Category: Screening Archive

ALL TOGETHER (France/Germany) & MODERN LOVE (short)

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One Time Screening

Coachella Valley Premiere Five aging friends decide to pool their resources for their golden years and move in together in Stéphane Robelin’s crowd-pleasing comedy, starring Jane Fonda (in her first French-language film since Godard’s 1972 Tout Va …

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

THREE WORLDS (France)

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One Time Screening

Al, a young man from a modest background, is ten days away from marrying the daughter of his boss, along with succeeding him as the head of the car dealership where Al has been working for most

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY (Iran)

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               Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time ScreeningAll of Tehran is preparing to celebrate Chaharshanbe-Soori, or the festival of fire, which falls on the last Tuesday night before the Persian New Year.  On this auspicious evening, Rouhi (Taraneh

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

MY BEST ENEMY (Austria)

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                                    One Time Screening

Suspense, betrayal, romance and reversed identities are the ingredients that make up MY BEST ENEMY.  A handsomely mounted WWII thriller about a missing Michelangelo painting, the ambitions of a housekeeper’s “Arian” son and his wealthy

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

LITTLE ROSE (Poland)

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                             One Time Screening

A true story about divided loyalties and misguided love play out against a backdrop of escalating political unrest in 1967 communist Poland.  Security police colonel Rozek enlists his sexy yet naive girlfriend, Kamila, to

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THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN (Germany)

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               Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

In Buenos Aires, 31-year-old Maria runs up against a long-kept family secret whose origins go back to the time of the Argentinean military dictatorship.  In German, English and Spanish

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

MELTING AWAY (Israel)

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                    Coachella Valley Premiere -One Time Screening                       Co-Sponsored with CINEMA DIVERSE

This heartfelt drama follows the story of a family drawn into crisis after the parents discover their child is secretly a cross-dresser and kick him out of the house. 

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

THE END IS MY BEGINNING (Germany)

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                        U.S. PREMIERE – One Time Screening

A father, a son and the great journey of life.  Tiziano Terzani, long-time Spiegel magazine Asia correspondent and renowned author, invites his son Folco to his retreat, a small mountain village

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

TEDDY BEAR (Denmark)

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                        Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening  

Dennis, a 38-year-old bodybuilder, would really like to find true love.  He has never had a girlfriend and lives alone with his mother in a suburb of Copenhagen.  When his

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

A QUIET LIFE / Una Vita Tranquilla (Germany)

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                  West Coast Premiere – One Time Screening

Chef Rosario seems to live his life as a restaurant owner with a new wife and a little son in Germany but is suddenly haunted by his mafia past when his grown up

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

BREATHING (Austria)

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                                  One Time Screening

Masterful directorial debut from Austrian actor Karl Markovics is about a young parolee’s struggles outside of prison and trying to build a new life while being unable to deal with his guilt. The odds are against

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM (France)

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            Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

A true rags-to-riches story!  This fitting tribute to one of the 20th century’s most iconic leading men spans from Curtis’s tough and humble beginnings in the Bronx to his most striking movie …

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NATURAL SELECTION (USA)

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             Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time ScreeningLinda (Rachel Harris), a barren Christian housewife, leads a sheltered existence.  Her world is turned upside-down when she discovers that her dying husband has a 23-year old illegitimate son named Raymond living

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KADDISH FOR MY FRIEND (Germany)

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               Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Muslim teen Ali Messalam and his family move into Berlin’s Kreuzberg area, where he is pressured by his friends to vandalize the apartment of his elderly, feisty Russian neighbor, Alexander Zamskoy.  To

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

GOD’S FIDDLER: JASCHA HEIFETZ (USA)

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                                Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Not since Paganini had there been such a magician on the violin.  Filmed in St. Petersburg, Russia; Vilnius, Lithuania; and in Heifetz’s own rebuilt studio in Los Angeles, GOD’S FIDDLER: JASCHA

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

FREE MEN (France)

FREE_MEN                          West Coast Premiere – One Time Screening In German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (played by break-out star, Tahar Rahim) earns his living as a black marketeer.  Arrested by the French police but given a chance to
Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

THE CHRISTIAN LICORICE STORE (USA)

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                     West Coast Premiere – One Time Screening

          Special Guest:  James Frawley, award winning directorIn this ultra-trendy 1971 satire, a golden-boy tennis player in search of Life’s meaning is corrupted by Hollywood, public adulation, and the temptation to

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ELENA (Russia)

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Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds.  Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife.  They have met late in life and

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HOSPITALITE / Kantai (Japan) + short film MISTFORTUNE

HOSPITALIT West Coast Premiere – One Time Screening

Mikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist on them participating in community meetings, and the most exciting thing to happen is the

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REMEMBRANCE / Die Verlorene Zeit (Germany)

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               Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Inspired by actual events, REMEMBRANCE depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed in the terror and squalor of a Nazi concentration camp in 1944 Poland.  Spanning three decades, a Polish partisan and German

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CHARLOTTE RAMPLING: THE LOOK (Germany/France)

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

A biographical study of legendary actress Charlotte Rampling, told through her own conversations with artist friends and collaborators, including Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster, and Juergen Teller.  Intercut with footage from some of Rampling’s

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VINCENT WANTS TO SEA (Germany)

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                 Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Vincent (Florian David Fitz) suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome and, after his mother’s death, is institutionalized by his father (Heino Ferch – DOWNFALL, THE BAADER MEINHOF-COMPLEX).  He later escapes with two fellow patients — an anorexic named
Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive

LA FEE / THE FAIRY (France & Belgium)

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                  West Coast Premiere – One Time Screening

Belgium-based trio Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy follow their acclaimed ICEBERG and RUMBA with another Tati-inspired, candy-colored romp: this time, a charmingly off-kilter adventure about a hotel clerk who falls

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

LA RAFLE / The Roundup (France)

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Co-sponsored with Tolerance Education Center  

 Special Guest:   Jacques Silvan, who lived this experience

Long a taboo subject in France, the infamous Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup is brought to stirring life in this gripping drama

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

BEAUTIFUL DARLING (USA)

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 Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening 

Born James Slattery in Massapequa, Long Island, in 1944, Candy Darling transformed herself into a stunning blonde actress who in the mid-Sixties became an active player in New York’s “downtown” scene.  In her

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

FIRST ASSIGNMENT / Il Primo Incarico (Italy)

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West Coast Premiere

One Time Screening

Enthusiastically received at Venice Film Festival, Francesco Cecere’s exquisite drama follows Nena (Isabella Ragonese), a young teacher who is posted to a provincial Puglian town where she struggles to connect with the local children 

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

TOMBOY (France)

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          Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Laure is 10 years old.  Laure is a tomboy.  On her arrival in a new neighborhood, she lets Lisa and her crowd believe that she is a boy.  Truth or dare ? 

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

DOWN FOR LIFE (USA)

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                Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Watts, Los Angeles.  One day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader. She discovers that leaving the gang is more difficult than joining it.  Made in cinéma vérité style, the

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

AN ORDINARY COUPLE (USA)

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Coachella Valley Premiere

One Time Screening 1:30 pm co-sponsored with CINEMA DIVERSE  GUESTS:  Jay Gianuko – Director/Writer Producer, Susan Barnes – Writer/Producer/Editor,  Orin Kennedy and Bernardo Puccio

An Ordinary Couple is a romantic and uplifting documentary following two extraordinary men,

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

RAPT / Abduction (France)

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          Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time ScreeningIndustrialist executive Stanislas Graff (Yvan Attal) unapologetically leads a Parisian high-life, gambling away fortunes and enjoying trysts in a stunning, modern apartment purchased just for such occasions.

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

FIVE TIME CHAMPION (USA) and SING, SING, SING! (USA)

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                              FIVE TIME CHAMPION     Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening Set and filmed in Austin and Smithville, Texas, a teen-age boy, abandoned by his father, discovers what it means to be a man.  A film about the complicated nature

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

CIRCUMSTANCE (France, USA, Iran, Lebanon)

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                                  Coachella Valley Premiere                                                      Sneak Preview

Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Maryam Keshavarz’s debut film is a lush, innovative coming-of-age story set in the underground art scene of Tehran.  Iranian teenager Atafeh and her best

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

SHAHADA / Faith (Germany)

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West Coast Premiere One Time Screening

The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

SERVICE ENTRANCE / Les femmes du 6ème étage (France)

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                   Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening Conservative and tyrannical Jean-Louis Joubert, played by Fabrice Luchini (“Potiche,” “My Father’s Guests”, “Molière”), is unhappily married to Suzanne, a neurotic Parisian socialite (Sandrine Kiberlain, “Mademoiselle Chambon”, “A Self-Made Hero,” “For Sale”).  Enter

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

HEY, BOO: HARPER LEE & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (USA)

HEY_BOO Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time ScreeningThe untold story behind a great American novel.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” was the first and only novel by a young woman from the South.  It became one of the biggest best-sellers of

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

CHAMELEON (Hungary)

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Gábor, aided by his partner in crime and childhood best friend, has the perfect scam.  He targets lonely women, researches them thoroughly and then becomes their perfect suitor—only to leave them at the altar after having cleaned out their bank …

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

MY PERESTROIKA (Russia) and GOOD MEN (USA)

MYPERESTROIKA_poster_small Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time ScreeningsFeature and Short FilmSpecial  Guests:  Mark Rydell & Brian ConnorsMY PERESTROIKA:   When the USSR broke apart in 1991, a generation of young people faced a new realm of possibilities.  An intimate
Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

I MISS YOU (Argentina/Mexico)

Southern California Premiere – One Time Screening

In the 1970s, Argentina was ruled by a ruthless military regime that waged a so-called dirty war leaving some 30,000 suspected communists missing.  Inspired by actual events in the director’s life, I MISS YOU is

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

SHORT’S SHOWCASE #2 – Select the Winners

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Complimentary admission to all guests

Screening of short films from around the world, submitted to SHORTS SHOWCASE.  You and our audience will vote to select the winners.  Complimentary admission & coffee, so please bring your friends. 

Runtime:  Approx 90 minutes. …

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

OLD CATS / GATOS VOEJOS (Chile)

Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

OLD CATS is an emotionally wrought drama between an elderly woman named Isadora (Bélgica Castro) and her daughter Rosario (Claudia Celedón).  Isadora and her husband are

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THE ROBBER (Germany)

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening 

Based upon a true story, a champion marathoner leads a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between fixes (and away from police cavalcades) as many as three times a day. A

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

TO DIE LIKE A MAN (Portugal)

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João Pedro Rodrigues’ latest, a hit at both Cannes and the New York Film Festival, is a mystical melodrama that tells the tragicomic tale of a transsexual who is stuck between her junkie

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER (Germany)

A story about a Bulgarian boy who grows up to be a German man. After a car accident Alex can’t even remember his name.  In an attempt to cure him from amnesia, his grandfather, Bai Dan (Miki Manojlovic, IRINA PALM),

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

THE MATCHMAKER (Israel)

Director Avi Nesher re-creates Israel during the summer of 1968 in this poignant, engrossing coming-of-age story. Teenager Arik Burstein is the son of a survivor who never talks about his past. When he gets a summer job working as a

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

ARMY OF CRIME (France)

Coachella Valley Premiere –  One Time Screening

In Robert Guédiguian’s taut, internationally acclaimed thriller, set during the French Resistance, Armenian poet Missak Manouchian (Simon Abkarian) and his French wife (Virginie Ledoyen) lead a ragtag assortment of volunteers — Jews, Poles, Hungarians,

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive

INHALE

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

INHALE is a riveting thriller about a father ready to go to any lengths to save the life of his daughter.  Dermot Mulroney (MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING) stars as Paul Stanton, a District …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

THE RED MACHINE showing w/short GANDHI AT THE BAT – filmmaker guests

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Filmmaker guests:  Stephanie Argy, Alec Boehm, Cast & Crew

Each DFS member may bring one complimentary guest

 

Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, Eddie Doyle (Donal Thoms-Cappello), an ace …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

CARANCHO

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* Argentina's 2011 Submission for Academy Awards Best Foreign Film *

Coachella Valley Premiere

 

Each DFS member may bring one complimentary guest

Thriller starring Sosa (Ricardo Darín, "The Secret in Their Eyes", "The Aura", "Nine Queens") as an ambulance-chasing personal injury …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

SHORTS SHOWCASE – Select the Winners

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Complimentary admission to all guests

Screening of short films from around the world, submitted to SHORTS SHOWCASE.  You and our audience will vote to select the winners.  Complimentary admission & coffee, so please bring your friends. 

Runtime:  Approx 90 minutes. 

Shorts Showcase

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

DOS HERMANOS / BROTHER & SISTER

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WEST COAST PREMIERE

 One Time Screening

They are both alone. They need each other but, at the same time, they despise each other.  Siblings Marcos and Susana are unable to heal the old wounds festering within them.  Marcos's need to …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

ANITA

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Cochella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Each DFS member may bring one complimentary guest.

Anita, a young woman with Down syndrome, lives with her devoted mother (the “Meryl Streep” of Argentina, Norma Aleandr) above the shop her late father …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN – Sneak Preview – 7:30 PM (Cinemas Palme d’Or)

WAITING_FOR_SUPERMAN_3     October 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm, Cinemas Palme d'Or  (Complimentary tickets in advance.  None will be for sale.)
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HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT’S INFERNO

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

 HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT’S INFERNO

A dazzling evocation of what may be one of the greatest films never made”

In 1964, famed director Henri-Georges Clouzo,  (Wages of Fear, Diabolique, etc.),  began work on …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

SASHA (note time change) 1:00 PM Screening

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

"Young Sasha Petrovic, studious and musically talented, is the beloved child of his Montenegro-born parents, who run a pub adjacent to their home in Cologne.  But he’s got a secret crush that’s about …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

CARMO, HIT THE ROAD

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Marco is a lonely, handicapped, Spanish smuggler, driving through Brazil to sell out his cheap goods. When two bandits assault him and steal his load, he is miraculously saved by Carmo, a beautiful …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

HIDEAWAY/LE REFUGE w/short BETRAYED

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Coachella Valley Premiere

Mousse and Louis are young, beautiful, rich and in love.  But drugs have invaded their lives.  One day, they overdose and Louis dies.  Mousse survives, but soon learns she's pregnant.  Feeling lost, Mousse runs away to a …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

FRENCH GIGILO

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Judith is an attractive, level-headed woman in her fifties. She lives alone and regularly treats herself to the sexual services of young men. That's how she meets Patrick, whose kindness and simplicity win …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

UNDERTOW / CONTRACORRIENTE – special guest: Writer/Director, Javier Fuentes-León

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SPECIAL GUEST:  WRITER/DIRECTOR JAVIER FUENTES-LEON

 * Peru’s Official Submission – Best Foreign Film – Academy Awards 2011 *

Coachella Valley Premiere

With the measured patience of a seasoned filmmaker, writer/director Javier Fuentes Leon’s feature debut is a haunting tribute to the power

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

HERE & THERE

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

 

As a down-and-out musician barely surviving in New York, Robert has lost his mojo. An unexpected trip to Serbia offers a fresh angle in this tale about loneliness, cross-cultural connections and the

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

CHAMACO with guest Kirk Harris – Rogue Arts

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Chamaco is a timeless story told in the gritty world of boxing. Abner is trapped in the rough life of Mexico City. His escape? Boxing. Dr. Frank Irwin (Martin Sheen) and his son Jimmy (Kirk Harris), a pro boxer, come

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

A YEAR AGO IN WINTER

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

A grieving woman commissions a painter to do a portrait of her children: her 22 year old daughter, and her 19 year-old son, who recently died in a tragic accident. Directed by Academy Award …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

MORTGAGE w/ STUDENT SHORTS

alt A comic drama that examines how far a young couple will go in order to save their house from confiscation.  The two search for creative solutions to obtain the money, while each of them believes that his solution is saner.…
Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

ANGEL OF MINE w/short PLASTIC BAG

alt A psychological thriller that gives two of France's finest actresses’ roles to sink their teeth into.  Catherine Frot – opposite Sandrine Bonnaire – plays a woman who finds herself stalking another family once she catches a glimpse of their young…
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SAVIORS IN THE NIGHT w/short TOYLAND

alt “Saviors in the Night” is based on the memories of Marga Spiegel. In her narrative, published in 1965, she describes how courageous farmers in southern Münsterland hid her, her husband and their little daughter from 1943 until 1945, thus saving…
Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

FLAME & CITRON

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

FLAME AND CITRON tells the true story of Danish resistance to Nazi occupation during WWII.  Flammen and Citronen were the code names for a legendary duo responsible for the deaths of countless Nazis …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

35 SHOTS OF RUM

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

The soul of the story is the loving father-daughter bond the two have formed in the absence of a wife and mother. They are happy as they are, yet Lionel at times gently …

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Sneak Preview – VALENTINES DAY

Sneak Preview to DFS MembersFebruary 10, 2010 @ 7:30 PM

Regal Rancho Mirage 1672-999 Dinah Shore DriveRancho Mirage, CA 92270

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NORA’S WILL w/short HELPLESS

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in addition to a test market screening of "HELPLESS" (10 mins) w/Special Guest, Brent Huff -View Trailer-

Coachella Valley Premiere

José finds out that Nora, the woman he'd been married to for 30 years and then divorced, has died.  The rabbi explains to …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive

STILL WALKING

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Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

“Still Walking” observes a family reunion at the seaside home of a strait-laced retired doctor and his wife; events are seen through the eyes of their self-effacing grown-up son, Ryo, a recently unemployed …

Posted in 2010 Screenings, Screening Archive