The first big film festival of the year, this California event is the place to be if you want to discover the new works destined to become big names over the year ahead. It's also a great place to catch the films getting lots of nominations this awards season.

The festival runs from 5 to 12 January.

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Driving Madeleine
Driving Madeleine
A taxi driver drives a passenger across Paris as she recalls her life.
Simone: Woman Of The Century
Simone: Woman Of The Century
An intimate and epic portrait of an extraordinary woman who eminently challenged and transformed her era defending a humanist message still keenly relevant today.
Desperate Souls, Dark City And The Legend Of Midnight Cowboy
Desperate Souls, Dark City And The Legend Of Midnight Cowboy
A look at the behind-the-scenes odyssey to get Midnight Cowboy produced, as well as the tumultuous era in which the movie was released and embraced.
The Thief Collector
The Thief Collector
A documentary exploring the mystery behind the infamous 1985 heist of Willem de Kooning’s seminal painting, Woman-Ochre.
Linoleum
Linoleum
When a satellite falls from orbit and crashes into the suburban home of a dysfunctional family in Ohio, the father seizes the opportunity to fulfil his dream of becoming an astronaut by re-building it into his own rocket ship. While his wife and daughter believe he's experiencing a midlife crisis, surreal events begin to unfold around him.
Chevalier
Chevalier
The true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, who rises to heights in French society as a composer before an ill-fated love affair.
Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths
Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths
An epic comedy about journalism.
Lullaby
Lullaby
Amaia has just given birth to her first daughter. She would prefer not to give up her career as a translator, but it’s not easy to balance it with her family and looking after a young child. When her partner goes away on business for seven weeks, the young woman capitulates and goes to stay with her parents in the countryside.
Victim
Victim
A Ukranian immigrant faces racism as she seeks justice.
My Sailor, My Love
My Sailor, My Love
A retired sea captain and his daughter must reassess their strained relationship after he begins a new romance with a widowed housekeeper.
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Palm Springs International Film Festival Features

Stitching in feelings
Maryam Touzani on the inspiration for The Blue Caftan and its emotional fabric
A timeless tale
Colin West on space, science, emotion and Linoleum
Military man
David Wagner on Eismayer, the man and the movie
From make-up.. to natural blusher
Léa Seydoux on coming over all coy with Daniel Craig and Melvil Poupaud
Inseparable
Mariano Biasin on intense friendships, music and Sublime
Portraits of modern life
Mia Hansen-Løve on Léa Seydoux, Pascal Greggory, Kafka, ghosts and One Fine Morning
Everything under the stars
Gabriel Martins on life in a changing Brazil, and Mars One
No cat in the first paragraph
Lizzie Gottlieb on Turn Every Page - The Adventures Of Robert Caro And Robert Gottlieb
The functional and the representational
Marie Kreutzer on Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the biographies of Sisi, and Corsage
Control, numbers and measurements
Marie Kreutzer on Vicky Krieps, Camille, and the look of Corsage
Bolivian snapshot
Alejandro Loayza Grisi on working with non-professional actors, sweeping landscapes and llamas in Utama
'I wanted to show the life of the whole team'
Director Ove Musting and producer Pille Rünk on weaving together history, basketball and nationhoood in Kalev
A primal thing
Goran Stolevski on witchcraft, overlapping identities and You Won’t Be Alone
Walk through fear
Nan Goldin, Laura Poitras, Harry Cullen and Megan Kapler on All The Beauty And The Bloodshed
Celebrity culture
Vicky Krieps on Marie Kreutzer’s Corsage, Romy Schneider, and Margarethe von Trotta’s Bachmann & Frisch
Blending biography with fiction
Christophe Honoré and his young star Paul Kircher talk about grief and hope in Winter Boy
Lacoste is clear
Actor Vincent on grief and working with Christophe Honoré on Winter Boy and his hopes for the future
Family connections
Matthew J Saville on the personal inspiration for Juniper and working with Charlotte Rampling
Investigating a death
July Jung on student exploitation, suicide and Next Sohee
Drag sisterhood
Jordan Danger on ageing, drag and God Save The Queens
Living in the truth
Mark Slutsky and Sarah Watts on religion, romance and You Can Live Forever
A world in miniature
Erige Sehiri reflects on the origin and themes of Under The Fig Trees
From Joyland to the Corner Office
Tribeca-bound producer on Cannes winner and the joy of storytelling
Summer's child
Colm Bairéad on bringing The Quiet Girl to the screen
Fighting back for families
Maria Grasso and Julie Collazo discuss immigrant justice and Split At The Root
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