Selma and Boychoir will bookend the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), set to run from January 2-12.
For the first time, the festival will focus on 20 films from Eastern Europe in the strand called Eastern Promises.
The 20 films in Eastern Promises are:
Afterlife (Virág Zomborácz, Hungary);
Corn Island (George Ovashvili, Georgia);
Cowboys (Tomislav Mršić, Croatia);
Fair Play (Andrea Sedláčková, Czech Republic-Slovakia-Germany)
Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland);
In The Crosswind (Martti Helde, Estonia);
The Guide (Oles Sanin, Ukraine);
The Japanese Dog (Tudor Christian Jurgiu, Romania);
Kebab & Horoscope (Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Poland);
The Lesson (Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov Bulgaria-Greece);
Mirage (Szabolcs Hajdu, Hungary-Slovakia);
No One’s Child (Vuk Ršumović, Serbia-Croatia);
The Reaper (Zvonimir Juric, Croatia-Slovenia);
Rocks In My Pockets (Signe Baumane, Latvia);
See You In Montevideo (Dragan Bjelogrlic, Serbia);
Tangerines (Zaza Urushadze, Estonia);
These Are The Rules (Ognjen Svilicic, Croatia-France-Serbia);
Three Windows And A Hanging (Isa Qosja, Kosovo);
The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine); and
White God (pictured, Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary).
“Cinephiles who came of age in the days of the Czech and Polish New Waves have cause to rejoice,” said Alissa Simon, PSIFF senior programmer.
“In 2014, film-makers from Central and Eastern Europe produced some of the poignant and provocative works of world cinema and we are spotlighting them here, from discoveries by new talent to mustn’t-miss works by familiar names.”