Indian films have marked a strong presence in the Palms Springs International film festival-2010 which will be held from January 7 to 18 in Palm Springs, California. A total of 188 films from 70 countries will be screened in the festival out of which 5 are from India. The Man Beyond the Bridge by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar will be screened in the PSIFF s New Voices/New Visions Competition which features work from first or second time filmmakers .
The other films in this competition are “Angel at Sea (Belgium/Canada) directed by Frederic Durmont, “Beautiful Kate by Rachelward, “A Brand New Life ( South Korea/France) directed by Ounie Lecomte, “Brotherhood ( Denmark) by Nicolo Donato, “Devil s Town ( Serbia) by Vladimir Paskaljevic, “Heliopolis (Egypt) by Ahmad Abdalla, “Huacho (Chile/France) by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, “La Pivellina (Austria/Italy) by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, “Northless (Mexico/Spain) by Rigoberto Perezcano, “Nothing Personal (Netherlands/Ireland) Directed by Urszula Antoniak, “What You Don t See (Germany/Austria) Directed by Wolfgang Fischer.
“Dev D by Anurag Kashyap will be screend in the World Cinema Now section. This film is a modern take on the classic love story Devdas. “Well Done Abba by Shyam benegal, a satirical comedy set in a village will also be screened in the same section. “Thanks Maa directed by Irfan Kamal will also be screened in World Cinema section. This film is a sentimental social documentary capturing the lives of children forced to live by their wits.
The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet s Struggle for Freedom by filmmakers Sonam and Sarin will be screened under True Stories section. With unusual intimate access, filmmakers Sonam and Sarin find a unique perspective on the Dalai Lama’s trials and tribulations and follow him over an eventful year, including the 2008 protests in Tibet, the long march in India, the Beijing Olympics and the breakdown of talks with China.
Michael Hoffman s “The Last Station will open the festival and “The Lightkeepers by Daniel Adams will close the 21st edition of the festival.