Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM
AMC Mazza Gallerie, followed by a reception, $35
Directed by PETER LUISI (Switzerland)
In Person: Star Doro Müggler
A new type of sports hero is born in this warm-hearted and fast-paced comedy from the writer/director of The Sandman (FFDC 2012) and Unlikely Heroes (FFDC 2015).
After losing a large sum of his employer's money on what should have been a sure bet, sad-sack high school teacher Balz Näf needs to replace the funds pronto. Taking inspiration from the streaker who distracted his heavily favored soccer team, he starts recruiting and training exhibitionists for illegal sports betting. His enterprising hairdresser lays out odds for punters to wager on the length of time a naked runner can stay on the field and shares the proceeds with Näf. Although streaking becomes a trendy new sport in Switzerland, the soccer club owners are furious and police commissioner Sandra Strebel (Doro Müggler) takes on the case.
This witty and humorous romp offers excellent scripting and direction and, um, revealing performances from a seasoned cast.—Palm Springs International Film Festival
Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Embassy of France, $25
3:00 PM, followed by a reception 5:00 – 6:00 PM
7:00 PM, preceded by a reception 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Directed by CARINE TARDIEU (France, Belgium)
A delightful blend of coincidence and destiny, Just to Be Sure explores the virtues and vagaries of DNA in warm, funny, and unpredictable ways that leave you rooting for nurture over nature with all your heart. Erwin, a wistful widower of 45, makes a living clearing buried mines left over from WWII. While undergoing genetic testing with his single, pregnant daughter, Erwin discovers he has no genetic connection to his own father, who also a widower. A private detective helps him track down his biological father, Joseph, who is ailing as he ages. As Erwin and Joseph embark on a tentative and endearing relationship, Erwin also begins what might be a romantic affair with Anna, a local doctor in Joseph's seaside town. Questions of identity and lineage bring endless twists and turns in this perceptive French comedy. Just to Be Sure traverses literal and figurative minefields in search of what actually makes us who we are: biology or something else.—Palm Springs International Film Festival
Sponsored by the Embassy of France and the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment
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