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January 2018

KING OF PEKING (China)

January 20 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE A Comedy/Drama set in 1998.  Big Wong and Little Wong are a close-knit father-son duo. Together, they travel with their mobile cinema, projecting Hollywood movies to local villagers, but easy money comes with its own price tag. KING OF PEKiNG explores father and son relationships, morality, and what it means to be an example to others.   Writer|Director:  Sam Voutas Genre:  Drama|Comedy Running Time:  88 minutes Distributor:  Peking Pictures Country:  China/Australia/USA Language:  Mandarin with English subtitles Rating:…

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February 2018

INSYRIATED / IN SYRIA (Lebanon)

February 10 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan, mother of three, turned her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbors, trying to protect them from the war outside. When bombs threaten to destroy the building, when snipers turn the courtyards into deadly zones, and burglars break in to claim their dreadful bounties, maintaining the thin balance of routine inside the walls becomes a matter of life and death. Writer|Director: Philippe Van Leeuw Genre: Drama|War Running Time: 85 minutes Distributor: Film…

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BIG SONIA (USA)

February 24 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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For years, Sonia Warshawski (91) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people. When Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop, she's confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or relocate. Ironically, Sonia’s shop is the last open business in an otherwise desolate Kansas City mall. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep…

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March 2018

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE (South Africa)

March 10 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde captures a dark period in South Africa's recent history, skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller with spectacular courtroom intrigue, while paying tribute to the legendary figures who fought to end segregation and corruption in their country. In apartheid-ruled South Africa, a renowned lawyer, Bram Fischer, struggles to hide his secret affiliation to the nation's chief resistance movement as he takes on defending a group of its arrested members, including its leader,…

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WRONG LIGHT (Thailand)

March 24 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE   A charismatic activist leads a globally-regarded NGO that provides shelter and education for girls rescued from brothels in Northern Thailand.  As the filmmakers meet the girls and their families, discrepancies begin to emerge and their story takes an unexpected turn. Directors: Dave Adams, Josie Swantek Genre:  Documentary Running time:  78 minutes Distributor:  CINEMA GUILD Country:  Thailand | USA Language:  Thai w|English Subtitles, English Rating:  N|R   FESTIVALS:  USA: Cleveland International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Louisiana…

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April 2018

HUMOR ME (USA)

April 14 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE   A heartfelt father-son comedy about a struggling playwright who is forced to move in with his joke-telling dad in a New Jersey retirement community and learns, as his father often says, "life's going to happen, whether you smile or not.". Cast:  Jemaine Clement, Elliott Gould, Ingrid Michaelson, Bebe Neuworth & Annie Potts. Genre:  Comedy Running Time:  93 min Distributors:  Menemsha Films and The Festival Agency Director: Sam Hoffman Screenplay: Sam Hoffman Language: English language Editor: Paul…

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DEDE (Georgia/Qatar)

April 28 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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West Coast Premiere 1992.  Dina lives in a remote village high in the Georgian mountains where century old traditions rule day to day life.  Her grandfather has arranged for her to marry, but when handsome Gegi returns from war, she falls in love with him and they elope, trampling on traditional Svaneti culture.  Her refusal to abide by Tradition will cost her more than she could imagine…   Writers:  Mariam Khatchvani | Vladimer Katcharava Director:  Mariam Khatchvani Genre:  Drama Running Time:…

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May 2018

GRAND PROMISE / LA GRAN PROMESA (Mexico)

May 5 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE A young man must—as a last resort—kidnap his own newborn daughter to prevent her custody from falling into the wrong hands.  Outrunning the authorities, he sacrifices his citizenship and career by retreating to Europe after leaving his child in the care of his close friends in Mexico.  Decades later, he must find a way home—whatever the cost. Writers: Jorge Ramírez Suárez|Klaas Bense Director|Producer:  Jorge Ramirez Suarez (Rabbit on the Moon”) Cinematographer:  Martin Boege Screenwriter:  Jorge Ramirez-Suarez, Klaas…

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HOLY FAMILY (France)

May 19 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

U.S. PREMIERE   The story of a traditional Catholic family in northern France, part of society but subject to all its changes. A wealthy family with close ties to a church that is facing up to the modernizing approach of Pope Francis.  Madeleine de Waquin-Fournier is head of the clan, while Charles, a brilliant young priest with a bright future ahead of him, falls in love with a novice nun. Genre:  Drama Running Time:  85 min. Director(s) : Marion Sarrault Author(s)…

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June 2018

STREAKER / FLITZER (Switzerland)

June 2 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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 STREAKER (FLITZER) by Peter Luisi Strip and Run 1970’s-style streaking is alive and well in Switzerland.  In order to get out of a financial crisis, high school teacher Balz Naef (53) starts an illegal sports betting business, recruiting and training streakers  – people who run naked through a football field.  He has people placing bets on how long streakers can last on the soccer field before being taken off by security.  While he and his team help streaking become the new trend sport,…

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July 2018

THE LAST SUIT (Spain/Argentina)

July 7 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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An aging Jewish tailor leaves his life in Argentina to embark on a journey back through time and halfway around the world, in the bittersweet road movie THE LAST SUIT. Eighty-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is about to be put out to pasture by his children, who have sold his house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and booked him into a retirement home. Refusing to bow to family pressure, he sets off on an adventure from which…

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LIGHT OF HOPE (Spain)

July 21 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Based on the true story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz (1913-2011) and her female co-workers who saved the lives of almost 600 infants in World War II. In the early 1940's, refugees from all over Europe seek shelter in South Western France, escaping persecution from the Nazis and from Franco's regime in Spain. Among them, there are countless women, some of them pregnant, and their little children. The camps are in horrendous shape with refugees holding out with no protection from the…

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August 2018

THE SAMUEL PROJECT (USA) GUESTS

August 4 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Guests: Ryan Ochoa, Marc Fusco and Steve Weinberger   Eli, an outcast teen, played by Ochoa, who dreams of becoming an artist, connects with his isolated grandfather Samuel, a dry cleaner portrayed by Linden,  for the first time.  Eli uncovers his grandfather's surprising past, when he makes his grandpa the subject of an animated art project for school.    Starring Ryan Ochoa (Disney xD's PAIR OF KINGS, Nickelodeon's iCARLY, THE PERFECT GAME), Liza Lapira (CRAZY STUPID LOVE) and the iconic Hal Linden (BARNEY MILLER). …

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THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH (United Kingdom)

August 11 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

The film centers on a random act of theft that has put Tom Hammond's life into a tailspin.  Stolen from his bookshop is Tom's most treasured possession, a photograph of him with his son Luke...their last moment of shared happiness.  THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH is set between London in 2003, and a dark night in 1988 when Pan Am 103 was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie.  Starring and directed by Danny Huston.  .... Written By The Works Film Group Genre:  Drama…

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SLIPAWAY (USA) GUESTS

August 18 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

  COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE Filmmaker Guests:  Julia Butler, Writer/Director Elaine Partnow, Lead Actress  SLIPAWAY is a touching and thought-provoking film, shot on a vintage sailboat in the middle of the ocean.   A spiritual journey of compassion, redemption and unconditional friendship between two solitary souls at opposite ends of life.  It has traveled the world, winning 23 international film festivals, over 20 nominations, and it was shortlisted by the Academy for an Award consideration. Starring:  Elaine Partnow and Jesse Pepe…

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September 2018

BENEATH THE SILENCE (Israel)

September 8 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

1973.  Six years after returning from the Six Day War with a battle shock, Menashe realizes he will never be the man he used to be before the war.  He can’t communicate with his surroundings, and spends his days driving away in his red track for long hours.  The young family he created collapses due to his lack of communication with his wife, Daphna, and their little son, Shlomi. At a time when PTSD is still not recognized as a medical condition, Daphna, his wife,…

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EVERY ACT OF LIFE (USA)

September 22 @ 9:15 am to approx. 11:30 am
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

PLEASE NOTE:  The starting time for this film ONLY is 9:30 AM.  Doors will unlock at 9:00.   Few if any living playwrights have been as successful for as long as Terrence McNally. Nearing his ninth decade his body of work includes:  Master Class, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ragtime, Full Monty, The Ritz, Corpus Christi, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Love! Valour! Compassion! and Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune, to name just a few.  But his life offstage…

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October 2018

CATCH THE WIND (France)

October 6 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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Edith sees her life turned upside down when the factory where she has always worked is relocated to Tangiers, leaving the workers with a choice between unemployment and moving to Morocco to keep their jobs.  Estranged from her son and without any ties, Edith is the only one to take up the factory's offer.  While her first days in the new factory and an unknown country are far from easy, she soon makes friends with Mina, the owner of the…

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BAD GENIUS (Thailand)

October 20 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Playing on the Thai obsession with academic achievement and test taking, Bad Genius is a comedic heist thriller that plays out in a prestigious high school.  Genius student Lynn arrives on a full scholarship.  When her friend Grace needs a few test answers, Lynn helps her out, leading to an elaborate cheating scheme to help out other rich-kid students.  Soon busted and having lost her scholarship, there is nothing else for Lynn to do but plan to crack the international U.S. university…

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November 2018

DJAM (France-Greece-Turkey) and WINK (USA)

November 3 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formerly: Camelot Theatres), 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Djam, a young Greek woman, is sent to Istanbul by her uncle Kakourgos, a former sailor with a passion for Rebetiko, to find a rare part that will repair their boat.  In Istanbul, she encounters Avril, a nineteen-year-old French girl, alone and without any money, who came to Turkey as a voluntary worker with refugees.  Djam, generous, cheeky, unpredictable, and free-spirited, takes Avril under her wing on the way to Mytilene.  A journey filled with encounters, music, sharing, and hope.…

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