The screening lineup for the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in January features 188 movies from 81 countries, including 51 premieres, organizers announced Tuesday.
The opening night feature will be “An Almost Ordinary Summer,” with director Simone Godano expected to attend. The closing film will be “Military Wives,” with director Peter Cattaneo also scheduled to be in the audience.
The special focus of this year’s film festival is Italian cinema, comprising seven films including “The Champion,” directed by Leonardo D’Agostini, and “The Disappearance of My Mother,” directed by Beniamino Barrese.
The 2019 film “Hustlers,” starring Jennifer Lopez as an exotic dancer who leads a group of dancer friends to steal money from their wealthy Wall Street clients, will receive special attention at this year’s festival.
Director Lorene Scafaria will be featured during the Talking Pictures and Book to Screen program, which includes a film screening and question-and-answer session. Journalist Jessica Pressler, who penned a 2015 piece for New York Magazine which inspired the film, will also be on hand.
During a Jan. 2 gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Lopez will receive the Spotlight Award for her role as the veteran stripper Ramona in the film.
The festival runs from Jan. 2 to Jan. 13. More information, along with a complete list of the 188 films slated to be shown, can be found at www.psfilmfest.org/.