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).
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.
Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful
One of the great masters of photography, Helmut Newton made a name for himself exploring the female form, and his cult status continues long after his tragic death in a car crash in 2004. Newton worked around the globe, from Singapore to Australia to Paris to Los Angeles, but Weimar Germany was the visual hallmark of his work.
His unique and striking way of depicting women has always posed the question: did he empower his subjects or treat them as sexual objects?
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND is an exploration into the career, music and influence of the iconic musician.
With unprecedented access to the artist and featuring interviews with Sarah McLachlan, Alec Baldwin and more, this intimate documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from choirboy in rural Canada to troubled troubadour to international star with hits including “If You Could Read My Mind”, “Sundown”, “Carefree Highway”, and “Rainy Day People”.
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THE INVISIBLE WITNESS
A locked-room mystery with a twist:
A slickly successful businessman wakes up next to his dead lover and, although he protests his innocence, he nevertheless becomes the chief suspect.
His defense lawyer has never lost a case, but as the facts and the motivations of all the characters come out, one wonders whether or not even she help him?
Shadowed by a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of
discipline, seventeen-year-old Ariella commits a
grave error that her father isn't willing to punish
her for. Seeking a punishment of her own, Ariella embarks on a dark quest where she will discover
a secret to her father's past that will lead them to confront one another.
SOMEONE SOMEWHERE In this Parisian bitter sweet romance from Cédric Klapisch, warehouse employee Rémy and research assistant Mélanie have never met, but they live parallel lives: they reside in neighboring apartment buildings, ride the same subway route, and are troubled by bouts of insomnia and depression. Their days in unfulfilling jobs and their nights are spent seeking meaningful romantic and platonic connections. As they stumble through psychotherapy, dating apps, fainting spells, and family visits, the seemingly star-crossed duo orbit around each other but remain just out of reach.
THE CITIZEN In this timely narrative, a culturally biased citizenship exam promises to be the undoing of middle-aged African immigrant Wilson.
Wilson fled the civil war that killed his family and now works as a security guard in a Budapest supermarket, striving to become a full-fledged citizen. This touching humanist drama exposes the unwelcoming climate that greets many immigrants to Europe, as Wilson finds a sympathetic teacher and prospective lover in lonely abused wife Mari.
Coping with the daily needling of exclusion and racism, he makes the dangerous misstep of giving shelter to an illegal immigrant.
THE TOBACCONIST Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?
AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE: At the end of the 1950s, Rachel (Virginie Efira), a young office clerk living in a provincial town, meets Philippe (Niels Schneider), a well-educated man from a wealthy family. They share an intense but short-lived romance, from which a daughter is born. Over the next 50 years, their lives will be shaped by the unconditional love between a mother and her daughter, overshadowed by the impossible love of a woman for a man that rejects her, and of a daughter for an absent and abusive father.VIEW TRAILER
Based on the acclaimed novel by Christine Angot
THE CROSSING tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War. One day, just before Christmas in 1942, Gerda and Otto's parents are arrested, leaving the siblings on their own. Following the arrest, they discover two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, hidden in a secret cupboard in their basement at home. It is now up to Gerda and Otto to finish what their parents started: To help Sarah and Daniel flee from the Nazis cross the border to neutral Sweden and reunite them with their parents. THE CROSSING is a film about the confidence, uncompromising loyalty and great courage you can find in even the youngest of children.
THE KEEPER tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty is put to the ultimate test.
THE AUDITION: Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at a music-focused high school. Despite the opposition of all other teachers, Anna drives through the admission of a student, Alexander, in whom she detects a remarkable talent. Committed, she prepares him for the intermediate exam and neglects her family – her son Jonas, whom she brings into competition with her new student, and her husband Philippe. Her colleague Christian, with whom she has an affair, persuades her to join a quintet. When she fails during their joint concert, the pressure mounts and she focuses all her attention on her student Alexander.VIEW TRAILER
Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy takes us inside the drama classes where Moni and his wife Mina pour their love and passion into preparing the next generation of actors for the spotlight. Insightful interviews with luminaries including Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and Kevin Kline provide the context in the creation of this unique and inspiring portrait of the master teacher - the sole remaining founder of Julliard’s legendary Drama Division.
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!