News in 2012

Talking Pictures Announced
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival
2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival


Alan Cumming, Peter Greenaway, Tom Hooper, Eddie Redmyane and Naomi Watts to Participate in Talking Pictures

Palm Springs, CA (December 29, 2012) – The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announces its Talking Pictures program.  Every year, the Festival presents a series of special programs devoted to exploring the careers and creative choices of the top talents in the world of cinema, including Oscar®-caliber actors and directors in conversation with leading entertainment journalists.  Each program includes a film screening or a selection of film clips and an on-stage conversation.

This year’s Talking Pictures includes:

  • Friday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m.

Peter Greenaway: The Death of Cinema - A Lecture with Pictures.  Peter Greenaway is the iconoclastic genius behind such astonishing films as The Draughtman’s Contract, The Pillow Book and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, along with this year’s PSIFF entry Goltzius and the Pelican Company.  In this Talking Pictures program he provides a premise and a challenge: Is contemporary cinema’s dependence on text leading to the death of cinema?  Citing examples from both sides of the equation, along with copious clips to illustrate his thesis, Greenaway presents a fascinating exploration of the ways in which our reliance of text in film is creating a populace of “visual illiterates”. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and hugely entertaining afternoon with one of the medium’s leading provocateurs.

  • Saturday, January 5 at 11:30 a.m.

Naomi Watts: The Impossible.  The Festival will screen Naomi Watts’ new film The Impossible from Summit Entertainment, which has already garnered her nominations for Best Actress from the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes this year.  Since exploding onto the consciousness of American filmgoers and film critics with her award-winning performance in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, Watts has gone on to give captivating performances in a wide range of exceptional films, including The Ring, 21 Grams (a role which brought her first Oscar® nomination), King Kong, Eastern Promises and Fair Game, among many others.  She has garnered numerous awards and nominations in the process including PSIFF’s Desert Palm Achievement Award in 2004 for 21 Grams.  Watts will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at this year’s Festival’s Awards Gala.

  • Sunday, January 6 at 11:30 a.m.

Tom Hooper & Eddie Redmayne: Les Misérables.  Tom Hooper will be joined by actor Eddie Redmayne for an onstage discussion of their new film, the musical epic Les Misérables from Universal Pictures.  The extraordinarily talented Hooper burst on to the scene in 2009 with his exhilarating The Damned United, and went on to win an Oscar® for The King's Speech.  His considerable gifts as a director are further underscored by his brilliant work in bringing this much beloved musical to the screen.  Redmayne himself is a revelation in the film in the role of young Marius, Cosette’s lover and a rebel student, who is the sole survivor of the battle at the barricade.  With a voice to match his acting chops, Redmayne further emerges as a rising star after his enormously likeable performance as Colin Clark in last year’s My Week with Marilyn.  Hooper will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Festival’s Awards Gala.

Saturday, January 12 at 12:30 p.m.
Alan Cumming: Any Day Now.  Actor, writer, director, producer and star of stage, screen and television, Alan Cumming is one of the most versatile talents of our time.  In one of his finest performances in a career studded with award-winning roles and memorable characterizations, Cumming this year created an utterly unforgettable impression in the role of Any Day Now’s Rudy Donatello, “a drag queen on the mime-track to nowhere, whose outrageous exterior hides a lonely but loveable soul.” His brilliant performance lies at the heart of this immensely likeable movie, a major reason why the film has won the Audience Award at so many major festivals this summer and fall.  Jeremy Kay from “Screen International” will moderate this Talking Picture program.

The price for each Talking Pictures programs is $25.  To purchase tickets or for additional information go to

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.

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