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Palm Springs film festival announces lineup

December 22, 2010 | 10:51 am

Way The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which runs from Jan. 6-17, will feature 193 films from 68 countries including 59 premieres -- nine world, 17 North American and 33 U.S.

The festival announced Wednesday morning that the opening night film will be the  French farce "Poitche," starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu and directed by Francois Ozon. The festival will close Jan. 16 with "The First Grader," a drama from the United Kingdom and Kenya about an 84-year-old former Mau Mau freedom fighter who decides to attend school.

Among the world premieres are "Down the Shore" with James Gandolfini, "Little Murder" with Terrence Howard and Josh Lucas, and the documentary "The Last Lions" narrated by  Jeremy Irons.

The festival will also feature two gala screenings and four special presentations:

Australian Gala: "The Way Back," directed by Peter Weir, and starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris

Mid-Festival Gala: "Ceremony," directed by Max Winkler -- son of  Henry -- and starring Uma Thurman

The Gay!La (His): "Loose Cannons," from Italy

The Gay! La (Hers): "Leading Ladies"

Special Presentation: "The Hedgehog," from France

Special Presentation: "Road to Nowhere," directed by veteran Monte Hellman ("Two-Lane Blacktop") . Hellman is also attending the screening on Jan. 15 to receive the festival's Maverick Award.

Special Presentation: "Small Town Murder Songs," from Canada.

For the complete lineup go to

-- Susan King

Photo: Colin Farrell in "The Way Back." Credit: Telluride Film Festival