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January 2015

WELCOME TO KUTSHER’S: THE LAST CATSKILLS RESORT (USA)

January 24, 2015 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher's was family-owned and operated for over 100 years.  Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience— and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries— this award-winning documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes. The Catskills resorts were not only a Jewish refuge and family vacation paradise, they also gave birth to American stand-up comedy, the NBA…

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February 2015

24 DAYS (France)

February 7, 2015 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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For Israeli audiences, this scenario may sound horrifyingly familiar.  A young man is kidnapped and brutally tortured.  Except this didn’t happen this summer, but eight years ago – and in Paris.  The victim was Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian Jew whose murder has come to symbolize the rise of anti-Semitism in modern-day France. January 20, 2006.  After dinner with his family, Ilan Halimi called an attractive girl he had met at work and made plans to meet her for coffee. Ilan…

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MATEO (Columbia)

February 21, 2015 @ 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 Best Film submission for 2015 Academy Awards When the healing power of art weakens violence in Colombia. Mateo, 16, collects extortion money on behalf of his uncle and uses his pay to help out his mother, who grudgingly accepts the ill-gotten money out of need.  They live by themselves in the poor, violent neighbourhoods alongside the Magdalena River valley in Colombia. To prove his worth, Mateo agrees to infiltrate a local theatre group in order to uncover its members’…

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March 2015

THE LAST MENTSCH (Germany)

March 14, 2015 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Marcus (MARIO ADORF) is a survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz.  His survival strategy after the war was creating a new identity for himself in Germany, one without Jewish friends or ties.  Now faced with his own mortality, he suddenly decides he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery.  To his surprise, he must first prove that he is actually a Jew.  But with all his family gone and no remaining records, he has no evidence, save for the…

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ATTILA MARCEL (France)

March 21, 2015 @ 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 Paul is a sweet man-child, raised - and smothered - by his two eccentric aunts in Paris since the death of his parents when he was a toddler. Now thirty-three, he still does not speak. He does express himself through colorful suits that would challenge any Wes Anderson character in nerd chic. Paul's aunts have only one dream for him: to win piano competitions. Although Paul practices dutifully, he remains unfulfilled until he submits to the interventions…

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April 2015

THE GILDED CAGE (France)

April 25, 2015 @ 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 For 30 years Maria & José Ribeiro have been living In an upscale Paris neighborhood,in the cozy little concièrge’s apartment of a handsome 19th century building. This Portuguese émigré couple are universally liked: Maria is a diligent housekeeper, and José is a skilled handyman. They are so highly appreciated and well integrated, that when they have a chance to fulfill their dream to return to Portugal and live a comfortable life, nobody wants to see the Ribeiros…

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May 2015

THE FINISHERS (Belgium/France)

May 2, 2015 @ 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 In a bid to bond with his father, Julien challenges him to participate with him in the Ironman race in Nice. The catch? Seventeen-year-old Paul (Fabien Héraud) has congenital palsy. His distant father is a former Ironman competitor, now unemployed and aimless, and Paul becomes inspired by a real-life family in Massachusetts who competed in the competition. Writer| Director: Nils Tavernier Running Time: 86 minutes Genre: Family Drama|Sport Distributor: Pathe International Country: France Language: French w/English subtitles…

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MARSHLAND (Spain)

May 30, 2015 @ 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 The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters - both detectives in the homicide division -to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of general disregard for women rooted in a…

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June 2015

ROCK THE CASBAH (France/Morocco)

June 13, 2015 @ 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 When successful entrepreneur and businessman Moulay Hassan (Omar Sharif) dies, in accordance with Muslim tradition, his family reunites at their home in Tangiers to spend three days sharing their memories and grieving his loss.  Sparks start to fly when prodigal daughter Sofia (Morjana Alaoui) jets in from New York.  The youngest of three sisters, Sofia has made a new life for herself as an actress in America.  Her return provides the opportunity to settle some scores with her…

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LAYOVER (USA) – in French

June 27, 2015 @ 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 FILMMAKER GUESTS JOSHUA CALDWELL, (WRITER/DIRECTOR) TRAVIS OBERLANDER, (PRODUCER) Simone, a young Parisian on her way to Singapore to get engaged, is forced to spend the night in Los Angeles when her connecting flight is canceled.  After contacting her old friend Juliette, the two head out for a night of fun with some of Juliette's friends.  When Juliette leaves the club with a stranger, Simone finds herself alone, downtown with no ride.  The arrival of a handsome and mysterious…

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July 2015

HIPPOCRATES – Diary of a French Doctor (France)

July 18, 2015 @ 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 Closing night of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week, Hippocrates, Diary of a French Doctor is a darkly comic portrait of a Paris hospital as seen through the eyes of a young intern, Benjamin, played by Vincent Lacoste (Eden), who begins his internship at the hospital ward run by his father.  Confident and determined that he will quickly become a successful doctor, Vincent soon realizes that the reality of the medical world is a lot grimmer than what…

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August 2015

THE TOWER (Germany)

August 8, 2015 @ 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 “A devastating German television mini-series about life in East Germany in the 1980s as experienced by a cultured family in suburban Dresden. A sweeping overview of a society that operates on fear, secrecy and duplicity. The Tower reminds us that the slogan “the personal is political” applies more than ever in a world where privacy has all but vanished, and any intrusion can be justified in the interests of security." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times…

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BEREAVE (USA) – Guest: Writer/Director George Giovanis

August 22, 2015 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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SPECIAL GUEST WRITER/DIRECTOR, GEORGE GIOVANIS  Coachella Valley Premiere Fatally ill Garvey thinks he has figured out how to die alone. But when his beloved wife Evelyn goes missing on their anniversary he must live to save her.  Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell, and Keith Carradine star in this character-driven romance about the love & loss of live. Writer|Director:  Evangelos Giovanis, George Giovanis Running Time:  99 min Genre:  Drama | Romance Distributor:  Multicom Entertainment Country:  USA Language:  English Rating:  N|R Official Website…

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September 2015

EADWEARD (Canada)

September 12, 2015 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE EADWEARD is the perfect movie to play both at a film festival and an art museum. It recounts the endeavors of the real-life Eadweard Muybridge, whose 19th-century photographic methods would serve as a template for what became movies. It is also a visually captivating film, beautifully shot by cinematographer Tony Mirza. Muybridge, played by Michael Eklund, is an obsessive observer of motion: horses galloping, humans jumping. In the 1880s, he took more than 100,000 photographs as part…

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LIZ IN SEPTEMBER (Venezuela)

September 19, 2015 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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CO-SPONSOR with CINEMA DIVERSE Based on the classic lesbian play, LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE, the drama, LIZ IN SEPTEMBER stars Latina lesbian supermodel Patricia Velasquez and is brought to the screen by esteemed Venezuelan director Fina Torres (WOMAN ON TOP). Every year, Liz (Velasquez), a hardcore party girl and womanizer, celebrates her birthday with her friends at a Caribbean beach retreat. This year is different. When a young woman outsider arrives, Liz’s friends dare her to seduce her. But…

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October 2015

DEAREST (Hong Kong / China)

October 3, 2015 @ 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 Shenzhen, southern China. When their 3-year old son Tianpeng goes missing, Tian Wen-jun and his ex-wife, Lu Xiao-juan, find their ordinary lives thrown into complete turmoil. Overwhelmed with guilt, they struggle to cope with the neverending nightmare that most people would be unable to comprehend. They comb through half the country in search of their child but to no avail. The waiting is the hardest thing to endure but they persevere, clinging to the faintest glimmer…

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THE FOOL / DURAK (Russia)

October 17, 2015 @ 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 The lives of hundreds of the dregs of society are at stake in this stark, grotesque portrait of a new Russia on the verge of catastrophe. Investigating a maintenance problem in a decaying provincial housing project, plumber and engineering student Dima (Artyom Bystrov) discovers two massive cracks running the length of the building. Convinced that the building is about to collapse, he rushes to alert the mayor, who is celebrating her birthday with a drunken crowd. The…

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November 2015

TO LIFE! (Germany)

November 7, 2015 @ 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 When young drifter Jonas (Max Riemelt) begins a friendship with ageing and isolated Ruth (Hannelore Elsner), their two lives become intimately intertwined.  Raised in postwar Germany, Ruth, an ex-cabaret Yiddish performer with a suppressed life force, is struggling with moving into a retirement complex.  Wandering throughout the city doing menial jobs, young Jonas tries to avoid being tied down.  Mixed with flashbacks of Ruth’s sultry Yiddish musical performances, AUF DAS LEBEN! TO LIFE! follows the two as…

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MISS VIOLENCE (Turkey)

November 21, 2015 @ 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 On the day of her birthday, eleven-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony and falls to her death with a smile on her face. While the police and Social Services try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki’s family keep insisting that it was an accident. What is the secret that young Angeliki took with her? Writers:   Alexandros Avranas, Kostas Peroulis Director : Alexandros Avranas Running Time:   98 minutes Genre: Drama Distributor:  Elle Driver Country:  Greece…

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December 2015

YELLOW EYES OF THE CROCODILES (France)

December 5, 2015 @ 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 Directed by Cécile TELERMAN Synopsis Based on the runaway bestseller, Katherine Pancol’s novel The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles – Editions Albin Michel. When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Joséphine Cortès is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two – confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoé – is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager…

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GITEL (Russia & Lithuania)

December 19, 2015 @ 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 It’s 1969. Intelligent & witty concert violinist, Gitel Bargman (Marija Korenkaitettr), lives in a Kuybyshev apartment.  To the outsider, she has everything, but Gitel hides a secret.  A survivor of the Holocaust, she is haunted not only by painful memories of the past, but also by the ghosts of her two sisters who perished in an extermination camp.  Unable to escape her past, Gitel cannot embrace her future.  One night she meets Lev, a quiet man who struggles…

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