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The 35th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will screen 179 films from 74 countries at its 2024 event, including 47 premieres, such as “Wicked Little Letters,” starring Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley.

The festival will take place Jan. 5 through 15, with the Film Awards kicking the celebration off on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The film festival will open with the U.S. premiere of “Wicked Little Letters,” directed by Thea Sharock, on Jan. 5 at the Richards Center for the Arts. The British black comedy mystery sets itself in a 1920s seaside town, where residents have been receiving anonymous obscene letters. When letters begin to target Edith (Colman), a respected member of the community, and others, suspicion falls on young Rose (Buckley), who is the total oppose of Edith. As the letters continue to grow more vicious, Rose risks losing her freedom and custody of her daughter. “Wicked Little Letters” also stars Anjana Vasan and Timothy Spall.

Sharock is expected to attend the opening night event.

The closing night film will be “Ex-Husbands,” directed by Noah Pritzker, on Jan. 13. Griffin Dunne stars as Peter Pearce, a man floundering after his father (Richard Benjamin) leaves his mother after 65 years of marriage, and his own wife (Rosanna Arquette) leaves him after 35. With his son Nick’s (James Norton) wedding on the horizon, Peter plans a getaway to Tulum, only to find his sons and their friends there as well for Nick’s bachelor party. It leads the Pearce boys to grapple with their own heartaches and question the role of family. The film also stars James Norton, John Ventimiglia, Natalie Gold and Lou Taylor Pucci.

Director and writer Pritzker is expected to attend, along with actors Dunne and Miles Heizer.

The lineup includes 40 of the international feature film Oscar submissions, along with New Voices New Visions, Modern Masters, Queer Cinema, Cine Latino, True Stories, World Cinema Now and more.

“Sprawling in scope, this year’s lineup spotlights programming from both international and domestic communities, including first-time filmmaking from American stars, impactful documentaries from abroad, and the very best in contemporary cinema for our Coachella Valley audience,” Artistic Director Lili Rodriguez said in a statement. “The Palm Springs International Film Festival programming team committed the past year to searching and scavenging the world for the films which compose this Festival’s lineup. The varied screenings at the 2024 edition will unite family entertainment, critical commentary, dramatic excellence and, most importantly, the community for cinematic conversation which meets every year in beautiful, sophisticated Palm Springs.”

South Korean cinema will be spotlighted at the festival, with screenings of critically-acclaimed films such as “Memories of Murder,” “Train to Busan” and “The Handmaiden,” among others.

Director James Ivory’s filmography will also be honored, with screenings of “The Bostonians,” “Howards End,” “Maurice,” “Merchant Ivory,” “Quartet” and “Shakespeare Wallah.” Ivory won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name,” and is a three-time best director nominee (“A Room with a View,” “Howards End” and “The Remains of the Day”).

A few Film Awards honorees will also take part in Talking Films discussions about their projects, including Jeffrey Wright for “American Fiction,” Greta Gerwig for “Barbie” and screenwriter Eric Roth for “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

The complete list of films is as follows:

American Indies

“Fairyland” (United States/France) Director Andrew Durham

“Fancy Dance” (United States) Director Erica Tremblay

“Fresh Kills” (United States) Director Jennifer Esposito

“Laroy” (United States/France) Director Shane Atkinson

“Late Bloomers” (United States) Director Lisa Steen

Awards Buzz

“20 Days in Mariupol” (Ukraine) Director Mstyslav Chernov

“About Dry Grasses” (Turkey) Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan

“Behind The Haystacks” (Greece) Director Asimina Proedrou (North American Premiere)

“Blaga’s Lessons” (Bulgaria) Director Stephan Komandarev

“Brothers” (Czech Republic) Director Tomáš Mašín (International Premiere)

“The Burdened” (Yemen) Director Amr Gamal

“Bye Bye Tiberias” (Palestine) Director Lina Soualem

“City Of Wind” (Mongolia) Director Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir

“Concrete Utopia” (South Korea) Director Um Tae-hwa

“The Delinquents” (Argentina) Director Rodrigo Moreno

“Do Not Expect Too Much From The End Of The World” (Romania) Director Radu Jude

“Fallen Leaves” (Finland) Director Aki Kaurismäki

“Four Daughters” (Tunisia) Director Kaouther Ben Hania

“Godland” (Iceland) Director Hlynur Pálmason

“Goodbye Julia” (Sudan) Director Mohamed Kordofani

“Housekeeping For Beginners” (North Macedonia) Director Goran Stolevski

“In Flames” (Pakistan) Director Zarrar Kahn (U.S. Premiere)

“Inshallah A Boy” (Jordan) Director Amjad Al Rasheed

“Io Capitano” (Italy) Director Matteo Garrone

“The Missing” (Philippines) Director Carl Joseph E. Papa (International Premiere)

“The Monk And The Gun” (Bhutan) Director Pawo Choyning Dorji

“The Mother Of All Lies” (Morocco) Director Asmae El Moudir

“Opponent” (Sweden) Director Milad Alami

“The Peasants” (Poland) Director DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman

“Perfect Days” (Japan) Director Wim Wenders

“The Promised Land” (Denmark) Director Nikolaj Arcel

“The Settlers” (Chile) Director Felipe Gálvez

“Seven Blessings” (Israel) Director Ayelet Menahemi  (U.S. Premiere)

“Shayda” (Australia) Director Noora Niasari

“Sira” (Burkina Faso ) Director Apolline Traoré

“Smoke Sauna Sisterhood” (Estonia) Director Anna Hints

“Society Of The Snow” (Spain) Director J.A. Bayona

“Songs Of Earth” (Norway) Director Margreth Olin

“Sweet Dreams” (Netherlands) Director Ena Sendijarevi

“The Taste Of Things” (France) Director Trân Anh Hùng

“The Teacher’s Lounge” (Germany) Director İlker Çatak

“Tiger Stripes” (Malaysia) Director Amanda Nell Eu

“Tótem” (Mexico) Director Lila Avilés

“Vera” (Austria) Director Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

“The Zone Of Interest” (United Kingdom) Director Jonathan Glazer

Closing Night

“Ex-husbands” (United States) Director Noah Pritzker

Country Focus: South Korea

“A Normal Family” (South Korea) Director Hur Jin-ho

“Cobweb” (South Korea) Director Kim Jee-woon

“The Handmaiden” (South Korea) Director Park Chan-wook

“The Housemaid” (South Korea) Director Kim Ki-young

“In Our Day” (South Korea) Director Hong Sang-soo

“Memories Of Murder” (South Korea) Director Bong Joon-ho

“Oasis” (South Korea) Director Lee Chang-dong

“Sleep” (South Korea) Director Jason Yu

“Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… And Spring” (South Korea/Germany) Director Kim Ki-duk

“Sunny” (South Korea) Director Kang Hyeong-cheol

“Train To Busan” (South Korea) Director Yeon Sang-ho

Family Day

“Dancing Queen” (Norway) Director Aurora Gossé

“Flamin’ Hot” (United States) Director Eva Longoria

“Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse” (United States) Director Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” (United States) Director Jeff Rowe

Flashback

“Goodfellas” (United States) Director Martin Scorsese

“Paris Is Burning” (United States) Director Jennie Livingston

“Wild At Heart” (United States) Director David Lynch

Gayla

“Chuck Chuck Baby” (United Kingdom) Director Janis Pugh

“Studio One Forever” (United States) Director Marc Saltarelli

Local Spotlight

“Amongst The Trees” (United States) Director Trent Ubben, Jack Jensen (World Premiere)

“The Green Desert” (United States) Director Leo Zahn (World Premiere)

Modern Masters

“Anselm” (Germany) Director Wim Wenders

“Close Your Eyes” (Spain/Argentina) Director Victor Erice

“The Convert” (New Zealand/Australia) Director Lee Tamahori (U.S. Premiere)

“Green Border” (Poland/France/Czech Republic/Belgium) Director Agnieszka Holland

“Kidnapped” (Italy/France/Germany) Director Marco Bellocchio

“La Chimera” (Italy/France/Switzerland) Director Alice Rohrwacher

“Monster” (Japan) Director Hirokazu Kore-eda

“The Old Oak” (United Kingdom/France/Belgium) Director Ken Loach

“Shoshana” (United Kingdom/Italy) Director Michael Winterbottom (U.S. Premiere)

New Voices New Visions

“Animalia” (Morocco/Qatar/France) Director Sofia Alaoui

“The Animal Kingdom” (France) Director Thomas Cailley

“Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person” (Canada) Director Ariane Louis-seize (U.S. Premiere)

“The Kitchen” (United Kingdom) Director Kibwe Tavares, Daniel Kaluuya (North American Premiere)

“Solitude” (Iceland/Slovakia/France) Director Ninna Pálmadóttir

“Stolen” (India) Director Karan Tejpal (North American Premiere)

“The Sweet East” (United States) Director Sean Price Williams”We Have Never Been Modern” (Czech Republic/Slovakia) Director Matěj Chlupáček (U.S. Premiere)

Opening Night Film

“Wicked Little Letters” (United Kingdom) Director Thea Sharrock (U.S. Premiere/Unconfirmed)

Queer Cinema Today & The Gayla

“Big Boys” (United States) Director Corey Sherman

“Bonus Track” (United Kingdom) Director Julia Jackman (North American Premiere)

“Chasing Chasing Amy” (United States) Director Sav Rodgers

“Chuck Chuck Baby” (United Kingdom) Director Janis Pugh

“Egoist” (Japan) Director Daishi Matsunaga

“Studio One Forever” (United States) Director Marc Saltarelli

“Summer Qamp” (Canada) Director Jen Markowitz

Spotlight: James Ivory

“The Bostonians” (United States) Director James Ivory

“Howards End” (United Kingdom) Director James Ivory

“Maurice” (United States) Director James Ivory

“Merchant Ivory” (United States) Director Stephen Soucy

“Quartet” (United Kingdom/France) Director James Ivory

“Shakespeare Wallah” (United States/India) Director James Ivory

Talking Pictures and Book to Screen

“American Fiction” (United States) with actor Jeffrey Wright

“Barbie” (United States) with director Greta Gerwig

“Killers of the Flower Moon” (United States) with screenwriter Eric Roth

True Stories

“All Illusions Must Be Broken” (United States) Director Laura Dunn, Jef Sewell (World Premiere)

“All We Carry” (United States/Mexico) Director Cady Voge (World Premiere)

“Art For Everybody” (United States) Director Miranda Yousef

“Bad Faith” (United States) Director Stephen Ujlaki, Chris Jones (World Premiere)

“Born Hungry” (Canada/India) Director Barry Avrich (World Premiere)

“Call Me Dancer” (India/United States/Israel) Director Leslie Shampaine, Pip Gilmour

“Common Ground” (United States) Director Josh Tickell, Rebecca Tickell

“Copa 71” (United Kingdom) Director Rachel Ramsay, James Erskine

“The Echo” (Mexico/Germany) Director Tatiana Huezo

“First We Bombed New Mexico” (United States) Director Lois Lipman

“Flipside” (United States) Director Chris Wilcha

“Gloria Gaynor: I Will Survive” (United States/Spain) Director Betsy Schechter

“Going Varsity in Mariachi” (United States) Director Alejandra Vasquez, Sam Osborn

“The Gullspång Miracle” (Sweden/Norway/Denmark) Director Maria Fredriksson

“Hidden Master: The Legacy Of George Platt Lynes” (United States) Director Sam Shahid

“In The Rearview” (Poland/France/Ukraine) Director Maciek Hamela

“Liv Ullmann: A Road Less Traveled” (Norway/UK) Director Dheeraj Akolkar

“A Look Through His Lens” (United States/France/Ireland/UK) Director Matthew Berkowitz, Gregory Hoblit (World Premiere)

“Mad About The Boy: The Noel Coward Story” (United Kingdom/United States) Director Barnaby Thompson (U.S. Premiere)

“Maestra” (United States) Director Maggie Contreras

“Música!” (United States) Director Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

“Obsessed With Light” (United States/France/Netherlands/Spain/Iceland) Director Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum

“Queendom” (France/United States) Director Agniia Galdanova

“Sloane: A Jazz Singer” (United States) Director Michael Lippert

“The Space Race” (United States) Director Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, Lisa Cortés

“Susan Feniger. FORKED” (United States/Vietnam/China) Director Liz Lachman

“Swan Song” (Canada) Director Chelsea McMullan (U.S. Premiere)

“This World Is Not My Own” (United States/Sweden) Director Petter Ringbom, Marquise Stillwell

“Truth Be Told” (United States) Director Nneka Onuorah

World Cinema Now

“100 Yards” (China) Director Xu Haofeng, Xu Junfeng

“20,000 Species of Bees” (Spain) Director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

“All About The Lefkoviches” (Hungary) Director Ádám Breier (World Premiere)

“Amal” (Belgium/France) Director Jawad Rhalib (U.S. Premiere)

“Blackberry” (Canada) Director Matt Johnson

“Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry” (Switzerland/Georgia) Director Elene Naveriani

“Bonjour Switzerland” (Switzerland/Italy) Director Peter Luisi (U.S. Premiere)

“Chicken For Linda!” (France) Director Sébastien Laudenbach, Chiara Malta

“Day Off” (Taiwan) Director Tien-Yu Fu

“Empire” (Denmark) Director Frederikke Aspöck (North American Premiere)

“The Extortion” (Argentina/United States) Director Martino Zaidelis

“Ezra” (United States) Director Tony Goldwyn

“The Fishbowl” (Puerto Rico/Spain) Director Glorimar Marrero Sánchez

“Freud’s Last Session” (United States) Director Matthew Brown

“The Goldman Case” (France) Director Cédric Kahn

“Guardians of the Formula” (Serbia/Slovenia/Montenegro/Macedonia/France) Director Dragan Bjelogrlic (North American Premiere)

“Hajjan” (Saudi Arabia/Egypt/Jordan) Director Abu Bakr Shawky (U.S. Premiere)

“Hesitation Wound” (Turkey/Spain/Romania/France) Director Selman Nacar (U.S. Premiere)

“Holly” (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg/France) Director Fien Troch

“Joika” (New Zealand/Poland) Director James Napier Robertson (North American Premiere)

“Les Indésirables” (France/Belgium) Director Ladj Ly (U.S. Premiere)

“Let The Dance Begin” (Argentina/Spain) Director Marina Seresesky

“Lies We Tell” (Ireland) Director Lisa Mulcahy (North American Premiere)

“Listen Up!” (Norway) Director Kaveh Tehrani (North American Premiere)

“Memory” (United States/Mexico) Director Michel Franco

“Mr. Blake At Your Service!” (France) Director Gilles Legardinier

“Mrs” (India) Director Arati Kadav (North American Premiere)

“Night Courier” (Saudi Arabia) Director Ali Kalthami (U.S. Premiere)

“One Life” (United Kingdom/United States) Director James Hawes (U.S. Premiere)

“The Performance” (United States) Director Shira Piven (North American Premiere)

Power Alley” (Brazil/France/Uruguay) Director Lillah Halla (U.S. Premiere)

“Puan” (Argentina/Brazil/Germany/Italy/France) Director Maria Alché, Benjamín Naishtat (U.S. Premiere)

“Red Rooms” (Canada) Director Pascal Plante

“Robot Dreams” (Spain/France) Director Pablo Berger

“Running On Sand” (Israel) Director Adar Shafran (International Premiere)

“Shame on Dry Land” (Sweden/Malta) Director Axel Petersén (U.S. Premiere)

“Sumo Didi” (India) Director Jayant Rohatgi (North American Premiere)

“Temporaries” (Richelieu) (Canada/France) Director Pier-Philippe Chevigny

“Terrestrial Verses” (Iran) Director Ali Asgari, Alireza Khatami

“They Shot The Piano Player” (Spain/France/Netherlands/Portugal/Peru) Director Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal

“Together 99” (Sweden/Denmark) Director Lukas Moodysson (U.S. Premiere)

“The Trouble With Jessica” (United Kingdom) Director Matt Winn (U.S. Premiere)

“Unicorns” (United Kingdom/United States/Sweden) Director Sally El Hosaini, James Krishna Floyd (U.S. Premiere)

“The Vanishing Soldier” (Israel) Director Dani Rosenberg (North American Premiere)

“Without Air” (Hungary/Romania) Director Katalin Moldovai (U.S. Premiere)

“Wonderland” (Singapore/Malaysia/United States) Director Chai Yee-Wei

Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers arts and entertainment. He can be reached at brian.blueskye@desertsun.com or on Twitter at @bblueskye. Ema Sasic covers entertainment and health in the Coachella Valley. Reach her at ema.sasic@desertsun.com or on Twitter @ema_sasic.

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