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Film Festival to Screen Best Foreign Language Film Candidates

Organizers said a jury of international critics will review the titles and give Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Best Actor and Best Actress awards.

The 24th Palm Springs International Film Festival will screen eight of nine movies remaining in the running for the Academy Award for best foreign language film, it was announced today.

A total of 42 of the 71 films that had originally qualified for the Oscars' foreign language film category will be shown at the festival, where a jury of international critics will review the titles and give Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Best Actor and Best Actress awards, according to organizers.

The eight films now on the foreign language Oscar "shortlist" are "Amour" (Austria), "War Witch" (Canada), "A Royal Affair" (Denmark), "The Intouchables" (France), "The Deep" (Iceland. No subititles), "Kon-Tiki" (Norway), "Beyond the Hills" (Romania) and "Sister" (Switzerland).

The festival will run from Jan. 3-14, with 180 films from 68 countries to be shown.

Actresses Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren and Naomi Watts, actors Bradley Cooper and Richard Gere, directors Tom Hooper and Robert Zemeckis, composer Mychael Danna and the cast of "Argo" will be honored at the Jan. 5 awards gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

For more information on the festival and to see the full lineup, call (760) 322-2930 or go to www.psfilmfest.org.

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