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New James Franco, Jennifer Aniston Films to Be Showcased at Palm Springs Film Festival

January 2015 festival will include 192 films from 65 countries


The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the world, international, North American or U.S. premieres of films featuring James Franco, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Annette Bening and many others, as well as films directed by Michel Hazanavicius and Peter Bogdanovich, PSIFF organizers announced on Thursday.

The festival, which runs from Jan. 2 through Jan. 12 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles, announced its full lineup, which is made up of 192 films from 65 countries.

PSIFF world premieres will include “Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha,” a collaboration between James Franco and eight writers and 11 directors from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, with Horatio Sanz and Luis Guzman; Anna Mastro’s “Walter,” starring Virginia Madsen and Neve Campbell; and “Twenty Five Palms,” Fabrizio Maltese’s documentary about last year’s Palm Springs festival, which marked its 25th anniversary.

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International premieres include the Oscar foreign-language entries “Accused” and “Never Die Young,” from the Netherlands and Luxembourg, respectively, as well as “Arteholic,” a documentary including Lars von Trier and Udo Kier.

North American and U.S. premieres include Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way,” with Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston; Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search,” starring Annette Bening and Berenice Bejo; “Tigers,” from Danis Tanovic, director of the Oscar-winning “No Man’s Land”; and “The Farewell Party,” a dark Israeli comedy set in a Jerusalem retirement home.

Other films screening at the festival will include “’71,” a tense thriller starring “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell; “Learning to Drive,” with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley; “Match,” with Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard; “Song One,” with Anne Hathaway and Mary Steenburgen; and the Dardenne brothers’ “Two Days, One Night,” with Marion Cotillard.

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The complete list of PSIFF films, including entries in the Modern Masters section and the New Voices/New Visions competition, can be found at www.psfilmfest.org.

The festival previously announced that it will open with a gala screening of Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” and close with “Boychoir,” starring Dustin Hoffman. It will also showcase 50 of this year’s entrants in the Oscar foreign-language race.