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25th Anniversary Showcase

25 years of introducing new films and gifted new voices to American moviegoers makes for a wealth of indelible memories and one unavoidable question: how to celebrate that legacy on screen? Our answer? Select 10 outstanding films from those first 24 years looking for the following attributes:
1) They won our Audience Award for Most Popular Film that year, or went on to win an Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film
2) They are first films by now-celebrated directors whose careers we helped launch by showcasing their earliest work at the Festival.

Each of these films created special memories for our audiences when they were first shown at the Festival years ago, and each of them holds up just as well today.

Please join us for this cinematic stroll down memory lane, as we bring you 9 of our favorite blasts from the Film Festival’s past.


Cinema Paradiso   

Cinema Paradiso
Italy, 1988, 155 min.
Our first Audience Award and Foreign Oscar® winner traces the tale of a man looking back at his lifelong romance with the cinema, working as an apprentice to a projectionist in his small town’s cherished movie palace. Free 25th Anniversary outdoor screening at Forever Marilyn.... more



Delicatessen   

Delicatessen
Belgium, 1992, 120 min.
This visually astonishing dark comedy about the denizens of a rooming house attached to a decidedly unorthodox deli was featured in the Festival’s New Directors Showcase in 1993, and helped launch the hugely successful career of Jeunet, who went on to make "Amelie", "Alien: Resurrection" and "A Very... more



Departures   

Departures
Japan, 2008, 130 min.
A failed cellist connects with his inner undertaker, his rural hometown and his newly deceased father in this tonally eccentric, lushly scored, movingly funny drama. Crushed at the breakup of his Tokyo orchestra, Daigo retreats to his picturesque northern Japan hometown, with adoring wife in tow.... more



Life is Beautiful   

Life is Beautiful
Italy, 1997, 116 min.
Winner of our 1998 Audience Award (and seven subsequent Oscar nominations, winning for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor and Best Score) this acclaimed tragicomedy tells the tale of an endlessly inventive man who uses humor to spare his son the horrors of a concentration camp in the late stages... more



The Lives of Others   

The Lives of Others
Germany, 2006, 137 min.
In this nail-biting political thriller set just years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, an agent of the East German police finds his ideology turned inside out when he is assigned to incriminate an innocent playwright. This runaway hit swept the German and Bavarian Academy Awards.... more



Love in the Time of Hysteria   

Love in the Time of Hysteria
Mexico, 1991, 120 min.
A highlight of our 1992 New Directors Showcase, this giddy bedroom farce was the first film by the director/writer who went on to make Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and this year’s huge worldwide hit, Gravity.... more



No Man’s Land   

No Man’s Land
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2001, 98 min.
Featured in our 2002 New Director’s Showcase and winning that year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, this brilliant black comedy about the futility of war, a first film by writer/director Danis Tanovic (director of this year’s An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker) remains one of the most s... more



The Sea Inside   

The Sea Inside
Spain, 2004, 125 min.
Winner of our 2005 Audience Award and that year's Oscar for best Foreign Language Film, this gorgeously evocative tale of a man who fought a 30-year battle for his right to end his own life brought equal acclaim for its magnificent central performance by Javier Bardem.... more



Sofie   

Sofie
Denmark, 1992, 146 min.
Liv Ullmann was no stranger to American audiences when she brought her directorial debut, Sofie, to Palm Springs’ New Directors Showcase in 1993, but few could have guessed the directorial talent she’d unveil with this gorgeously evocative tale of a young woman longing for her real life to begin. Os... more



Strictly Ballroom   

Strictly Ballroom
1992, 94 min.
This deliriously enjoyable musical comedy, set in the world of ballroom dancing competitions, introduced Palm Springs filmgoers – and the world – to an audaciously talented director in the form of Baz Luhrman when it was featured in our New Directors’ Showcase at the 1993 PSIFF.... more



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