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Our Mission Desert Film Society The Desert Film Society promotes the appreciation of film in the Coachella Valley by providing Society members an unique opportunity to view the latest in art, international & cutting-edge independent cinema and educating members by...
BEST OF DORIEN B.  (Flanders)

BEST OF DORIEN B. (Flanders)

BEST OF DORIEN B.  West Coast Premiere 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...
THE KEEPER (U.K., Germany)

THE KEEPER (U.K., Germany)

THE KEEPER Southern California Premiere  The true story of Bert Trautmann, German POW and English soccer star.  A heartfelt movie of romance and redemption following WW2. The Keeper tells the extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German PoW, who...
THE GIRL IN THE FOG  (Italy)

THE GIRL IN THE FOG (Italy)

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...
THE PERFECT NANNY / CHANSON DOUCE (France)

THE PERFECT NANNY / CHANSON DOUCE (France)

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...
MRS G – Israel (plus 3 shorts)

MRS G – Israel (plus 3 shorts)

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,...
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (Germany & Switzerland)

WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (Germany & Switzerland)

Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing it became dangerous for some people to live in your country. Suppose you found, to your complete surprise, that your own father was one of those people. That is what happens to Anna in 1933. Anna...
WHEN I BECAME A BUTTERFLY – Iran

WHEN I BECAME A BUTTERFLY – Iran

A simple kind woman leads a hard, unsatisfactory life with her husband.  She unintentionally caused her husband’s death but she begins a new life with his dead body. Director:  Arash Zaree Writers:  Mehdi Jafarian | Arash Zaree Producer:  Mehdi Jafarian Running...
THE INVISIBLE WITNESS  (Italy)

THE INVISIBLE WITNESS (Italy)

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...
EMMA PEETERS (Belgium)

EMMA PEETERS (Belgium)

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...
THE ORCHESTRA CLASS   (France)

THE ORCHESTRA CLASS (France)

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...
DEAR FREDY   (Israel)

DEAR FREDY (Israel)

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,...
SINK OR SWIM  (France/Belgium)

SINK OR SWIM (France/Belgium)

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...
GASPARD AT THE WEDDING  (France/Belgium)

GASPARD AT THE WEDDING (France/Belgium)

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...
MY POLISH HONEYMOON (France)

MY POLISH HONEYMOON (France)

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,...
SIR  (India)

SIR (India)

Ratna works as domestic live-in help with Ashwin, a man from a wealthy family. Although Ashwin seems to have it all, Ratna can sense that he has given up on his dreams and is somewhat lost… On the other hand, Ratna who seems to have nothing, is full of hope and works...
DYING FOR A CHILD  (France)

DYING FOR A CHILD (France)

US PREMIERE The body of Florence Varthy, daughter of a well-known entrepreneur, is found dead in her garage. Over the last few months, Florence and her partner, unable to have a child of their own, had faked her pregnancy and arranged for a surrogate mother, which is...
LEONA   (Mexico)

LEONA (Mexico)

LEONA is an intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. Ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her...
IMPERFECT AGE   (Italy)

IMPERFECT AGE (Italy)

WEST COAST PREMIERE Camilla is a seventeen year old who has the dream of becoming a dancer, despite her mother’s concerns.  One day in dance she meets Sara, an aspiring dancer like her, and her life will never be the same. Director: Ulisse Lendaro Writer: Cosimo...
RETURN OF THE HERO/LE RETOUR DU HEROS (France/Belgium)

RETURN OF THE HERO/LE RETOUR DU HEROS (France/Belgium)

France, 1809 and the dashing Capitaine Charles-Grégoire Neuville has just become engaged to the young Pauline when he is called away to the front. He promises that he will write every day, but he does not. The impressionable Pauline hysterically falls ill with...
TAZZEKA    (Morocco/France) Showing with PRESTIGE INGREDIENTS

TAZZEKA (Morocco/France) Showing with PRESTIGE INGREDIENTS

Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him.  Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces...
ZAGROS  (Belgium)

ZAGROS (Belgium)

Kurdish shepherd Zagros is stunned to learn that his family has accused his wife of infidelity and that she has fled with their daughter.  Convinced of her innocence, Zagros leaves his family and joins his wife in the west.  While trying to adjust to a new life in a...
BAD GENIUS   (Thailand)

BAD GENIUS (Thailand)

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...
CATCH THE WIND   (France)

CATCH THE WIND (France)

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...
BENEATH THE SILENCE   (Israel)

BENEATH THE SILENCE (Israel)

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...
SLIPAWAY   (USA)   GUESTS

SLIPAWAY (USA) GUESTS

  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...
HOLY FAMILY   (France)

HOLY FAMILY (France)

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...
DEDE   (Georgia/Qatar)

DEDE (Georgia/Qatar)

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...
WRONG LIGHT  (Thailand)

WRONG LIGHT (Thailand)

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...
AN ACT OF DEFIANCE  (South Africa)

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE (South Africa)

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...
INSYRIATED / IN SYRIA   (Lebanon)

INSYRIATED / IN SYRIA (Lebanon)

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...
KING OF PEKING   (China)

KING OF PEKING (China)

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...
MIDNIGHT RETURN: STORY OF BILLY HAYES & TURKEY – with guests

MIDNIGHT RETURN: STORY OF BILLY HAYES & TURKEY – with guests

  Join us for an EXCLUSIVE Q&A screening of Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey at Camelot Theaters! After his ingenious escape from a Turkish prison in 1975, Billy Hayes arrived home to a hero’s welcome, instant celebrity and within a week...
EL ACOMPANANTE / THE COMPANION   (Panama)

EL ACOMPANANTE / THE COMPANION (Panama)

Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film: Cuba: ‘The Companion’  NOTE:  Start time is 9:30 AM.  Co-Sponsor with CINEMA DIVERSE 1988, Cuba, those infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS were given free room, board and medical treatment at a beautiful...
SANCTUARY / Freistatt  (Germany)

SANCTUARY / Freistatt (Germany)

U.S. PREMIERE “May 1968: Rolling Stones, bell-bottoms, mini-skirts, sexual revolution, protests against the Vietnam War… While Germany sets off for a new era of freedom, rebellious fourteen-year-old Wolfgang gets sent to Freistatt, a foster home for difficult...
DARK FORTUNE /Finisteres gluck’   (Switzerland)

DARK FORTUNE /Finisteres gluck’ (Switzerland)

COACHELLA VALLEY PREMIERE DARK FORTUNE is the prize-winning adaptation of Lukas Hartmann’s novel about the aftershocks of a family tragedy.  In the midst of a heated argument their car crashes in a mountain tunnel where four out of five family members are killed,...