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Telefilm Canada to Sponsor “Canada: A World of Talent”
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival


Palm Springs, CA (December 21, 2012) – Telefilm Canada will join the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), as a sponsor of "Canada: A World of Talent" on Sunday, January 6.  Telefilm Canada, the leading production funding and promotional partner working in the Canadian film scene, will host the day devoted to celebrating the creative strength and stylistic diversity of new Canadian cinema.  The program will feature 12 Canadian features and event held at Lulu California Bistro.  The Festival is scheduled from January 3-14, 2013.

"We're delighted to be partnering this year with Telefilm Canada, who've been such a strong creative force in the emergence of Canadian cinema worldwide,” said Festival Director Darryl Macdonald. “With a rich and diverse lineup of over a dozen Canadian features and coproductions in this year's Festival, Canada continues its tradition of being a mainstay of quality filmmaking for us, and Telefilm Canada has been at the forefront of that surge in both creative artistry and broader recognition the country's national cinema has received.”

Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director, added “We welcome our new partnership with the Palm Springs International Film Festival. With 12 Canadian films in selection and two promotional platforms—Canada: A World of Talent and Palm Springs Speaks French—our cinema shines in all its glory at Palm Springs.  Canadian cinema is unique.  Bold, provocative, seductive, it is supported by dynamic companies and inspired creators whose reputations are growing around the world.  Of note, director Kim Nguyen’s War Witch, which is in the spotlight at the Festival, is representing Canada in the 2013 Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film.”

“Kim Nguyen's harrowing and mezmerizing film WAR WITCH is the ideal launch for our expanded focus on Canadian Cinema at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this year,” said Festival Artistic Director Helen du Toit.  “And we are absolutely thrilled to see that Academy members have selected it on the Oscar shortlist this morning. Go Canada!”

While Canadian films have always played a prominent role in PSIFF programming, this year's line-up of Canadian features is particularly strong, with 12 films chosen for the Festival lineup - a number surpassed by no other country represented in the Festival other than the U.S. itself.  The Canadian film line-up includes:

  • Camion (Canada) - Refreshingly honest and precisely observed, this Quebecois drama examines the lives of a trucker and his two estranged sons after the former is involved in a terrible crash.  Director: Rafaël Ouellet. Cast: Julien Poulin, Patrice Dubois, Stéphane Breton, Jacob Tierney, Noemie Godin-Vigneau.

  • The End of Time (Canada/Switzerland) - A meditative, free-associative but entirely engrossing contemplation of the nature of time by the innovative non-fiction filmmaker Peter Mettler. Director: Peter Mettler. Cast: George Mikenberg, Jack Thompson, Richie Hawtin, Rajeev Agrawal, Julia Mettler.

  • The Final Member (Canada/Iceland/Italy/USA) - Forget Hollywood, the funniest comedy of the year may be this documentary about the Icelandic Phallological Museum.  That’s right, a penis museum.  Join “Siggi” Hjartarson on his quest to find the one thing that will make his museum complete – a human penis. Director: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math.

  • The Fruit Hunters (Canada) - Environmental docs come in all shapes and sizes, but you won’t have seen any as appetizing as this sensual, seductive tribute to nature’s sweetest bounty.  Join Bill Pullman and the fruit detectives in their quest for a wider world of taste sensation. Director: Yung Chang. Cast: Bill Pullman.  US Ppremiere.

  • Inch’Allah (Canada) - Every day young Canadian obstetrician Chloe crosses the checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, fraternizing with locals on both sides of the border but increasingly pushed towards taking a stand of her own.  A thoughtful, humane take on the Israel/Palestine divide. Director: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette.Cast: Evelyne Brochu, Sabrina Ouazani, Sivan Levy, Yousef Sweid. International Premiere.

  • Inescapable (Canada/South Africa) - Rubba Nadda follows her hit Cairo Time with this timely thriller about a father returning to Syria to try to find his missing daughter. Director: Ruba Nadda. Cast: Alexander Siddig, Marisa Tomei, Joshua Jackson, Oded Fehr, Saad Siddiqui. International Premiere.

  • Laurence Anyways (Canada/France) - Xavier Dolan’s terrifically stylish love story is set in 1990s Montreal and stars Melvil Poupaud as a transgender man whose decade-long relationship with his lover Frédérique makes for a dazzling and entertaining mini-epic. Director: Xavier Dolan. Cast: Melvil Poupaud, Suzanne Clément, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri.

  • Margarita (Canada) - A cash-strapped middle-class Toronto family reluctantly fires their Mexican-born nanny Margarita, only to discover just how indispensable she really is.  Unfortunately she is also illegal, which makes everything that much stickier in this quirky lesbian-themed comedy-drama. Director: Laurie Colbert, Dominique Cardona. Cast: Nicola Correia Damude, Patrick McKenna, Christine Horne, Claire Lautier, Maya Ritter, Marco Grazzini.

  • Midnight’s Children (Canada/UK) - Salman Rushdie adapts his own monumental novel – a picaresque that doubles as a history of modern India – into a rich, sprawling, unruly movie, full of romance, satire, magic and anger. Director:  Deepa Mehta. Cast: Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran, Siddharth, Rahul Bose, Ronit Roy, Shabana Azmi, Irrfan Khan, Charles Dance.

  • Molly Maxwell (Canada) - Molly Maxwell is a precocious 16-year-old who attends an alternative school where every student is perceived to be a prodigy. Molly develops a close relationship with a young teacher who opens her world but the relationship potentially threatens her future. Director: Sara St. Onge. Cast: Lola Tash, Charlie Carrick, Krista Bridges, Rob Stewart. World Premiere.

  • Still (Canada) - An exquisite love story wrapped in a classic tale of modernity versus tradition. James Cromwell plays a farmer who is determined to provide a comfortable home for his ailing wife and is confronted by the realities of their situation. Director: Michael McGowan. Cast: James Cromwell, Genevieve Bujold, Campbell Scott, Julie Stewart. US Premiere.

  • War Witch (Canada) – Canada’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, this award-winning, harrowing tale of a young African girl’s kidnap by rebel soldiers features an astonishing performance by its non-professional lead.  Punctuated with moments of magic and wonder, this is a powerful testament to human resilience in the darkest of times. Director: Kim Nguyen. Cast: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Ralph Prosper, Mizinga Mwinga.

About Telefilm Canada

Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TelefilmCanada.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Title Sponsor, the City of Palm Springs.  Presenting Sponsors are Spencer’s, The Desert Sun, Entertainment Tonight, Wells Fargo, Regal Entertainment Group, Bank of America and Wintec. Major sponsors are Panavision, Ocean Properties Development, Raymond|Lawrence, Chihuly, Telefilm Canada.  The Festival’s Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.

Steven Wilson / Lauren Peteroy
B|W|R Public Relations
steven.wilson@bwr-ny.com / lauren.peteroy@bwr-ny.com

David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival

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