Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) begins today January 5 and continues until January 16 in the wonderful Southern California desert city of Palm Springs. It is the 23rd installment of this annual event which showcases a large amount of international movies and also is a Hollywood star-studded event.
This year the PSIFF caught our attention where they are going to be showing a Chilean film “By The Fire” or “Sentados Frente al Fuego”. This is the second film from young young Chilean director Alejandro FernandÃ©z Almendras. The film plans on showing 3 times during the film festival, each time at the Palm Springs Regal 9 Cinema.
- Friday @11:00am
- Sunday @8:00pm
- Wednesday @5:30pm
You can buy tickets to the film at the following link.
By the Fire
Sentados frente al fuego
Chile, 2011, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany, Spain
North American Premiere
Topics: Drama, Latino, Romance
Program: World Cinema
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles
Synopsis from Film Festival website:
Daniel and Alejandra, a Chilean working-class couple approaching 40, decide to buy a piece of land and move out to the country. But their hopes and dreams hang in the balance as Alejandra faces illness and Daniel must come to terms with the harsh realities of physical labor on the land. Alternately sweet and gritty, and unfolding over the course of a year, this is the story of a couple willing to fight all manner of adversities to make their dream of a new life together a reality.
Director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, whose previous film Huacho premiered at the Criticsâ€™ Week in Cannes in 2009, brings his story to life with sensitivity and elegance. With cinematographer Inti Briones, he has developed a uniquely restrained and effective visual style that perfectly captures the texture of everyday life in this corner of the world. His scenes unfold against the stunning scenery of the Chilean countryside with an unhurried, near-documentary intimacy, as leads Daniel MuÃ±oz and Alejandra Yanez turn in wonderfully natural performances.
Guest expected to attend film screening on 1/6 and 1/8
DIRECTOR: Alejandro FernandÃ©z Almendras
Producer: Christoph Friedel
Editor: Jeronimo Rodriguez, Alejandro FernandÃ©z Almendras
Screenwriter: Alejandro FernandÃ©z Almendras
Cinematographer: Inti Briones
Music: George Gurdjeff, Los Jalvas
Principal Cast: Daniel MuÃ±oz, Alejandra YaÃ±ez, Daniel Candia, Thichi Lobos
Filmography: Huacho (2009)