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Desert Film Society Brings Four Screenings to UCR Palm Desert

Screenings in November and December free and open to the public

(November 3, 2006)

Palm Desert, Calif. ( - The Desert Film Society in conjunction with UCR Palm Desert is proud to announce a four-film series of independently produced, foreign and American films during November and December 2006.

The Palm Springs-based Desert Film Society was established in 2002 to enhance and develop appreciation for and knowledge of film. The society provides a powerful platform for artistic expression, cultural understanding, and opportunities for its members and others to view, enjoy and discuss film as well as learn about the craft of filmmaking.

With the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs as the society’s permanent home, this new series is an outreach to the central Coachella Valley area co-sponsored by UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center.

“We are very pleased to bring this series to UCR Palm Desert,” said Beth Fromm, president of the society. “Through this outreach we hope more people will come to appreciate and celebrate film and its influence upon our lives.”

The schedule:

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m.
In cooperation with Film Movement

A Peck on the Cheek

Amudha, adopted by Thiru and Indira and growing up with the couple’s two sons, is blissfully unaware of her parentage until the couple decides to inform her of it on her ninth birthday. At first shocked into disbelief, Amudha then expresses her determination to seek out her biological mother. The search takes the family to strife-torn Sri Lanka, where Amudha comes face to face with reality and reconciles herself to it. With films like Mouna Ragam, Aliapayuthe and now A Peck on the Cheek, director Mani Ratnam proves once again that he is at his best when tackling human emotions and relationships.

Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Language: Tamil and Sinhala
Subtitles: English
Runtime: 126 minutes


Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5:30 p.m.
In cooperation with Meadowbrook Pictures
Martin Scorsese presents a film by Kevin Jordan

Brooklyn Lobster

Frank Giorgio's once orderly life has been thrown into chaos since the bank that loaned him money for a restaurant addition to his lobster business has folded. With the threat of a public auction looming, the very proud and stubborn Frank, played by Danny Aiello (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing), his family and eccentric crew attempt to save the Brooklyn lobster shop that is the cornerstone of their identity. The movie also stars Jane Curtin.

Rating: Not Yet MPAA-rated
Language: English
Runtime: 91 minutes


Wednesday, Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m.
In cooperation with Film Movement
Israel’s 2005 Academy Award© Submission


The year is 1981. Rachel Gerlik, a 42-year-old widow and mother of two beautiful daughters, Esti and Tami, wants to join the founding group of a new religious settlement in the West Bank. The problem is that the acceptance committee won’t accept her unless she remarries and proves that she and her daughters can meet the group’s religious and ideological standards. When Tami, her youngest daughter, is accusing of seducing some boys from her youth movement, Rachel is forced to weigh her alliances. Only Yossi, a 50-year-old bachelor, and the new man in Rachel’s life, show Rachel that living as an outcast is not as bad as it seems.

From the director of Time of Favor (winner of six Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture 2000) comes Campfire, a story of one woman’s personal battle, but also a portrait of a political movement that has forever affected millions of lives in the Middle East.

Rating: Not rated
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English
Runtime: 96 minutes


Wednesday, Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m.
In cooperation with Film Movement

Spare Parts

Embittered widower Ludvik spends his nights transporting illegal refugees in his van from Croatia, across Slovenia, and into Italy. The young and inexperienced Rudi acts as his helpmate. Together they become a well-trained duo who almost every night convey “spare parts” to Italy.

Rating: Not rated
Language: Slovenian
Subtitles: English
Runtime: 87 minutes

Those interested in attending screenings are asked to please register with an e-mail to or by a call to 834-0797.



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