You’re Invited to attend the Palm Springs Cultural Center’s first annual BEST Of FEST Film Series.

For the month of December, at the Historic Camelot Theatres, we are screening “Best Of Fest” Film Festival favorites from all over the world – Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca, Venice, Toronto – and of course, The Palm Springs International Film Festival.

See four films and the fifth one is FREE! 

Pick up your BEST OF FEST 2018 cards at any one of our locations: Historic Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, and the Certified Farmers’ Markets. Purchase tickets and get your pass stamped at the Historic Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center.

Week of  December 7 – december 13 

EVERY ACT OF LIFE

Cinema Diverse, Tribeca

Audience Award/ Jury Award Best Documentary (OutCT), Festival Award For Best Documentary,  (FilmOut San Diego)

The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and the relentless pursuit of inspiration.

 

 

CATCH THE WIND

Desert Film Society/ Tiff/ Rio De Janiero/ Rome/ Cinemania, Dubai

Edith, a 45-year-old textile factory worker, sees her life turned upside down by the company’s downsizing measures. Estranged from her son and without any other ties, rather than go into unemployment, she decides to leave her life behind and follow her work at the factory which has been relocated in Morocco.

 

 

ALL THAT DIVIDES US

Rome Film Festival, Cinemania

A family mansion in the middle of nowhere. A housing project in sète. A mother and daughter. Two childhood friends. A missing person. Blackmail. Two worlds colliding.

 

 

 

Week of December 14 – December 20

EVERY ACT OF LIFE

Cinema Diverse, Tribeca

Audience Award/ Jury Award Best Documentary (OutCT), Festival Award For Best Documentary,  (FilmOut San Diego)

The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for LGBT rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and the relentless pursuit of inspiration.

COCOTE

Miami Film Festival, Cinema Tropical, International Film Festival Panama, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, TIFF 2017, Wavelengths, San Sebastian Int’l Film Festival 2017, Horizontes Latinos

Best Film Award at Locarno Film Festival

Alberto, a kind-hearted gardener returns home to attend his father’s funeral. When he discovers that a powerful local figure is responsible for his father’s death, Alberto realizes that he’s been summoned by his family to avenge the murder. It’s an unthinkable act — especially for him, an Evangelical Christian. But as pressure mounts, he sees few ways out. 

LOVELING

Sundance, SFFILM, Latino Film Festival, Edinburgh, New Zealand International Film Festival, Cine Latino

 On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene has only a few days to overcome her anxiety and regain her inner confidence before sending her eldest son out into the world.

A SERIOUS GAME

Göteborg Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival

Guldbagge Award for Best CostumeGuldbagge Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

A young couple, the journalist Arvid Stjärnblom and Lydia Stille, fall madly in love. They are both drawn to the dream of pure, great and untainted love. Yet, the dream demands greater sacrifice than they could ever imagine. A passionate and fiery love story about the choices we have, the ones we don ́t, the choices we make and the consequences that follows.

 

 KILLING GOD

Frightfest, Brussells, Catalonian International Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival

Killing God takes place at an isolated house in the countryside over New Year’s Eve: Carlos and his wife Ana invite Carlos’s brother and father to spend the holidays with them at the rented house. But a strange small homeless man crashes the party claiming to be God, and announces that all of humanity will perish at dawn with the exception of two survivors – to be chosen by the dinner party.

Week of december 21 – December 31 

 

KING OF THE BELGIANS

Palm Springs International Film Festival , Sarasota Film Festival, SEEfest in Los Angeles, Panorama Europe, Film Festival in New York, Hamburg FilmFest, Goteborg International Film Festival

The King of the Belgians is on a state visit in Istanbul when his country falls apart. He must return home at once to save his kingdom. But a solar storm causes airspace and communications to shut down. No planes. No phones. With the help of a British filmmaker and a troupe of Bulgarian folk singers, the King and his entourage manage to escape over the border. Incognito. Thus begins an odyssey across the Balkans during which the King discovers the real world – and his true self.

WHO WILL SAVE THE ROSES

Cinema Diverse, Bolzano Film Festival, Catania Film Festival, Cinema Europeo, Amsterdam LGBT, Poland LGBT

Best Of Fest Cinema Diverse, Cinevasioni Film Festival 2017: Special Prize to Carlo Delle Piane, Wag Film Festival 2017: Best Film, CUBO Festival 2017: Best First Film

The melting love story between two old men, one of them is sick and stays in bed all day, the other is a gambler who takes care of him, visit him everyday and has a hard relationship with his daughter. Sometimes love is the only solution but we realize it when it’s too late.

 

AT ETERNITY’S GATE

Venice Film Festival, New York Film Festival 56

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival), Volpi Cup Best Actress, Grand Jury Prize (Venice Film Festival), Marcello Mastroianni Award (Venice Film Festival), Best Screenplay (Venice Film Festival), Silver Lion For Best Director (Venice Film Festival)

Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate is a journey inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule and illness, created some of the world’s most beloved and stunning works of art. 

ROMA

Venice

Golden Lion, British Independent Film Award For Best International Film, New York Films Critics Circle Award for Best Director, Best Cinematographer, Best Film

Golden Globe Nominee- Director, Screenplay, and Foreign Language Film

Director Alfonso Cuarón delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of domestic life and social hierarchy set against Mexico’s political turmoil of the 1970s.