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January 2014

SOME VELVET MORNING (USA)

January 18, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:30 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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West Coast Premiere Stanley Tucci stars as a man who surprises his former mistress (Alice Eve), claiming to have left his wife. Before too long, a dark history between the two has come into focus.    "This film is an emotional see-saw... I am in awe of it." – Film.com "LaBute hasn't made something this unforgettable in a long time." – The Playlist "Full of intelligent and witty twists and turns." – Screen International Writer | Director:  Neil LaBute Running time:  82 min.…

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February 2014

THE ROCKET (Australia /Laos)

February 1, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Official submission for 2014 Academy Award, Best Foreign Film. A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family (and a couple of ragged misfits) through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy builds a giant rocket to prove he's not cursed and to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: a rocket festival. Audience Award - AFI Festival, November 2013, L.A. Website and Trailer:   http://www.kinolorber.com/film.php?id=1474…

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THE MAJOR (Russia)

February 15, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Coachella Valley Premiere There’s no way back, once you cross the line Playing out over the course of one day, The Major is a gripping drama that sees screenwriter-director Yuri Bykov deliver an indicting criticism of police corruption and the collateral damage it leaves behind. Speeding down a rural road on a cold, snowy day, towards the hospital where his wife is giving birth, Sergey Sobolev (Denis Shvedov), a police major at a small city precinct, runs…

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REEL INJUN – Native American Festival – Invite

February 22, 2014 @ 9:00 am to approx. 11:30 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Native American Film Fest invites Desert Film Society members as their complimentary guests at a  9:30AM screening.  SPECIAL GUEST:  N. Bird Runningwater Director, Native American and Indigenous Program – Sundance Institute Born of the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache peoples, Runningwater was reared on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. He has overseen the Native Lab of the Institute which has launched projects such as Four Sheets to the Wind, Sikumi, Miss Navajo, Shímásání, and Drunktown’s Finest.  Runningwater has also established filmmaker Labs in New Zealand and…

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March 2014

WHITE LIES (New Zealand)

March 1, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Official Academy Award submission from New Zealand for '2014 Best Foreign Film' White Lies is a story about the nature of identity: those who deny it and those who strive to protect it. Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman.  She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people - she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers.  On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea (Rachel House), the…

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THE STURGEON QUEENS (USA), GUS (USA) and IN BED AT 10 PM (Israel)

March 15, 2014 @ 9:30 am to approx. 11:30 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERES STURGEON QUEENS: 100-year-old Hattie Russ Gold and her sister, 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman, have life stories that hit all the key notes of the New York Jewish immigrant experience: hardwork, humor, romance, and a little tsuris. Hattie and Anne are the surviving daughters of the famed lox and herring emporium on the Lower East Side, Russ & Daughters, which opened its doors in 1914. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, see interviews with…

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April 2014

JIMMY P.: PSYCHOTHERAPY OF A PLAINS INDIAN (France – in English)

April 5, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE   In the late 1940s, at the progressive Menninger Clinic, two mavericks bonded, not simply as therapist and patient, but as friends united by their personal experiences as outsiders. Arnaud Desplechin’s extraordinarily intelligent and moving adaptation of Georges Devereux’s landmark work of ethnographicpsychoanalysis stars Benecio Del Toro as the titular Jimmy P, a Blackfoot Indian and World War II veteran suffering from what initially seems like severe posttraumatic stress, and Mathieu Amalric as Devereux, a Hungarian Jew…

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May 2014

POUR UNE FEMME/FOR A WOMAN (France)

May 3, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Anne has a very active imagination, only natural for a writer. But in her mid-thirties, she still knows practically nothing of her own family's past. After her mother's death, Anne discovers old photos and letters that convince her to take a closer look at the life of her parents, Michael and Léna. The young couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, later moving to France to start their new life together. Soon, Anne's research…

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JE M’APPELLE HMMM…. /MY NAME IS HMMM… (France)

May 17, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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WEST COAST PREMIERE French fashion designer and film producer Agnes Trouble makes her directorial and screenwriting debut under the pseudonym agnès b. with fictional JE M’APPELLE HMMM... Dark and designed to unsettle. An 11 year old runaway, the oldest daughter of three. An absent mother, an abusive father, a grandmother too pure to imagine what is going on. A field trip, the girl disappears... she has found refuge in a truck, an initiatory journey, a chance meeting, new encounters, a…

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June 2014

NAOMI / HITPARTZUT X (Israel, France)

June 7, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Ilan Ben Natan, a 58-year-old Astrophysics Professor, is obsessively in love with his young wife, Naomi. When Ilan discovers that his deepest fears have come true – Naomi has a lover – he is unable to control himself. He stalks and confronts the lover. "A film about guilt, love, devotion and a quintessentially overprotective mother, this edgy film successfully combines suspense and human nature in the best traditions of Alfred Hitchcock and the Coen Brothers." … San…

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WHERE I BELONG (UK & Austria)

June 28, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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U.S. PREMIERE WHERE I BELONG is a riveting historical drama that portrays the power of love and forgiveness during even the darkest of times. Rosemarie is a hard working young woman living in a small English town in the 1950's with her father. They had lost their home and way of life as they fled Austria during the war to escape the Nazi oppression. Since then, despite poverty and loneliness, she has always kept the faith that better days would…

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July 2014

MAGNIFICA PRESENZA / A MAGNIFICENT HAUNTING (Italy)

July 19, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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WEST COAST PREMIERE Twenty eight year old Pietro, a lonely soul who works night-shifts in a bakery, has just moved to Rome into a beautiful and crucially low rent apartment. He soon starts noticing objects have been moved and strange noises are coming from empty rooms. It becomes clear that he is not living alone. His initial reaction is to ignore the seven and a half annoying residents, and then tries everything he can to get rid of them, to…

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August 2014

FOUR OF A KIND (Australia)

August 2, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Lies. Betrayal. Blackmail. Murder. Four different women, each with a well-hidden secret they are coaxed, tricked or forced into revealing. Through a veil of lies all four flirt with the truth as they experience betrayal, ambition, loneliness, pain and anger. But the lies they tell themselves might be the ones that hurt the most. " … beneath its deceptively simple surface lies an emotionally lacerating psychological whodunit of unusual complexity" Paul Harris, FILM BUFFS FORECAST ‘ Fine…

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MY GERMAN FRIEND (Germany & Argentina)

August 16, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE After the war, Nazis and Jews alike fled to Argentina to escape war crime tribunals and the horrendous persecution of the past, respectively. Each brings with them an intense dislike of the other, trying their best to begin new lives, but the ghosts of the past sometimes never let go. Two families, one Jewish, and one German, are neighbors. The film is a story about their children's lifetime close relationship. In her new film, MY GERMAN FREND,…

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September 2014

BRASSERIE ROMANTIEK (Belgium)

September 6, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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  COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE  Forty-something Pascaline runs a brasserie and her stylish dining room is fully booked for Valentine's Day.  She thinks she's prepared everything. But how could she expect that an old flame from 20 years ago would suddenly reappear.   Her other diners must also cope with the unexpected -  50 year-old, bored housewife, Rose, Mia, approaching 30 and thinking of suicide, and shy clerk, Walter. The lust-inducing menu in Brasserie Romantique, makes the audience salivate, is comprised so:…

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MIA (Argentina) co-sponsor w/CINEMA DIVERSE

September 20, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Ale is a beautiful transgender cartonera who lives on the city’s edge, in a shantytown for the gay and transgender homeless.  She gathers refuse and cardboard on the Buenos Aires streets to make a living.  One night Ale sees 10-year old Julia being forced back inside her house by the maid and her father.  The maid quits, and in frustration, the father throws a mysterious cardboard box into the trash.  Ale takes the box containing the personal effects & journal of…

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October 2014

CLOSED SEASON /ENDE DER SCHONZEIT (Germany)

October 11, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Bruno, a young German entomology student, travels to an Israeli kibbutz, but he is not seeking a romantic experience in the young Zionist state, nor will he make any scientific discoveries. Before her death, Bruno’s mother told him to deliver a letter to Avi, a German-born Jewish member of the kibbutz. Reluctantly, Avi shares his story from 1942 with the young man. During the war, while fleeing to Switzerland to escape the Nazis, Avi was saved by the brutish, hard-working…

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November 2014

A WOLF AT THE DOOR (Brazil)

November 1, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Set in Rio de Janeiro, "A Wolf at the Door" is an absorbing & challanging thriller about a kidnapped child and the terror of the parents left behind. When Sylvia (Fabíula Nascimento) discovers her 6 yr old daughter has been picked up at school by an unknown woman, police summon her husband Bernardo (Milhem Cortaz) to the station for questioning. There Bernardo confesses his extra-marital affair with Rosa (Leandra Leal), whom detectives believe to be involved in the…

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PAULETTE (France)

November 15, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE In this amusing fairytale, based upon true events, cranky and racist Paulette lives alone in the Paris suburbs.  With her meager pension she can no longer make ends meet. Writers:  Laurie Aubanel, Jérôme Enrico Director:  Jérôme Enrico Running Time:  87 min. Genre:  Comedy | Crime Distributor:  Cohen Media Group Country:  France Language:  French w |English Subtitles Rated R for drug content and language Starring: Bernadette Lafont, Carmen Maura, Dominique Lavanant, Françoise Bertin, André Penvern FESTIVALS:  Festa do…

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December 2014

QUOD ERAT DEMONSTRANDUM (Romania)

December 6, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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US Premiere at NEW DIRECTORS / NEW FILMS FESTIVAL -New York, March 2014.   Romania, mid-1980's, Sorin (Sorin Leoveanu) a gifted mathematician whose career advancement is blocked because he is not a member of the Communist party, comes to the attention of the security services after he secretly arranges for an academic paper on his new theorem to be published in an American journal.  With practiced insidiousness, the Securitate start their investigation, led by Voican (Florin Piersic, Jr.) who sets…

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A PLACE CALLED HOME (Serbia/Greece)

December 20, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Eleni, a professor of cardiology in London, has been estranged from her father, Kyriakos, for many years. Kyriakos has never forgiven her for leaving her country. When Eleni’s husband, Harris, is posted to China on an open-ended contract, she realizes the danger of a new uprooting and decides to visit Greece and make peace with her father. But when she reaches home, nothing she finds is as she expects. Nina, a woman from Serbia, is living with Kyriakos, looking after…

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