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Palm Springs Film Festival Unveils 2023 Lineup; ‘80 For Brady’ To Open Fest, With ‘The Lost King’ Closing It Out

The Palm Springs Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for its 34th annual edition, announcing that Paramount Pictures’ 80 for Brady will world premiere as its opening night film on January 6, with IFC Films’ The Lost King closing it out on January 15.

Directed by Kyle Marvin, 80 for Brady is inspired by the true story of four best friends living life to the fullest when they take a wild trip to the 2017 Super Bowl LI to see their hero Tom Brady play. Cast members including Academy Award nominee Lily Tomlin, Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, Academy Award winner Rita Moreno and Academy Award winner Sally Field are expected to be among those in attendance at the fest to rep the film slated for release in theaters on February 3, 2023.

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The Lost King follows an ambitious writer and amateur historian guided by instinct and spectral visions, who defies the academic establishment to unearth Richard III’s long-missing remains in a Leicester car park. The film directed by Stephen Frears stars Sally Hawkins, Shonagh Price, Helen Katamba and Lewis Macleod. 

This year’s Palm Springs Film Festival will screen 134 films from 64 countries, with Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s vaccination doc Shot in the Arm also scheduled to make its world premiere. The line-up includes 35 of the International Feature Oscar Submissions for 2022, along with selections for Talking Pictures, New Voices New Visions, Modern Masters, Queer Cinema, Cine Latino, True Stories and World Cinema Now, and more. 

“We are beyond excited to welcome back our beloved audience and filmmakers in Palm Springs. We’re especially thrilled to be joined by all four leads of 80 For Brady. The film is brimming with joy and heart, and it’s a perfect film to kick off our 34th edition,” said Artistic Director Lili Rodriguez. “Our programmers have dedicated almost a year to scouting the world for the films that make up this edition. It is our most thematically diverse year yet and I don’t believe you’ll find two movies that are alike. From light entertainment for casual nights out to urgent commentaries that beg for post-screening conversation and beyond, the cinema is there to capture it all.”

Juried awards for films in-competition will be announced January 15 for seven categories. Those include the FIPRESCI Prize for films in the International Feature Film Oscar Submissions program; the New Voices New Visions Award for unique viewpoints from first- and second-time directors; the Best Documentary Award for compelling non-fiction filmmaking; the Ibero-American Award for the best film from Latin America, Spain or Portugal; the Local Jury Award for a film that promotes understanding and acceptance between people; the Young Cineastes Award for a film chosen by our Youth Jury; and the Mozaik Bridging the Borders Award for a film that is successful in bringing the people of our world closer together. 

General tickets for the fest go on sale December 22. Read through its lineup below.

Awards Buzz – Best International Feature Film Submissions

A special jury of international film critics will review these films to present the FIPRESCI Award for Best International Feature Film of the Year, as well as Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay in this category. 

Ajoomma (Singapore) Director He Shuming 

Alcarràs (Spain) Director Carla Simón 

All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany) Director Edward Berger 

Argentina, 1985 (Argentina) Director Santiago Mitre 

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (Mexico) Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu 

Beautiful Beings (Iceland) Director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson 

Blanquita (Chile) Director Fernando Guzzoni 

The Blue Caftan (Morocco) Director Maryam Touzani 

Cairo Conspiracy (Sweden) Director Tarik Saleh 

Cinema Sabaya (Israel) Director Orit Fouks Rotem 

Close (Belgium) Director Lukas Dhont 

Corsage (Austria) Director Marie Kreutzer 

Darkling (Serbia) Director Dušan Milić (U.S. Premiere) 

Decision to Leave (South Korea) Director Park Chan-wook 

EO (Poland) Director Jerzy Skolimowski 

Eternal Spring (Canada) Director Jason Loftus 

The Happiest Man in the World (North Macedonia) Director Teona Strugar Mitevska (U.S. Premiere) 

Holy Spider (Denmark) Director Ali Abbasi 

Il Boemo (Czech Republic) Director Petr Václav (U.S. Premiere) 

Joyland (Pakistan) Director Saim Sadiq 

Kalev (Estonia) Director Ove Musting 

Klondike (Ukraine) Director Maryna Er Gorbach 

Last Film Show (India) Director Pan Nalin 

Mars One (Brazil) Director Gabriel Martins 

Mediterranean Fever (Palestine) Director Maha Haj 

Nostalgia (Italy) Director Mario Martone 

The Quiet Girl (Ireland) Director Colm Bairéad 

Return to Seoul (Cambodia) Director Davy Chou 

Saint Omer (France) Director Alice Diop 

Under the Fig Trees (Tunisia) Director Erige Sehiri 

Utama (Bolivia) Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi 

Victim (Slovakia) Director Michal Blaško 

War Sailor (Norway) Director Gunnar Vikene (U.S. Premiere) 

World War III (Iran) Director Houman Seyyedi 

You Won’t Be Alone (Australia) Director Goran Stolevski 

TALKING PICTURES

In-depth discussions with directors, writers and actors from the year’s top titles.

Alice, Darling (Canada/USA) with actress Anna Kendrick 

Chevalier (USA) with director Stephen Williams

The Banshees of Inisherin (Ireland/UK/USA) with actor Colin Farrell

Moving On (USA) with director Paul Weitz and producer Andrew Miano

MODERN MASTERS 

New films, classic auteurs. 

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (USA) Director Laura Poitras 

Broker (South Korea) Director Hirokazu Koreeda 

A Compassionate Spy (USA/UK) Director Steve James 

Hilma (Sweden) Director Lasse Hallström (North American Premiere) 

No Bears (Iran) Director Jafar Panahi 

One Fine Morning (France/UK/Germany) Director Mia Hansen-Løve 

R.M.N (Romania/France/Belgium/Sweden) Director Cristian Mungiu 

Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams (Italy) Director Luca Guadagnino 

Tori and Lokita (Belgium/France) Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne  

NEW VOICES NEW VISIONS 

Unique viewpoints from first- and second-time directors. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (USA) Director Aitch Alberto (U.S. Premiere) 

Butterfly Vision (Ukraine/Czech Republic/Croatia/Sweden) Director Maksim Nakonechnyi (U.S. Premiere) 

The Damned Don’t Cry (France/Belgium/Morocco) Director Fyzal Boulifa (North American Premiere) 

How to Blow Up a Pipeline (USA) Director Daniel Goldhaber 

Love According to Dalva (Belgium/France) Director Emmanuelle Nicot 

Our Father, the Devil (USA) Director Ellie Foumbi 

Riceboy Sleeps (Canada) Director Anthony Shim

Snow and the Bear (Turkey/Germany/Serbia) Director Selcen Ergun (U.S. Premiere) 

Susie Searches (USA/UK) Director Sophie Kargman (U.S. Premiere) 

TRUE STORIES 

Non-fiction filmmaking at its most urgent and illuminating. 

1341 Frames of Love and War (Israel) Director Ran Tal 

All That Breathes (India/UK) Director Shaunak Sen 

Anxious Nation (USA) Director Vanessa Roth, Laura Morton 

The Art of Eating: The Life of M.F.K. Fisher (USA) Director Gregory M. Bezat 

Bella (USA) Director Bridget Murnane 

Body Parts (USA) Filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Helen Hood Scheer

Born in Chicago (USA) Director Bob Sarles, John Anderson 

Butterfly in the Sky (USA) Director Bradford Thomason, Brett Whitcomb 

The Caviar Connection (France) Director Benoît Bringer 

Crows Are White (Japan/Ireland/USA) Director Ahsen Nadeem 

Desperate Souls, Dark City and the Legend of Midnight Cowboy (USA) Director Nancy Buirski 

The Grab (USA) Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite 

I Like It Here (USA) Director Ralph Arlyck 

Lakota Nation vs. United States (USA) Director Jesse Short Bull, Laura Tomaselli 

Lift (USA) Director David Petersen 

Liquor Store Dreams (USA) Director So Yun Um 

Of Medicine and Miracles (USA) Director Ross Kauffman 

Roberta (USA) Director Antonino D’Ambrosio 

Shot in the Arm (USA) Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (World Premiere) 

Split at the Root (USA) Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton 

Subject (USA) Director Camilla Hall, Jennifer Tiexiera 

The Thief Collector (USA) Director Allison Otto 

To Kill a Tiger (Canada) Director Nisha Pahuja (International Premiere) 

Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb (USA) Director Lizzie Gottlieb  

CINE LATINO 

Latin American/Latinx Stories.

Chile ’76 (Chile/USA) Director Manuela Martelli 

Huesera (Mexico/Peru) Director Michelle Garza Cervera 

I Have Electric Dreams (Belgium/France/Costa Rica) Director Valentina Maurel (North American Premiere) 

Sublime (Argentina) Director Mariano Biasin 

The Substitute (Argentina/Italy/France/Spain/Mexico) Director Diego Lerman 

QUEER CINEMA TODAY & THE GAYLA 

Poignant, heartfelt and insightful stories from the LGBTQ community.

1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted Culture (USA/Canada) Director Sharon “Rocky” Roggio 

Casa Susanna (USA) Director Sebastien Lifshitz 

Eismayer (Austria) Director David Wagner (North American Premiere) 

Esther Newton Made Me Gay (USA) Director Jean Carlomusto 

Gayla! Screening – God Save the Queens (USA) Director Jordan Danger 

Gayla! Screening – Mama Bears (USA) Director Daresha Kyi 

My Emptiness and I (Spain) Director Adrián Silvestre 

Nelly & Nadine (Sweden/Belgium/Norway) Director Magnus Gertten 

Punch (New Zealand/USA) Director Welby Ings (North American Premiere) 

Winter Boy (France) Director Christophe Honoré 

You Can Live Forever (Canada) Director Mark Slutsky, Sarah Watts 

WORLD CINEMA NOW 

Travel the world without leaving your seat. 

Back Then (Poland) Director Kinga Dębska 

The Beasts (Spain/France) Director Rodrigo Sorogoyen 

Before, Now & Then (Indonesia) Director Kamila Andini 

Burning Days (Turkey/France/Germany/Netherlands/Greece/Croatia) Director Emin Alper 

Concerned Citizen (Israel/USA) Director Idan Haguel 

Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous (France/Italy/Lebanon/Saudi Arabia/Qatar) Director Wissam Charaf (North American Premiere) 

Driving Madeleine (France) Director Christian Carion (U.S. Premiere) 

Emily (UK) Director Frances O’Connor (U.S. Premiere) 

Freaks Out (Italy/Belgium) Director Gabriele Mainetti 

Golden Years (Switzerland) Director Barbara Kulcsar (North American Premiere) 

Greener Pastures (Israel) Director Matan Guggenheim, Assaf Abiri (North American Premiere) 

Gyeong-ah’s Daughter (South Korea) Director Kim Jung-eun 

Haute Couture (France) Director Sylvia Ohayon 

The Judgement (Netherlands/Germany) Director Sander Burger 

Juniper (New Zealand) Director Matthew J. Saville 

Linoleum (USA) Director Colin West 

Lullaby (Spain) Director Alauda Ruiz de Azúa 

Max, Min & Meowzaki (India) Director N Padmakumar (U.S. Premiere) 

Melchior the Apothecary (Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania/Germany) Director Elmo Nüganen 

My Neighbor Adolf (Israel/Colombia/Poland) Director Leonid Prudovsky (North American Premiere) 

My Sailor, My Love (Finland/Ireland) Director Klaus Härö 

Next Sohee (South Korea) Director July Jung 

The Origin of Evil (France/Canada) Director Sébastien Marnier 

Revoir Paris (France) Director Alice Winocour 

Simone: Woman of the Century (France) Director Olivier Dahan (U.S. Premiere) 

Somewhere in Queens (USA) Director Ray Romano 

Stonewalling (Japan/China) Director Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka 

The Storyteller (India) Director Anant Narayan Mahadevan (North American Premiere) 

Talia’s Journey (Belgium/Senegal/Luxembourg) Director Christophe Rolin 

Viking (Canada) Director Stéphane Lafleur 

Where Life Begins (Italy) Director Stéphane Freiss 

Without Her (Iran/Germany) Director Arian Vazirdaftari (North American Premiere) 

The Word (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Poland) Director Beata Parkanová (U.S. Premiere)  

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT 

Highlighting films from the Coachella Valley. 

Don’t Worry Darling (USA) Director Olivia Wilde 

Racist Trees (USA) Director Sara Newens, Mina T. Son (North American Premiere) 

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