Desert Film Society
The Desert Film Society promotes the appreciation of film in the Coachella Valley by providing Society members an unique opportunity to view the latest in art, international & cutting-edge independent cinema and educating members by providing a platform for discussion of the art of film and film craft. Since 2002, Desert Film Society has presented one-time screenings of award winning films from global festivals.
March 7, 2020. Drama, 113 minutes, United Kingdom, English. The extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German POW, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility and personal tragedy. Based upon the true story of Bert Trautmann, German POW and English soccer star.
March 14, 2020 – Drama – 88 min. The achingly tender connection between two Holocaust survivors of different ages. A rare post-Holocaust drama, Hungary’s entry is a touching, tender tale of two Holocaust survivors — a 42-year-old doctor who lost his family in the camps and a 16-year-old girl traumatized by the brutality she has seen — whose chaste but deeply intimate connection saves them both.
April 2, 2020 – GIRL IN THE FOG – Italy – 128 min – Crime/Mystery
On her way to church in the hazy alpine village of Avechot, the quiet 15-year-old, Anna Lou, daughter of a religious couple, vanishes into thin air, never to return home. To aid in the investigation of this puzzling case is summoned the fastidious Detective Vogel (Toni Servillo) with his questionable methods.
April 25, 2020 – WHAT ABOUT ADOLF? – Germany – 91 min – Comedy
“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare’s lofty question takes on new life in this savage comedy-a breakout hit in Germany-which raucously lampoons contemporary German attitudes, guilt and denials of the Nazi past. When Thomas (Florian David Fitz), the black sheep of a progressive middle-class academic family, surprises his siblings with the news that he intends to name his son Adolf, petty carnage ensues as personal, ideological and sexual histories are unmasked in this scintillating dark comedy. A breakout German box office hit (a noteworthy factoid deserving of its own cultural analysis), this send-up of social respectability and appearances shows as much of an awareness of Germany’s current shifting political landscape and reactionary views as it does an understanding of the tense interpersonal dynamics between siblings and in-laws. With a marvelous screenplay that is biting, quick, frequently genuinely shocking and deserving of comparison to Yasmina Reza’s best satiric plays, How About Adolf? is an enjoyable excursion into bourgeois infighting and mayhem. At this dinner table, sociability starts out as just a smile, and a smile is just teeth. – Tien-Tien L. Jong