Helen Hunt directing bow to open Palm Springs fest

Wed Dec 12, 2007 12:58am EST
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By Gregg Kilday

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Actress Helen Hunt's feature directing debut will receive its U.S. premiere at the 19th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival as the opening-night feature on January 3.

"Then She Found Me" revolves around a New York teacher (Hunt) encountering a midlife crisis. Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick also star. The movie is set for a May release via indie distributor ThinkFilm.

Hunt, best known for her sitcom "Mad About You" and Oscar-winning turn in "As Good As It Gets," co-wrote the script with Victor Levin and Alice Arlen from a novel by Elinor Lipman.

She is not the only actress working the festival circuit with a directing project. Kirsten Dunst's "Welcome" and Isabella Rossellini's "Green Porno" are among the 83 short films that will screen at the Sundance Film Festival (January 17-27) in Park City, Utah.

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<p>Helen Hunt producer and cast member of "Then She Found Me" poses for photos at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival, September 8, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Cassese</p>