Events Search and Views Navigation
February 1, 2020 – U.S. – 87 min – Documentary. For over 30 years, Marion Stokes obsessively and privately recorded American television news twenty-four hours a day. A civil rights-era Communist radical who became fabulously wealthy and reclusive later in life, her obsession started with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979—at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 as the Sandy Hook massacre played on television while Marion passed away. In between, Marion filled 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows and commercials that show us how television shaped the world of today and in the process tell us who we were.Find out more »
February 8, 2020 – Drama / Romance / True Story - 106 min. The Arab Spring forces Tunisian Nazir, married to the pregnant Dutch hairdresser Kimmy, to escape to Europe, but he ends up in Lampedusa, imprisoned as an illegal refugee. RAFAËL is a romantic drama about two lovers giving everything they have, just to try to be reunited for the birth of their son Rafaël. It is a suspenseful story about borders, dreams, perseverance and love-transcending bureaucracy, borders and even prison walls.Find out more »
February 22, 2020 - BALLOON – Germany – 128 min - Drama | Thriller.
Thuriingen, 1979. Based upon a true story of two families who worked on an audacious plan for more than two years: to flee East Germany in a homemade hot-air balloon- a nerve-wracking battle against the clock..Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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. 3 wins & 7 nominations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd44hGyqQZ0 Free to Desert Film Society members or pay $15 at the door. …Find out more »
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…Find out more »
The Association of Moving Image Archivists presents videos from archives and archivists around the world! After 28 years in secret, AMIA's Archival Screening Night is available to the public! The Association of Moving Image Archivists has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — 22 astonishing films and videos in 110 minutes from archives and archivists around the world! Archival Screening Night has been the centerpiece of every AMIA conference since 1991. What makes Archival Roadshow Edition special is that for the first time…Find out more »
SILENT REVOLUTION – Germany – 111 min – Drama/History Pre Berlin Wall, idealistic German students demonstrate solidarity with victims of the Hungarian revolution by a moment of silence in the classroom. This act of defiance will entail consequences. Based on a true story. Trailer: https://youtu.be/9fWYUeMmDZA Awards: 8 wins & 8 nominations 2019 Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) Won, Audience Award Narrative Feature Lars Kraume 2019 Luxembourg City Film Festival Won, School Jury Award Lars Kraume Statement of the School Jury:…Find out more »
Leila Slimani’s critically acclaimed, international bestseller “The Perfect Nanny” — aka “Chanson Douce” — is on the big screen. The story follows Myriam, a lawyer who decides to return to work after having children. She and her husband think they’ve found the perfect nanny for their son and daughter. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau Running Time: 100 minutes Genre: Crime | Drama Distributor:…Find out more »
COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE MRS G. tells the story of Mrs. Lea Gottlieb, the legendary designer, founder and owner of the Gottex swimwear empire. Gottlieb was a woman full of contradictions who knew how to recover from periods of crisis – from surviving the Holocaust, establishing a small factory in Israel, to her phenomenal success abroad. The film follows Mrs. G’s incredible creativeness along side her dominant personality, her complex relationships with her two daughters, who both worked for the family…Find out more »
July 25, 2020. WHITE LIE - Canada - 96 min. A character-driven psychological thriller film from the promising new Toronto-based directors Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas.
A troubled young woman traps herself in a dangerous spiral of deception in WHITE LIE
fabricating a cancer diagnosis in order to solicit attention, sympathy and charitable cash donations. This Toronto world premiere from Canadian writer-director duo Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis is the kind of intelligent, well-crafted indie thriller that earns respectable notices and festival bookings. Theatrical prospects will likely be niche, though its gripping race-against-time plot and newsworthy subject matter should boost the film's audience potential. The factitious disorder of falsely announcing a serious medical condition on social media, which psychiatrists have dubbed “Munchausen by Internet,” has escalated in recent years, with several high-profile fraudsters exposed and jailed.
Kacey Rohl dominates the film with her stunning and superbly textured performance as Katie — who variously comes across as an average young woman, a scared, abandoned little girl, and a Machiavellian schemer — and she's supported by an amazing cast that includes Martin Donovan, Connor Jessup, Amber Anderson, Sharon Lewis, Christine Horne, and Dan BeirneFind out more »