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Best of Fest Day

The films chosen for Best of the Fest screenings have been culled from audience and critics favorites for Best Film and Best Documentary of the Festival, in addition to Jury picks and Family-friendly favorites.

Best of the Fest Day screenings will be presented at the Regal Cinemas Palm Springs, The Camelot Theatres and also in Palm Desert at the Cinemas Palme D'Or on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year for the first time.

Screenings will start at 10am and with final screenings beginning at 7:30pm. Showtimes for the Palme D'Or Best of the Fest screenings will be 10:30 am, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 pm.


Don’t Tell   

Don’t Tell
Italy, 2005, 121 min.
Sabina is a young woman who discovers some dark secrets from her childhood buried deep inside her mind. Her pregnancy opens a door on this hidden past that she cannot close again. Best Actress, Venice Film Festival.... more



Elsa & Fred   

Elsa & Fred
Spain, 2005, 107 min.
Two mainstays of Spanish language cinema, China Zorrilla and Manuel Alexandre, play aging widowers who rekindle their passions for love with a visit to the Trevi Fountain in Rome, a landmark from Fellini's La Dolce Vita, in this touching romantic comedy.... more



Fateless   

Fateless
Hungary, 2005, 141 min.
Adapted by Nobel laureate Imré Kertesz from his 1975 autobiographical novel, Fateless dares to aestheticize the concentration camp experience in a more provocative manner than -- in many critics' opinions -- Schindler's List. Cinematographer Lajos Koltai's directorial debut follows young Gyor... more



Favela Rising   

Favela Rising
USA, 2005, 79 min.
This lively musical documentary charts the transformational effects of AfroReggae music in one favela shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, offering a portrait of the power of music to remake a troubled community into a place of celebration and hope.... more



George Michael - A Different Story   

George Michael - A Different Story
United Kingdom, 2005, 101 min.
The extremely private George Michael candidly shares his life and career in this riveting documentary. Michael leads us through his professional and private highs and lows, from pop fame with Wham! to solo superstardom. Featuring performance footage and interviews including Elton John, Mariah Carey,... more



Heaven & Hell On Earth (Parzania)   

Heaven & Hell On Earth (Parzania)
India, 2005, 130 min.
Based on a true story, the gripping Heaven & Hell on Earth follows a Parsi father's search for his ten-year-old son lost in the crossfire of Hindu-Muslim riots. Meanwhile, the family's American friend Alan tries to uncover the truth behind the senseless violence he witnessed in the land of Ga... more



Iberia   

Iberia
Spain, 2005, 100 min.
In his latest tribute film, celebrated filmmaker Carlos Saura engages Spain's most celebrated actors, dancers and singers to interpret Isaac Albéniz's “Iberia” suite on its one hundredth anniversary. The freshness and spontaneity is heightened by Saura's focus on the evolution of the piece from init... more



Inlaws & Outlaws   

Inlaws & Outlaws
USA, 2005, 106 min.
Unconventional couples, both gay and straight, from the Pacific Northwest share their views on marriage and the possibility for long-term relationships. The result is a revelatory illustration of how individuality and independence can be the most important ingredients in any romantic match.... more



Kamataki   

Kamataki
Canada, 2005, 111 min.
Claude Gagnon's deceptively simple story about a young, depressed Canadian who is sent to visit his uncle in Japan, is sublimely riveting, complex and erotic. The uncle is a master potter, and the depiction of the Kamataki process of marathon firing is exhilarating! Best Director, Montreal Film Fest... more



Lovelorn   

Lovelorn
Turkey, 2005, 139 min.
Winner - Meltem Cumbul, FIPRESCI Award, Best Actress Idealist schoolteacher Nazim retires and returns home to Istanbul, after a 15-year term in a poor, forgotten Kurdish-Alevite village in eastern Turkey. Politely ignored by his children who secretly despise him since he chose ideal... more



Mother of Mine   

Mother of Mine
Finland, 2005, 112 min.
Winner - Audience Awards, Best Narrative Feature A momentous event in Finnish history is recounted in this heart-wrenching film. During World War II, ten-year-old Eero is one of eighty thousand children sent to Sweden for their protection. Alienated from his foster family and unfamiliar wi... more



Mrs. Harris   

Mrs. Harris
USA, 2005, 96 min.
The tragic true-life story of Jean Harris, the brittle girls school headmistress, who murdered her lover, Scarsdale Diet guru Dr. Herbert Tarnower in the 1980s, receives a multi-toned treatment by playwright Phyllis Nagy in her first feature. The film brims with memorable star cameos.... more



My Bollywood Bride   

My Bollywood Bride
USA, 2006, 90 min.
Alex fell in love with the girl next door. Trouble is, 'next door' is India and 'the girl' is Bollywood's biggest film star. "My Bollywood Bride" tells the story of Alex, a Venice Beach copy writer that dreams of being a novelist who meets and romances Indian beauty, Reena, while she is on a vacat... more



My Nikifor   

My Nikifor
Poland, 2005, 101 min.
A prizewinner at home and abroad, this beautifully executed take on the naïve artist known as Nikifor (1895 - 1968), boasts a number of unusual choices, including the casting of an octogenarian stage actress as Nikifor. The last years of Nikifor's life are seen through the eyes of Marian Wlosinski, ... more



Paheli   

Paheli
India, 2005, 141 min.
Drawn from a classic folk tale where a ghost falls in love with a beautiful girl and substitutes for the husband who leaves on his own wedding night, this exuberant and colorful film is set in the exotic Rajasthan of vibrant dances and camel races.... more



Pursuit of Equality   

Pursuit of Equality
USA, 2005, 82 min.
Geoff Callan and Mike Shaw's documentary looks behind the scenes at San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom's 2004 decision to allow gay couples to marry. The elation, the controversy, the court's decision to shut things down, Bush, Schwarzenegger, Rosie O'Donnell -- they're all here in this thoroughly eng... more



A School Outing   

A School Outing
Italy, 1983, 91 min.
Two high-school teachers take their students for an outing in the mountains. The youngsters flirt with each other, and the older teacher confesses his love for his younger colleague. However, a scandal breaks out when it's discovered that she's had a fling with one of her students.... more



So Close, So Far   

So Close, So Far
Iran, 2005, 116 min.
An arrogant neurologist must examine the meaning of his life when his son is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Accustomed to being in control, he tries to bend the future to his will, but a trek through the desert puts him at the mercy of nature and fate.... more



Sophie Scholl - the Final Days   

Sophie Scholl - the Final Days
Germany, 2005, 118 min.
Winner of the German audience award for best film of 2005, Marc Rothemund's beautifully acted drama tells the true story of Sophie Scholl, the young student who became the most famous martyr of the anti-Nazi White Rose resistance movement in 1943 Munich. Julia Jentsch's brilliant lead performance an... more



Welcome to Dongmakgol   

Welcome to Dongmakgol
South Korea, 2005, 134 min.
During the Korean Civil War of 1950, a handful of northern and southern Korean soldiers and one American find themselves taking refuge in Dongmakgol, a tiny village history has passed by. This dryly-scripted dramedy finds the various warring factions slowly seduced by the peasant's laid-back lifesty... more



The World’s Fastest Indian   

The World’s Fastest Indian
New Zealand, 2005, 128 min.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is wonderful in Roger Donaldson's affectionate and immensely entertaining biopic of 72-year-old Burt Munro, the crazy Kiwi who, in 1971, traveled to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to try and set a motorcycle speed record. Hopkins' nuanced performance adds immeasurably to the f... more



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