took the vision of former Kyrgzstan politician Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, who harbored the desire from boyhood to become a motion picture director to take the plunge; leaving behind a successful career […]

Danish Film Goes Hunting For An Oscar Win

Danish Film Goes Hunting For An Oscar Win

The Danish psychological drama “The Hunt”, that just screened at the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, is on a hunt of its own – to nab the Academy Award Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscar ceremonies – and it has a good chance.  Danish actor Mads Mikklesen, is one […]

 Italy’s “Great Beauty” Is Personified By Rome’s Eternal Beauty

 Italy’s “Great Beauty” Is Personified By Rome’s Eternal Beauty

The Italian film industry is known for producing some of the most memorable films ever made over the last 65 years.  Some of their most iconic directors like Fellini, Antonioio, Visconti, Rossellini, and De Sica, along with actors, Anna Mangnani, Giuletta Masina, Sophia Lauren, Marcello Mastroianni, and Gina Lollobrigida, have graced the world’s silver screens. […]

German Espionage Thriller Throws Its Hat Into 2014 Oscar Race

German Espionage Thriller Throws Its Hat Into 2014 Oscar Race

Next to the British and the United States, the German film industry produces some of the best spy-movie thrillers.  Their Oscar Submission for Best Foreign Language Film of 2014 is “Two Lives”, directed and co-written by Georg Maas, and stars the iconic Norwegian actor Liv Ullman (a favorite star of many Ingmar Bergman films), German […]

PSIFF the Variety Awards Ceremonies Luncheon

PSIFF  the Variety Awards Ceremonies Luncheon

The Parker Hotel in Palm Springs hosted the Variety Awards Ceremonies Luncheon presented by Mercedes-Benz of the Desert. Variety and actor Colin Farrell presented Director John Lee Hancock director of Saving Mr. Banks with the Creative Impact in Directing Award. The Creative Impact in Acting Award went to Johan Hill for his portrayal in Wolf […]

“Red Carpet” Palm Springs International Film Festival

“Red Carpet” Palm Springs International Film Festival

The 25th Star Studded Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala was held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 4th. This is mainly an awards Gala with awards going to some of the top names in show business. Many who will be Oscar and Golden Globe Nominees and maybe winners. The event is presented […]

Powerful Documentary Film On The Cheap On Screen At PSIFF

Powerful Documentary Film On The Cheap On Screen At PSIFF

The title of this film documentary may be a little long and/or obscure for a theatre marquee – “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” – but its story and style (hand held camera) presents a window to the world where countries and their people still struggle to survive at the low end […]

Belgium Drama Is Country’s Strong Submission For 2014 Oscar

Belgium Drama Is Country’s Strong Submission For 2014 Oscar

Foreign films, thankfully, are still mostly character-driven and require strong stories to underpin the emotions and actions that appear on the screen.  Screening at the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is the intense, powerful and thought-provoking film “The Broken Circle Breakdown”, Belgium’s Official submission as Best Foreign Language Film for the 2014 […]