PSIFF 2012

Movies we saw at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
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1.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
2.
The Sandman (2011)
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One fine morning, Benno finds sand in his bed. While he tries to ignore this at first, he soon must realize that he himself is loosing the sand... (88 mins.)
Director: Peter Luisi
 
3.
Baikonur (2011)
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Iskander, a young man living on the Kazakh steppes, finds French astronaut Julie after her capsule crashes. Julie now has amnesia, but Iskander convinces her they are engaged. (Russian with English subtitles) (95 mins.)
Director: Veit Helmer
 
4.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (84 mins.)
 
5.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
 
6.
Pig (2011)
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A man wakes up alone in the middle of the desert with a black hood on his head and his hands tied behind his back... (90 mins.)
Director: Henry Barrial
 
7.
California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown (2011 Documentary)
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CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND tells the story of how one man rose against seemingly insurmountable obstacles and shaped the future of modern California...
Director: Sascha Rice
 
8.
Headhunters (2011)
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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary. (100 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
 
10.
Rose (2011)
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A harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose husband, a German soldier, was killed in the war... (90 mins.)
 
11.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
 
12.
In Darkness (2011)
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A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov. (145 mins.)
 
13.
Omar Killed Me (2011)
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In the summer of 1991 an elderly woman Ghislaine Marchal is found murdered in the basement of her home... (85 mins.)
Director: Roschdy Zem
 
14.
Café de Flore (2011)
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A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love. (120 mins.)
 
15.
Sound of My Voice (2011)
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Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future. (85 mins.)
Director: Zal Batmanglij
 
16.
Starbuck (2011)
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As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Scott
 
17.
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
 
18.
Wrinkles (2011)
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An astonishing cocktail of friendship, resistance and life set among the unexpected landscape of an elderly care facility. (89 mins.)
 
19.
A Simple Life (2011)
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After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home. (118 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
20.
Declaration of War (2011)
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When their young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor, young parents Roméo and Juliette unite in the fight for his survival. (100 mins.)
 
21.
Bullhead (2011)
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader. (129 mins.)
 
22.
Eliminate: Archie Cookson (2011)
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When stolen secret tapes land on his desk, a washed up British spy , Archie Cookson, becomes the target for a psychopathic hit-man sent to retrieve them. (91 mins.)
Director: Robin Holder
 
23.
Bol (2011)
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A female convict on death row, her last wish is to tell her story to the media. (165 mins.)
Director: Shoaib Mansoor
 
24.
Alois Nebel (2011)
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A train dispatcher encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere, and finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland. (84 mins.)
Director: Tomás Lunák
 
25.
Fecha de caducidad (2012)
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Ramona's compulsive life becomes a wreck when she finds out, after a long search that Osvaldo, her only son, has died. (111 mins.)
Director: Kenya Marquez
 
26.
The Forgiveness of Blood (2011)
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An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that makes eldest son Nik a prime target and forces his sister, eldest daughter Rudina, to leave school in order to take over the family business. (109 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
27.
Tilt (2011)
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TILT is a love story set against the backdrop of the changing political and social environment in Europe in the late 80's and early 90's... (94 mins.)
 
28.
Le Havre (2011)
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When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home. (93 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
29.
The Loving Story (2011 Documentary)
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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving... (77 mins.)
Director: Nancy Buirski
 
30.
Man Without a Cell Phone (2010)
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(83 mins.)
Director: Sameh Zoabi
 
31.
A Thousand Cuts (2012)
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A stranger with a haunted past shows up unannounced at the home of Hollywood's hottest horror director, and is determined to teach him what real horror is all about. (85 mins.)
Director: Charles Evered
 
32.
Las Acacias (2011)
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Rubén is a lonely truck driver who has been taking the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires... (82 mins.)
Director: Pablo Giorgelli
 
33.
Vito (2011 Documentary)
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The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s. (93 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
 
34.
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
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At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. (94 mins.)
 
35.
Wunderkinder (2011)
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The story takes place in Ukraine (Poltava) in 1941 before and during the German invasion. This story... (100 mins.)
 
36.
Guilty (2011)
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A family man battles to prove his innocence after being accused of a heinous crime. (102 mins.)
Director: Vincent Garenq
 
37.
Come as You Are (2011)
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Three guys in their twenties love wine and women but they are still virgins. Under the guise of a wine... (115 mins.)