the Coachella Valley Premiere of


Saturday, June 11, 2005

9:00 am - Camelot Theatres Doors Open
(Complimentary Coffee & Pastries)
9:20 am - Introduction of the Film
9:30 am - Screening begins
Q&A Session follows the Screening

Free to DFS 2005 Members with current Membership Card
Guests & Non-Members pay $15.00 per person at the door


“A crowd-pleasing dramatic comedy about love, friendship, role- planing and Jewish pride …sprightly pace, sunny thesping, fine comic timing.”  –  Variety

Directed by Steve Suissa
Based on the book by Daniel Goldenberg
Laughter and tears vie for top billing in this lovely second feature by French director Steve Suissa.  For years, lasting friends and unknown actors Maurice, Sami, Simon, Elie, and Edouard have been waiting for their big break.  The future looks bright when famous American director Rudolph Grichenberg (Peter Coyote) offers Maurice the part of Shylock in his Yiddish screen adaptation of The Merchant of Venice.  But his fortunes reverse quickly when Maurice learns that his beloved wife, Perla, is seriously ill.  With his friend’s help, Maurice takes on the greatest role of his life to protect her, and, in playing his part, illuminates the meaning of art, love, and truth. Stéphane Freiss as Maurice and the beautiful Bérénice Bejo as Perla give touching, memorable performances

Comedy / Drama
LANGUAGE:  French, with English Sub-Titles