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At Palm Springs International Film Festival, major stars and plucky upstarts share the spotlight

At Palm Springs International Film Festival, major stars and plucky upstarts share the spotlight

It's like caramel and salt, the way the Palm Springs International Film Festival pairs the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with sometimes obscure foreign film offerings. On Friday night, the festival opens with the "The Fencer," a Finnish production set in 1950s Estonia about a man who starts his life anew as a children's fencing teacher. On Saturday, the festival will throw a massive fundraising gala that will attract some of Hollywood's biggest names for what has become an important stop on the annual awards tour.

It's that unexpectedly exquisite combination of plucky upstarts and major stars that makes the festival unique.

The festival will screen more than 170...

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