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31st Annual Palm Springs Film Festival Opens Jan. 3 with Italian film, “An Almost Ordinary Summer”

Date 01.01.2020

Palm Springs, CA (December 10, 2019) – The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced that the festival’s opening night will be the screening of An Almost Ordinary Summer, directed by Simone Godano, on Friday, January 3.  The festival will close with Military Wives, directed by Peter Cattaneo on Sunday, January 12. Both Godano and Cattaneo are expected to attend.

PSIFF will open with An Almost Ordinary Summer on Friday, January 3.  In this delightful and big-hearted Italian farce, a seaside summer vacation erupts into class and sexual warfare when two middle-aged grandfathers – the rich, cosmopolitan Tony and the hunky, blue-collar Carlo – announce to their big, shocked families their plan to marry. The film stars   Alessandro Gassmann, Jasmine Trinca, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Filippo Scicchitano, and is directed by Simone Godano.   The festival will close with Military Wives on Sunday, January 12. This charming ensemble dramedy is based on a true story about the wives of deployed British soldiers who find harmony in a new base camp choir, where Tears for Fears is part of their repertoire, and become a global sensation. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng and is directed by Peter Cattaneo.     “It’s an extraordinary pleasure to be sharing this year’s festival lineup with the world, my first as Artistic Director,” said PSIFF Artistic Director Lili Rodriguez.  “In tradition with previous years, we’ve looked back at an excellent year of international cinema and cherry-picked some of the best in the circuit, as well as some undiscovered gems. From award-winners and hopefuls to smaller, independent stories that stick with you, this year’s lineup showcases an exciting group of diverse and powerful voices.”   


From the land of beautiful art, rich history, and mouth-watering cuisine, join us as we highlight exceptional Italian cinema.     

  • The Champion (Italy), Director Leonardo D’Agostini (North American Premiere)
  • The Disappearance of My Mother (Italy), Director Beniamino Barrese
  • Martin Eden (Italy/France/Germany), Director Pietro Marcello
  • Simple Women (Italy/Romania), Director Chiara Malta (U.S. Premiere)
  • Sole (Italy), Director Carlo Sironi
  • A Soul Journey (UK/Italy), Director Marco Della Fonte (World Premiere)
  • The Traitor (Italy), Director Marco Bellocchio           

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