Joel Hopkins' romance Last Chance Harvey and Guillermo Arriaga's drama The Burning Plain bookend the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, set to run from January 6-19.

The line-up of 210 films culled from 73 countries includes the US premiere of Nigel Cole's road movie $5 A Day and the world premiere of R W Goodwin's comedy Alien Trespass from the US and Nacho Velilla's romantic comedy Chef's Special from Spain.

A roster of 14 world premieres of US features includes American Primitive, Tales From The Script and Frank The Rat. North American Premieres include Egon & Donci from Hungary, Flowers Of The Sky from Sri Lanka-India, The Green Dumpster Mystery from Israel and the Afghanistan-Japan-Korea-France co-production Opium War.

Under the auspices of the annual Awards Buzz programme the festival will screen 50 of the 67 official foreign language Oscar submissions.

Ten films screen in the Modern Masters section highlighting the latest work of established directors and the category includes Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker, Paul Schrader's Adam Resurrected, Yoji Yamada's Kabei, Baltasar Kormakur's White Wedding Night and Terence Davies' Of Time And The City.

'This year's PSIFF lineup reflects a new direction for us,' director of programming Helen du Toit, who was appointed to the position earlier this year, said. 'It's a leaner, more focused selection of international gems, with more space devoted to independent American productions, documentaries and new film and talent discoveries from around the globe.'

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