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The first big international event on the 2020 film calendar, Palm Springs had 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 ran from 2 to 12 January.

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Changing The Game
Changing The Game
Transgender high school athletes from across the US compete at the top of their fields, while also challenging the boundaries and perceptions of fairness and discrimination.
Sequin In A Blue Room
Sequin In A Blue Room
When a teenager's thrill-seeking leads to a memorable encounter at an anonymous sex party, he resolves to track down the mystery guy - even if he has to rely on a menacing former hook-up to help him.
Martin Eden
Martin Eden
A man struggles to better his circumstances, motivated by his love for a woman from a bourgeois family.
Two Of Us
Two Of Us
Two retired women, who have been in a secret relationship for decades, find their relationship turned upside down when the truth begins to come out.
The Painted Bird
The Painted Bird
A lone Jewish boy has to fend for himself in Nazi-occupied eastern Europe.
Patrick
Patrick
Patrick lives with his parents on a naturist campsite. When his dad dies and he finds himself in charge he has other things on his mind... namely a quest for his lost hammer.
Red Penguins
Red Penguins
The story of what happened when Americans bought a Russian ice hockey team.
Papicha
Papicha
A student becomes determined to stage a fashion show despite religious opposition.
The Vast Of Night
The Vast Of Night
A late night radio presenter and a switchboard operator begin to suspect something odd is happening in their small town.
The Whistlers
The Whistlers
Film noir sees a corrupt cop learn a whistling language to beat detection while trying to double-cross the mob.
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Palm Springs International Film Festival Features

Secrets you know
Barbara Sukowa and Filippo Meneghetti on Two Of Us
Hiding and seeking
Filippo Meneghetti on Two Of Us and working with Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier
Expanding horizons
Melina León on Song Without A Name and opening doors for Peruvian women
France’s new breakout star
Lyna Khoudri leaps from Papicha to Wes Anderson
Exploring an inner life
Ric Burns on capturing empathy and courage in Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
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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