Tuesday, December 11, 2007
(Photo: Josephine Solimene – Naomi Campbell, Bette Midler, and Kate Moss – The CFDA And Vogue’s Seventh On Sale Gala)
The Palm Springs Film Festival on Tuesday announced many of the galas and special screenings that will be presented during its 12-day run, Jan. 3-14.
Opening night: Helen Hunt’s directorial debut, “Then She Found Me,” will receive its U.S. premiere. Hunt, who is expected to attend, co-stars with Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler.
“New Israeli Cinema: L’Chaim”: The film festival will mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of Israel by screening several films that Darryl Macdonald says constitute a flowering of Israeli cinema. Among them is “Beaufort,” selected for an Israeli Day Gala. The docudrama set at an Israeli outpost in Lebanon is Israel’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Joseph Cedar is expected to attend.
Other Israeli films are: “The Band’s Visit” and “Jellyfish,” both Cannes Film Festival winners; “My Father, My Lord”; “Noodle; “Sweet Mud, winner Best World Film at the Sundance Film Festival; “Disengagement,” with Juliette Binoche, Liron Levo and Jeanne Moreau; “The Champagne Spy”; “Children of the Sun”; “Eight Twenty Eight”; and “The Quest for the Missing Piece.”
Awards Buzz Gala: â€œThe Edge of Heaven,â€ a German film that won a best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival will be screened. Director Fatih Akin is expected to attend.
Gay!La: A U.S. film, “Shelter,” concerns a couple who impulsively bring a Moroccan boy home with them from a North African vacation.
Italian Film Gala: â€œMy Brother Is an Only Childâ€ traces the lives of siblings in the â€™60s and â€™70s.