The first big international event on the 2020 film calendar, Palm Springs has the bumper line-up we've come to expect, with an extensive list of awards nominees and several of the most interesting small independent films from around the world.

The festival runs from 2 to 12 January.

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Free Color
Free Color
A documentary about the Kinetic-Optic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez and his mission to free colour from shape.
Atlantics
Atlantics
Love and loss in Dakar are given a supernatural twist.
Bombshell
Bombshell
A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.
Parasite
Parasite
All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.
Marriage Story
Marriage Story
A couple find themselves in a messier divorce than they imagined.
The Kingmaker
The Kingmaker
Documentary about the Marcos family and Imelda's continued influence on politics in the Philippines.
Harriet
Harriet
The story of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into an American hero.
The Disappearance Of My Mother
The Disappearance Of My Mother
An ageing fashion model strives to escape the world of images and disappear for good, but her son's determination to make a final film about her sparks an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera's gaze.
Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit
Satire following a lonely boy and his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler, whose nationalistic views are challenged when he discovers his mum is hiding a young Jewish girl.
Motherless Brooklyn
Motherless Brooklyn
A lonely private detective with Tourette's attempts to solve his friend's murder.
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Palm Springs International Film Festival Features

A heightened state
Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles on Mad Max, Blade Runner and the politics of water in Bacurau
Sweeping you into the film
Howard Shore on François Girard, Judith Clurman, and recording the score for The Song Of Names
Energy and the soul
François Girard on the energy of actors and Howard Shore’s score for The Song Of Names
Composing for history
Composer Howard Shore on The Song Of Names, The Aviator and A Dangerous Method
Rooted in reality
Marco Bellocchio on the true characters and events in The Traitor
Playing with the meanings
Jan Komasa on Andrey Zvyagintsev, Corpus Christi, Bartosz Bielenia and Christopher Walken
In directions nobody goes
Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles on Bacurau
Fulfilling their destiny
Sônia Braga on Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles' Bacurau
Pedro centre stage in Cannes
New film with Cruz and Banderas his most personal to date
An unseen world
Lila Avilés talks about putting the focus on The Chambermaid
Creating an illusion
Gabriela Cartol on learning the craft of The Chambermaid
All fired up
Director Sameh Zoabi on politics and comedy in his satire Tel Aviv On Fire.
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Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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