The 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival is promising to be a behemoth, with a whopping 190 movies from 72 countries as well as plenty of events for film connoisseurs.
Awaiting festivalgoers who want to dive deep into the world of cinema are directors and producers sharing their thoughts at symposiums, dinners inspired by film and a chance to glimpse stars at special events.
From the page to the screen at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Screenwriters frequently adapt written works, from fictional narratives to true-life tales.
One of the festival’s events, “Book to Screen,” explores the connection between a page-turner and what ends up on the silver screen.
The two-day event kicks off at 10 a.m. Tuesday with four films at the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City. The films are “Denial,” “Arrival,” “The Late Bloomer” and “13 Hours,” all of which have book equivalents.
On Wednesday, a symposium will take place in the Horizon Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel at 400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. There, authors and screenwriters will talk about the relationship between the two forms of storytelling.
Guests for the symposium include “Denial” author Deborah E. Lipstadt, “Arrival” author Ted Chiang, “The Late Bloomer” author Ken Baker and “13 Hours” author Mitchell Zuckoff, as well as a bevy of screenwriters and producers.
An exact schedule for speakers has not been released.
Tickets are available on the festival’s website for $200.
A high-end twist to dinner and a movie at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Going out for dinner and a movie can be a good date idea or a nice, casual outing with friends, but the film festival has taken a high-echelon approach.
Over two nights – Jan. 9 and 11 – the festival will pair films about the culinary experience with highly rated Palm Springs restaurants.
On Jan. 9, the pairing will be Juzo Itami’s 1985 film, “Tampopo,” with dinner at Palm Springs’ Pho 533.
The festival calls “Tampopo,” which begins when a truck driver stops at a family run noodle shop, a delightful comedy of table manners.
Afterward, viewers will be served a Japanese fusion meal at Pho 533, prepared by chef Andrew Verrier.
On Jan. 11, viewers will see Brett A Schwartz’s “Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story,” about a chef who pushes the boundaries of food, followed by dinner at lounge Eight4Nine.
“Insatiable” follows Cantu and some of his culinary endeavors. At Eight4Nine, sous-chef Stephan Schell and pastry chef Albert Gonzalez cook up dishes based on molecular gastronomy.
Standby tickets may become available.
International directors discuss their work at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Festivalgoers will be able to get inside the heads of international filmmakers as they discuss their movies, audiences and exposure.
Hosted by the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, “Eyes on the Prize: Foreign Language Oscar Directors in Discussion” will take place 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Mary Pickford Theater in Cathedral City.
The panel of directors has not been announced, but last year’s consisted of all nine shortlist candidates for the foreign language film category of the Academy Awards.
That list included Paddy Breathnach (“Viva”), Klaus Härö (“The Fencer”) and László Nemes (“Son of Saul”).
The 2017 panel is expected to be announced in January.
Tickets can be purchased on the festival’s website for $25.
Hollywood glitz at the convention center at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
Amy Adams, Tom Hanks and Mahershala Ali and other stars will be among the honorees who will arrive for a night of Hollywood-esque glitz and glamour.
Described as the festival’s showpiece event, the Film Awards Gala runs 5-9 p.m. Monday at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with cocktails, followed by a dinner and the awards show.
Though tickets are pricey (and sold out), guests can see stars as they arrive at the convention center.
Last year, the event raised an estimated $1 million for the Palm Springs International Film Society.
And last … the movies
And, of course, the event is a film festival, and there are lots to be seen.
Among the 190 films are 58 premieres.
The festival also has many specialized categories such as Focus on Poland, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters.
The Focus on Poland category offers a half-dozen recent movies made by Polish filmmakers. The films often evoke periods in Poland’s history.
The New Voices/New Visions category examines the work of emerging international directors who have completed their first or second film narrative.
The Modern Masters category looks at established international filmmakers.