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Summer Film Series


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April 25, 2013 (Palm Springs, CA) - The Palm Springs Art Museum will offer free films in its Annenberg Theater every Thursday at 6 p.m. from June 6 through Sept. 19 (there is no film on July 4). The first ten films will be the 2013 Global Lens series of films, organized by the Global Film Initiative. This series showcases films from countries not typically associated with film making, and features young and upcoming directors. This year, the Global Lens series includes films from Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, India, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, and Serbia. Each film is selected for its authentic voice, strong cinematic visuals, and unique cultural perspective, opening a window to the diverse world in which we live (each film includes subtitles in English). This is the fifth year the museum has screened the popular Global Lens series.

Following these ten foreign films, the museum has once again teamed up with the Palm Springs International Film Society to offer five Classic Comedies. This is the third year that the museum and the Film Society have offered films as a joint partnership.

There is no cost to attend the films and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. The museum is open on Thursday nights with free admission between 4-8 p.m. and is always 75 degrees, which offers a great way to stay cool while enjoying high quality films.

2013 Global Lens: June 6- August 15, 2013

June 6

About 111 Girls / Darbare 111 Dokhtar

Iraq, 2012, 79 minutes - Farsi/Persian and Kurdish with English subtitles

A government official travels across Iranian Kurdistan with his driver and a young guide on a mission to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Wistful longing mingles with dreamlike desire and absurdist humor as the three travelers meander helplessly in a land riddled with contradictions.

June 13

Beijing Flickers / You-Zhong

China, 2012, 96 minutes, Mandarin with English subtitles

San Bao is a young man who has just lost his job, apartment, dog, and the woman he loves (who's left him for a richer man). Lovelorn, self-destructive and desperately aimless, San Bao nevertheless has moments of euphoria amid his own despair, as he roams the sleek, shifting city with other soulful, cash-poor dreamers and misfits.

June 20

Cairo 678

Egypt, 2010, 100 minutes, Arabic with English subtitles

Three Cairene women from different backgrounds join together in uneasy solidarity to combat the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives. Mohamed Diab's deftly braided narrative tells a gripping, timely social tale through its patchwork of interconnected lives and deeds.

June 27

The Fantastic World of Juan Orol / El Fantástico Mundo De Juan Orol

Mexico, 2012, 90 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles

Move over Ed Wood! Mexico's half-forgotten B-movie master, "involuntary surrealist" Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly 60 films. Every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wile of memory and the art of fantasy.

July 11

Life Kills Me / La Vida Me Mata

Chile, 2007, 92 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles

Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, both absurd and poignant, in this smart comedy about an unlikely friendship between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. Director Silva's debut film pulses with a sure cinematic style as it channels a compassionate vision of frail, formidable, unforgettable lives.

July 18

Modest Reception / Paziraie Sadeh

Iran, 2012, 100 minutes, Farsi/Persian with English subtitles

Leila and Kaveh are a mysterious pair from Tehran, traveling the mountainous countryside in their car to push big bags of money on the locals. The cagey couple invent increasingly brazen stratagems to place cash in the hands of the wary, proud or indifferent. This bold comedy-drama unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes of power, privilege and corruption.

July 25

The Parade / Parada

Serbia, 2011, 115 minutes - Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles

A group of gay activists in Belgrade strikes a tense alliance with Limun, a Serbian crime boss, whose fiancée demands an extravagant wedding that only struggling gay theater director Mirko and his friends can provide. In exchange, macho Limun reluctantly agrees to provide security for the group's Pride parade.

August 1

Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights

India, 2012, 65 minutes - Bengali with English subtitles)

An 80-year-old Kolkata retiree is on a mission to get his neighborhood streetlights turned off after sunrise after he notices they stay on all day as well. But finding someone to take him seriously proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent status quo.

August 8

Southwest / Sudoeste

Brazil, 2011, 128 minutes - Portuguese with English subtitles)

In this gorgeously dreamlike and mysterious tale, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl also christened Clarice by the bruxa (or witch) attending the nearly simultaneous moments of death and birth. Identity and desire add up to a palpable fairytale, affirming our place in the ineffable stream of life.

August 15

Student

Kazakhstan, 2012, 90 minutes - Kazakh and Russian with English subtitles)

A solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward the commission of a violent crime, spurred on by a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ruthless ethic of "eat or be eaten." Inspired by Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, director Omirbayev roots his nameless student in the losing segment of Kazakhstan's new capitalist era.

Classic Comedies: August 22 - Sept. 19

Curated by the Palm Springs International Film Society.

August 22

Sullivan's Travels, 1941, 90 minutes, Director Preston Sturges; Cast: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake

Movie director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), fed up with the lightweight comedies that have made him a popular success, wishes to make a serious social statement with his next movie, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Disguised as a tramp, he goes on the road to connect with the common people, where he meets a down-on-her-luck actress (Veronica Lake).

August 29

Harvey, 1950, 104 minutes, Director Henry Koster; Cast: James Stewart, Josephine Hull

This whimsical fantasy from Henry Koster (The Bishop's Wife, My Man Godfrey) stars James Stewart as Elwood P. Dowd, a wealthy tippler who's driven his snooty sister Veta (Josephine Hull) to distraction with his eccentric antics, and particularly with his constant imaginary companion, Harvey - a six foot rabbit with a heart of gold. At her wit's end, Veta finally decides to commit Elwood to a sanitarium, but at this juncture things start to go amusingly awry. The film won Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for Hull in the role of Elwood's frustrated sister, and Stewart received Best Actor nominations from both awards organizations for his role as the sweet natured - if delusional - Dowd.

September 5

The Apartment, 1960, 125 minutes, Director Billy Wilder; Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

By loaning out his New York apartment to his superiors for their trysts, C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) rises rapidly up the corporate ladder. The arrangement turns sour when he discovers that the woman he pines for, elevator operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), is his boss Jeff Sheldrake's (Fred MacMurray) latest conquest.

September 12

Young Frankenstein (1974), 106 minutes, Director Mel Brooks; Cast: Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle

Mel Brooks' pitch-perfect send-up of Universal Studios' monster movies of the 1930's features brilliant comedic turns from Gene Wilder (who also cowrote the screenplay with Brooks), Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn and Marty Feldman, along with a monster (Peter Boyle) who manages to be horrifying and hilarious in equal measures. The fun begins as the straight-laced grandson of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein (Wilder) learns he's become the sole heir to his family's estate in Transylvania, and journeys back to the ancestral home to claim his inheritance. Initially resisting any professional link to his grandfather's exploits, things begin to change when he discovers the previous Dr. Frankenstein's notes, and he soon finds himself falling under the spell of both his grandfather's experiments and the crew of zany characters who look after the estate.

September 19

Raising Arizona (1987), 94 minutes, Director Joel Coen; Cast: Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter

The first mainstream hit from Oscar winning writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, True Grit), this wildly creative comedy features deliciously deranged performances from Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter as a hopelessly naive young couple who decide that the solution to their childless marital state is to kidnap a baby from a local tycoon whose wife has given birth to quintuplets, setting in motion a series of events with hilariously unintended consequences.

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