35th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival to Screen World Premiere of Miller’s Girl

PALM SPRINGS – The 35th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced the World Premiere screening of Lionsgate’s Miller’s Girl with Martin Freeman, Jenna Ortega, and writer/director Jade Halley Bartlett in attendance as part of their Talking Pictures program. The film will screen on Thursday, Jan. 11th.

Miller’s Girl follows the unraveling of a complex connection between lonely intellectuals: a failed writer named Jonathan Miller (Martin Freeman) and his remarkable student, Cairo Sweet (Jenna Ortega). When a creative writing assignment prompts uncomfortable realities, Jonathan and Cairo realize they’ve blurred lines beyond the academic. Challenged by her expectations, encouraged by his attention, Miller’s Girl is about imminent, inexorable attraction between characters who become both hero and villain in each other’s stories.

Written by Bartlett as a play in 2011 and featured on the 2016 Black List, this film is the writing and directorial debut of Jade Halley Bartlett with Freeman (also serving as executive producer; an Emmy and BAFTA award winner who most recently received an International Emmy for “The Responder”), Ortega (an Emmy and SAG nominee for “Wednesday”), Bashir Salahuddin, Gideon Adlon, and Dagmara Domińczyk. Producers are Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Josh Fagen, Mary-Margaret Kunze. Lionsgate will release the film in theaters on Friday, Jan. 26th.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival previously announced that the festival’s opening night film will be the U.S. Premiere of Wicked Little Letters directed by Thea Sharrock, on Friday, January 5. The festival will close with Ex-Husbands, directed by Noah Pritzker on Saturday, January 13. The festival will screen 180 films from 74 countries, including 48 premieres (9 World, 3 International, 12 North American, and 24 U.S.) from January 4-15, 2024.  The line-up includes 40 of the International Feature Film Oscar® Submissions along with New Voices New Visions, Modern Masters, Queer Cinema, Cine Latino, True Stories, World Cinema Now, and more.

Also screening as part of the Talking Pictures program are American Fiction with actor Jeffrey Wright; Barbie with director Greta Gerwig; The Color Purple with actresses Danielle Brooks and Taraji P. Henson along with director Blitz Bazawule; Killers of the Flower Moon with screenwriter Eric Roth; Maestro with actress Carey Mulligan; and Rustin with actor Colman Domingo.

The complete line-up and schedule is available online at www.psfilmfest.org. Tickets for the Festival are now available online.


About the Palm Springs International Film Society

The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness. The Film Society produces the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) and Film Awards every January and Palm Springs ShortFest in June. In addition to curating the best in international cinema, PSIFF’s Film Awards has come to be known as the first stop on the campaign trail for the Academy Awards®, and our Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest is the largest short film festival and market in North America. Our festivals, year-round member screenings and educational programs manifest our organization’s mission by nurturing and encouraging new filmmaking talent, honoring the great masters of world cinema, and expanding audience horizons.


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  • Miller’s Girl: PSIFF