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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The Whistlers
The Whistlers
Film noir sees a corrupt cop learn a whistling language to beat detection while trying to double-cross the mob.
The Perfect Candidate
The Perfect Candidate
A young female Saudi doctor decides to run for election.
System Crasher
System Crasher
Nine-year-old Benni radically defies every rule. But this feared ‘system crasher’s’ only desire is to stop living in a residential home and go back to her mother.
The Truth
The Truth
A reunion between a French cinema star and her daughter descends into confrontation.
And Then We Danced
And Then We Danced
A dancer falls in love with his fiercest rival.
Song Without A Name
Song Without A Name
Peru, at the height of the political crisis of the 1980s. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation.
Bacurau
Bacurau
Villagers sold as human prey defend themselves from hunters using a psychotropic drug.
A White, White Day
A White, White Day
An off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man to have had an affair with his wife, who has recently died in a car accident. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Documentary about the life of the neurologist.
Proxima
Proxima
A female astronaut finds the demands of work take their toll on her single-mum relationship with her young daughter.
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Palm Springs International Film Festival Features

Another layer
Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles on Udo Kier, Alli Willow and Bacurau
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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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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