Best of Fest
Best of Fest screenings will be held at the Regal Palm Springs, Camelot Theatres (Palm Springs Cultural Center), and Mary Pickford is D'Place. Best of Fest features films top rated by the audience and Jury award winners.
In this exuberant and heartfelt documentary, comedy writer Steve Young delves into the strange and little-known history of industrial musicals: original, Broadway-style extravaganzas that turned humble products like insurance and toilets into the stuff of magic.
January 14, 2019 11:30 AM
This lively biopic offers a gorgeous piece of heritage filmmaking as it chronicles a character-forming period in the young life of a Swedish writer born Astrid Ericsson. She would go on to worldwide fame as Astrid Lindgren, the creator of beloved children’s literature character Pippi Longstocking.
January 13, 2019 9:00 AM
January 14, 2019 10:00 AM
Bethany Hamilton lost her left arm to a shark when she was 13 years old. That attack didn’t stop her from becoming a champion surfer, a wife and mother, and a role model to millions. This is the inspiring, impressive story of an unstoppable spirit.
January 14, 2019 9:30 AM
Idealistic city dwellers John and Molly Chester bought a farm on arid land an hour north of Los Angeles. Their eight-year struggle to turn Apricot Lane Farms into a biodiverse Eden is chronicled in this astonishing and uplifting epic.
January 12, 2019 12:00 PM
January 14, 2019 9:00 AM
A hilarious and heartfelt spin on the classic underdog tale — with central roles performed by intellectually disabled actors — writer/director Javier Fesser’s film is not only Spain’s newest box office smash, but a rollicking and unforgettable reminder that none of us is truly “normal.”
January 14, 2019 10:30 AM
It’s been five years since the Academy Award®-winning Ida, but Pawel Pawlikowski’s achingly beautiful portrait of l’amour fou proves well worth the wait. Unfolding against the backdrop of the Cold War years in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film renders believable a complicated and disruptive love in impossible times.
January 12, 2019 4:30 PM
January 14, 2019 4:00 PM
A mysterious wave of livestock deaths is the groundwork for this award-winning ensemble drama, which combines compassionate explorations of vastly different yet inextricably connected characters with a biting commentary on consumerism and the drive toward modernization in present day Shanghai.
January 13, 2019 10:00 AM
January 14, 2019 12:00 PM
Italian maestro Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, PSIFF 2009) returns with a visually astounding and biting morality tale centered on Marcello, a meek dog groomer and small-time drug dealer, and his toxic relationship with a barbaric gangster who terrorizes his desolate coastal town.
January 14, 2019 3:30 PM
Asking deeply relevant questions about humanity and social responsibility, Markus Imhoof draws on his personal experience to show a global phenomenon — the struggle of thousands of refugees fleeing from Africa to Europe, and what happens when they reach their Eldorado.
January 14, 2019 2:30 PM
In need of medical attention, a crusty, macho Scotsman (the great Brian Cox) leaves his beloved Hebridean island home to stay with his estranged son in high-tech San Francisco. There he forms a life-changing bond with his newborn grandson.
January 12, 2019 10:00 AM
January 14, 2019 6:30 PM
Gab Taraboulsy’s engrossing portrait of pasta chef and “culinary storyteller” Evan Funke is both a dramatic look at the fraught lead-up to the opening of Funke’s Felix Trattoria in Venice, CA, and a celebration of the old-world techniques used by Funke and his team. Delicious!
January 14, 2019 3:30 PM
The next time you order a filet of exotic fish in a restaurant, spare a thought for the thousands of men enslaved on Indonesian fishing vessels that overfish international waters. One indomitable woman and her small team work to free these slaves and bring them home.
January 14, 2019 5:30 PM