Palm Springs International Film Festival


This year's festival offers 27 Ibero-American films - too many to list here; you'll have to check out their website for all of them. But here's a couple highlights to give you a taste:

Carga Sellada, Bolivia
Julia Vargas Weise’s third feature is an ecologically and politically-minded thriller that follows Federica. Only Federica is not a character: she’s an old steam train that’s recruited to remove a number of recently discovered crates which might contain toxic minerals. Led by the type of farcical if threatening stock characters of Latin American law enforcement, the newly dubbed “Death Train” winds its way through the Bolivian altiplano setting off a number of collisions between the state, police, and townspeople around the country.

Bellas de Noche, Mexico
In the 1970s and 1980s, Mexico’s burlesque culture was at its disco-era heyday. The clubs were filled with beautiful women who razzled and dazzled. Decades later, Beauties of the Night introduces us to five of those former showgirls who recount their lives in the spotlight and give us a glimpse of what they’re up to nowadays. Shot over eight years, María José Cuevas’s documentary is a thrilling look at these exotic dancers who continue to search for the love and adoration they got on stage all those years ago.

Palm Springs: Jan. 2 - 16. See full lineup and details here.