Virtual Cinema, Palm Springs Cultural Center
Welcome movie lovers and friends of the Camelot Theatres
at the Palm Springs Cultural Center!
We miss seeing you in person, but during these troubled times, it's safer to stay at home. There is good news, though! Our team has been working hard to create a way for you to enjoy our curated programming via Virtual Cinema!
We've selected new films that are Palm Springs premieres, along with a mix of favorites from Desert Film Society, Cinema Diverse, Cinema Francais and PSIFF (as well as a sprinkle of retrospective films).
NOTE: The distributors of these films give a portion of the revenue from V-Tickets back to us, so your film rentals directly help support the Cultural Center. Thank you for watching!
HAVE A TECHNICAL QUESTION? Every film released in our Virtual Cinema is available through the individual distributor's websites and streaming services. If you are having technical issues, please visit the respective film page and browse the links to the distributor FAQ and contact information.
A TOWERING TASK: THE STORY OF THE PEACE CORPS: In 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave young Americans the opportunity to serve their country in a new way by forming the Peace Corps. Since then, more than 200,000 of them have traveled to more than 140 countries to carry out the organization's mission of international cooperation. Nearly 60 years later, Americans - young and old alike - still want to serve their country and understand their place in the world; current volunteers work at the forefront of some of the most pressing issues facing the global community.
CONSTRUCTING ALBERT: After the closing of ElBulli, possibly the greatest restaurant in history, Chef Albert Adrià seeks to step out of the shadow of his world-renowned older brother, Head Chef Ferran Adrià, and revolutionize the way we experience food. This is Albert's proclamation of self-assurance, his attempt to escape the shadow of the now legendary elBulli and enter the Pantheon of great chefs. This is Albert constructing himself.
ALICE: Alice, a perfect wife and mother who lives happily with her husband and child until the day she discovers her husband is living a double life that has ruined her financially and left her a single mother. Alice fights back and dives into a world beyond anything she has ever known.
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
NEW FRENCH SHORTS 2020
This showcase of some of the most exciting new cinematic voices from France runs the gamut from animation to romance to absurdist comedy.
Revel in these petite Gallic pleasures, including award winners from Cannes, Locarno, and Palm Springs ShortFest.
New French Shorts 2020 is made available through Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.NEW FRENCH SHORTS 2020
INCITEMENT: In September 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announces the Oslo Accords, which aim to achieve a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Yigal Amir, a law student and a devoted Orthodox Jew, cannot believe that his country's leader will cede territory that he and many others believe is rightfully - by the word of God - theirs. Convinced he must stop the signing of the peace treaty in order to fulfill his destiny and bring salvation to his people, Amir's warped mind sees only one way forward.
Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
CRESCENDO: When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression and the constant risk of terror attacks, the young musicians on both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply distrust each other, on and off-stage alike.
AND THEN WE DANCED is a passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the conservative confines of modern Georgian society.
A REGULAR WOMAN is the tale of Aynur, told from her perspective after she is killed by her brother Nuri on a busy street in Berlin.
ROTTEN TOMATOES: 100%
BOTERO is a poetic behind-the-scenes chronicle of the life and art of Fernando Botero, an intensely private painter and sculptor.
CORPUS CHRISTI: After years in juvenile prison, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a small village to work as a manual laborer. Upon his arrival, a quick lie has him mistaken for a priest. Though untrained, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions. Nominated for the Academy Award - 2020 Best Foreign Language Film.
BALLOON: In the summer of 1979, the Strelzyk and Wetzel families--who had been working on their audacious plan for more than two years--try to flee East Germany in a self-made hot-air balloon. But after the balloon crash-lands just before the West German border, the Stasi find traces of the attempted escape and immediately launch an investigation. In a nerve-wracking race against the clock, the two families attempt to build a new escape balloon as the Stasi get closer and closer each day...
THE ETRUSCAN SMILE: stars Brian Cox as a rugged old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved isolated Hebridean island and travels to San Francisco to seek medical treatment. HIs life will be transformed, just when he expects it least, through a newly found love for his baby grandson.
THE WILD GOOSE LAKE: When small-time mob leader Zhou Zenong (Chinese superstar Hu Ge) accidentally kills a cop, a dead-or-alive bounty is placed on his head, forcing him on the lam from both the police as well as dangerous gangsters out for the reward. Hiding out in China’s densely populated (and deeply divided) Wuhan province, Zhou becomes entangled with a beautiful, enigmatic woman, who has mysterious intentions of her own.
Rotten Tomatoes: 91%