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July 2019

MY POLISH HONEYMOON (France)

July 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Anna and Adam, a young Parisian couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time.  Technically speaking this will be their honeymoon.  They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam's grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago. Adam is not really enthusiastic, but sees it as an occasion to spend some quality time with his wife, away from their baby boy.  Anna, on the other hand, is…

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August 2019

THE CITIZEN (Hungary)

August 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

In his late fifties Wilson, whose family was killed during an outbreak of civil war in Guinea-Bissau, enters Europe as a political refugee and settles for a sedate life as a security guard in a Budapest shopping center. Wilson's main desire is to acquire Hungarian citizenship. The story follows Wilson as he attempts to find his place in Hungarian society in his daily life, at work, with Mari, a history teacher who helps him study for the citizenship and Shirin,…

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GASPARD AT THE WEDDING (France/Belgium)

August 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE Shortly after their chance meeting, Gaspard asks Laura if she will accompany him to his family home and pose as his girlfriend at his father’s second wedding. At this point, viewers will probably assume they’re dealing with a familiar and delightful trope of romantic comedy: the fake couple will become a real one, and everyone will live happily ever after.  And while that isn’t altogether false, Antony Cordier’s Gaspard at the Wedding is a far more surprising…

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September 2019

SINK OR SWIM (France/Belgium)

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

With buoyant energy, Gilles Lellouche choreographs and directs a stellar ensemble in pursuit of grace and discarded dreams—that is, a group of varyingly coordinated middle-aged men who find an outlet in synchronized swimming. Bertrand (Mathieu Amalric, soulful yet understated) is the newbie to the group, having signed up on a whim to take his mind off of his unemployment and depression. As he gets to know his fellow swimmers, played by Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade, and Philippe Katerine,…

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DEAR FREDY (Israel)

September 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am to approx. 11:00 am
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Co-Sponsor with CINEMA DIVERSE. Please note film will start promptly at 9:30 AM   A Heroic Gay Jewish Sportsman Who Ended Up in Auschwitz Fredy Hirsch was born in Germany, a proud Jew and openly gay man he was 19 years old when the Nuremberg Laws were published, he fled from Germany to the Czech Republic which was conquered by the Nazis.  He began activities in the Czech Republic as a sports teacher in Jewish youth club, and soon became…

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October 2019

THE ORCHESTRA CLASS (France)

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

WEST COAST PREMIERE When violinist Simon Daoud is hired to teach the violin to a class of unruly junior high school students in an immigrant suburb of Paris, his first instinct is to run back to his rarefied world of classical string quartets.  His mission to teach these twelve loudmouths to perform the violin parts in Rimsky-Korsakov’s  Cheherazade at the Paris Philharmonic at the end of the school year seems beyond impossible.  Yet as he gets to know the kids…

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THE COMING BACK OUT BALL MOVIE (Australia)

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

CALIFORNIA PREMIERE "THE COMING BACK OUT BALL MOVIE" is an observational feature documentary that follows a group of older LGBTIQ+ people, who have been invited to attend a Ball celebrating their gender and sexual identity.  Faced with the complexities of ageing and isolation, these extraordinary people seize each day with determination and humor.  In a time that is rapidly changing for the LGBTIQ+ community around the world, we witness some of our cast experiencing acceptance and love for the very…

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November 2019

LOVE IN SUSPENDERS (Israel)

November 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

So it happens that Tammy (Nitza Saul), a 64 year old widow who constantly deals with the memory of her loving late husband, meets Beno (Yehuda Barken), a 70 year old sarcastic lone wolf widower - and the two fall in love. From their first unfortunate encounter, when Tammy hits Beno with her car, Tammy and Beno experience all sorts of emotional, funny struggles. They get closer, break up, get back together and fight again, until ultimately their love wins out. Shlomo Bar-Aba gives…

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MURER – ANATOMY OF A TRIAL (Austria, Luxembourg)

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PREMIERE On the basis of original records, MURER – ANATOMY OF A TRIAL reconstructs the 1963 proceedings against Franz Murer, a wealthy Austrian farmer with a sterling reputation, that took place in Graz. This respected local politician and family man was in charge of the Vilnius ghetto from 1941 to 1943, where its residents called him the “Butcher of Vilnius.” Solely 600 of the 80,000 Jews who originally lived there survived Nazi rule. Survivors came from around the…

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THREE DAYS AND A LIFE / TROIS JOURS ET UNE VIE

November 22, 2019 @ 7:15 pm to approx. 9:45 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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$13.00

THREE DAYS AND A LIFE (TROIS JOURS ET UNE VIE) – 120 min Master crime writer Pierre Lemaitre's own adaptation of his haunting novel.  It's Christmas 1999, in a peaceful little village in the Ardennes.  The life of a young boy named Antoine will soon be devastated by three tragic events : the death of a dog, the vanishing of a child, and a big ravaging storm.  This drama/suspense stars Pablo Pauly, Sandrine Bonnaire, Charles Berling, Margot Bancilhon, Philippe Torreton and Dimitri Storoge.  The director, Nicolas Boukhrief…

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REMI, NOBODY’S BOY / REMI SANS FAMILLE

November 23, 2019 @ 1:30 pm to approx. 3:30 pm
$13.00

REMI, NOBODY’S BOY (REMI SANS FAMILLE) – 105 min This is the adaptation of Hector Malot's French novel Sans famille (1878). The adventures of the young Rémi, an orphan, collected by the gentle Madam Barberin. At the age of 10 years, he is snatched from his adoptive mother and entrusted to the signor Vitalis, a mysterious itinerant musician. Has its sides, he will learn the harsh life of acrobat and sing to win his bread. Accompanied by the faithful dog…

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LITTLE TICKLES / LES CHATOUILLES showing with LITTLE HANDS

November 23, 2019 @ 4:30 pm to approx. 6:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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LITTLE TICKLES (LES CHATOUILLES) – 103 min Odette is a 8-yr-old girl who loves to dance and draw.  Why should she distrust a friend of her parents' who offers to "tickle" her?  Once she has become an adult, Odette realizes she was abused, and immerses herself body and soul in her career as a dancer while trying to deal with her past.   Nominated for 5 César Awards, winning Best Supporting Actress & Best Adapted Screenplay.  Nominated for 3 Globes de Cristal Awards, 2 Lumiere…

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IN SAFE HANDS / PUPILLE showing with UPSET BODY / CORPS CONTRARIE

November 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm to approx. 9:45 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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IN SAFE HANDS (PUPILLE) – 110 min Jeanne Herry crafts a story stemming from a delicate two-and-a-half-month state of limbo for a newborn child, Théo, who becomes a ward of the state after his mother gives him up for adoption at birth. In Safe Hands choreographs parallel strands of action: the search for potential parents undertaken by the social workers managing Théo’s case (Sandrine Kiberlain and Clotilde Mollet), the care and vigilance required for Théo’s foster father (Gilles Lellouche) to properly nurture him…

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SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE / DEUX MOI

November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am to approx. 3:00 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE (DEUX MOI) – 110 min Two lonely neighbors would be perfect for each other if only they could overcome their individual hang-ups and stop substituting computer screens for real connections.  She multiplies dates on social networks that lead nowhere while he struggles to meet anyone.  Both are victims of this loneliness of big cities, in a hyper connected world where one would think meeting someone would be easier.  Two individuals, two different paths.  Without knowing it, they take two roads that…

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AMANDA

November 24, 2019 @ 2:00 pm to approx. 4:00 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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AMANDA – 107 min Vincent Lacoste leads Mikhaël Hers’s poignant new feature about trauma and its aftershocks.  At first, David (Lacoste) is just beginning to figure out life in his early twenties, helping his sister (Ophélia Kolb) raise her 7-year-old daughter, Amanda (Isaure Multrier), and gently initiating a romance with a pianist (Stacy Martin, Nymphomaniac).   This era of placidity is brutally ruptured, and a grief-stricken David must assume new responsibility for Amanda as a potential guardian.  With an understated directorial touch, Hers…

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DEERSKIN / LE DAIM showing with THE VILLA / LES GRACIUSES

November 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm to approx. 6:45 pm
$13.00

DEERSKIN (LE DAIM) – 77 min Georges, 44 years old, and his vintage, fringed, deerskin jacket have a plan.  His obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.  French comedy film directed by Quentin Dupieux opened to enthusiastic reviews in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.  Charismatic Jean Dujardin is hilarious and unhinged, as a psychopath so infatuated with his new jacket that he decides it should be the only one in the world. …

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December 2019

EMMA PEETERS (Belgium)

December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

Southern California Premiere Emma Peeters will soon be 35 and has yet to accomplish something.  After years of hardship in Paris in trying to become an actress, an idea strikes her fancy: bringing her days to an end in a week’s time, on her birthday.  In the process Emma meets Alex Bodart, a fanciful funeral home employee who will help her in her reckless endeavor.  By dint of hard work to hide their respective feelings, it seems they may succeed…

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THE INVISIBLE WITNESS (Italy)

December 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
$15.00

Adriano wakes up in a hotel room next to the dead body of his lover, Laura.  The door is locked from the inside and there is no evidence of anybody else in the room.  Despite he claims his innocence, the man is charged with murder and chooses Virginia Ferrara, a veteran criminal attorney who has never lost a trial, to decide the defensive strategy.  The two only have three hours to prepare the case, discredit a key witness who’s accusing…

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January 2020

BEST OF DORIEN B. (Flanders)

January 18 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

January 18 @ 10:00 am | A thirty something married mother of two with a flourishing veterinary practice sees her hitherto settled life start to crumble all at once.  An unsentimental treatment and lots of wry humor balance out the chaos in a film where a woman must find herself again and all that is ‘best’ in her to escape the trap that life has pushed her into.

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February 2020

RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT (U.S.A.)

February 1 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

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.

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RAFAËL (Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia)

February 8 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

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.

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BALLOON (Germany)

February 22 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

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..

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March 2020

THE KEEPER (U.K., Germany)

March 7 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

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.

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THOSE WHO REMAINED (Hungary)

March 14 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

THIS MOVIE IS BEING RESCHEDULED. CHECK BACK LATER FOR NEW DATE. 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.

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April 2020

THE GIRL IN THE FOG (Italy)

April 4 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

This movie will be rescheduled. Check back later for new date. 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.

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HOW ABOUT ADOLF? (Germany)

April 25 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

This movie will be rescheduled. Check back in May. HOW 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 in this scintillating dark comedy. A breakout German box office hit.

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May 2020

SILENT REVOLUTION (Germany)

May 16 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

May 16, 2020 - SILENT REVOLUTION – Germany – 111 min – Drama/History

A gripping and true story set in 1956 in East Germany of a group of students who saw their life changed forever by a harmless human act of solidarity during the early stage of the Cold War, where freedom of thinking and integrity could make anyone an enemy of the state… or an ordinary hero. This is a film about the extraordinary courage of young individuals in a time of political oppression.

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June 2020

THE PERFECT NANNY / CHANSON DOUCE (France)

June 6 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

DFS members will receive an E-mail link on 6/6 to enable them to watch this film.   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,…

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AMIA – ARCHIVAL SCREENING NIGHT

June 13 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

On SA, June 13 Desert Film Society members will receive a link to view this film orig scheduled for May 2.   A video introduction will feature Melissa Dollman and Devin Orgeron.  

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MRS G – Israel (plus 3 shorts)

June 27 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

DFS members will receive an E-mail link on 6/27 to enable them to watch this film.   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…

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July 2020

WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (Germany & Switzerland)

July 11 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

DFS Members will be sent a link on 7/11 to watch this film.  Oscar®-winner Caroline Link (All About Me, Nowhere in Africa) adapted Judith Kerr’s bestseller When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, a true story about parting, family cohesion, and optimism, for the screen.

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THE PICTURE OF HIS LIFE (Israel, U.S., Canada)

July 25 @ 1:00 am to approx. 11:30 pm

UPDATE to our schedule. 24 hour links will be e-mailed to DFS members on July 25, 2020.

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August 2020

THERE ARE NO LIONS IN TEL AVIV (Israel)

August 8

On August 8 Desert Film Society members will receive a 24 hour link to watch this film at home.

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PETER FALK VS COLUMBO (France)

August 22 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
CA United States

On August 22, 2020 DFS members will receive an E-mail link to watch this.

For many, he is above all the fluffy and at the same time ingenious investigator who transfers the powerful to their luxury villas in a crumpled trench coat. But Peter Falk not only embodied Inspector Columbo, but also worked as an actor with directors such as Frank Capra, Sydney Pollack, John Cassavetes and Blake Edwards.

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September 2020

WHEN I BECAME A BUTTERFLY – Iran

September 12
Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States

On September 12, 2020 Desert Film Society members will be e-mailed a link to enable them to watch this Iranian thriller.

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SUBLET – U.S. / Israel

September 20
At home Palm Springs, CA United States

Note because of Rosh Hashanah, this film will be sent to Desert Film Society members on SUNDAY.

A New York Times travel writer comes to Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy.  The energy of the city & his relationship with a younger man brings him back to life.

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