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Festival Screening of Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival


Eight of the Nine Shortlist Films to Screen at Festival

Palm Springs, CA (December 21, 2012) – The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival  (PSIFF) will screen eight of the nine films selected to advance in the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.  The Festival, held from held from January 3-14, 2013, will screen 42 of the 71 films that had originally qualified in this category. 
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

  • Amour (Austria), Director Michael Haneke

  • War Witch (Canada), Director Kim Nguyen

  • A Royal Affair (Denmark), Director Nikolaj Arcel

  • The Intouchables (France),Director Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

  • The Deep (Iceland), Director Baltasar Kormákur

  • Kon-Tiki (Norway), Director Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

  • Beyond the Hills (Romania), Director Christian Mungiu

  • Sister (Switzerland), Director Ursula Meier

A special jury of international film critics will review the eight shortlisted films along with the other 34 films screening in the Festival to award the FIPRESCI Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Best Actor and Best Actress.  For a complete schedule visit

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

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David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival