One of my favorite art forms is film, and the Coachella Valley not only has some really great indie film theaters, but also excellent film festivals. One of my favorite desert yearly events is the Palms Springs International Film Festival and the Palm Springs Short Film Festival. Both of these yearly events are put on by the Desert Film Society, who put on weekly films throughout the year. If you are into really good, artsy, foreign, awesome films then you should get familiar with their schedule..or my blog, because I will be posting all their screenings anyhow.

This weekend there will be a U.S. theatrical release by the name of “Un Secret.” The early bird gets the worm on this one, so be there at 9:00am for some free refreshments. Here is some information regarding the film:

Saturday – July 12, 2008
Doors Open for Complimentary Refreshments at 9:00 AM
Film Begins Promptly at 9:30 AM
Camelot Theatres 2300 Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA

On his fifteenth birthday a family friend tells Francois a shattering truth that may enable him to develop his own sense of self. Told through flashbacks, the secret had lain silent, known only to a few, including his mother Tania, his father Maxime, and lifelong family friend Louise.

Nominated for: Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Writing, Best Costume Design, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Music Written for a Film, Best Production Design; Montréal World Film Festival, Grand Prix des AmériquesFestivals:French Film Festival, Bulgaria Sofia Film Festival; Japan, Festival du Film Français au Japon; Russia, Francophony Film Festival; Canada Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

Based on Philippe Grimbert’s fact-inspired novel, “Un Secret” is a fine drama that stands as Claude Miller’s best in at least a decade.”

There’s nothing simplistic about the secret at the centre of this deeply moving drama. Director Claude Miller has adapted Philippe Grimbert’s biographical novel with art, grace and compassion.” Urban Cine

Director: Claude Miller
Writers: Philippe Grimbert, novel; Claude Miller, screenplay
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 105 minutes
Country: France
Language: French with/English subtitles
Rating: Not Rated