The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Seaside Movie Competition to Supply 16 Movies Directed by Ladies

The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival to Offer 16 Films Directed by Women

“Expertise the Magic of Cinema” is the slogan of a serious new cultural occasion: The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Seaside Movie Competition Introduced by MorseLife.

Providing dozens of distinctive options, documentaries, and brief movies from 20 totally different international locations, the inaugural competition may have a very worldwide focus, celebrating cinematic excellence and reflecting a dedication to international variety.

Sixteen of the 37 function movies and documentaries within the Competition, which runs January 26 by means of February 16, had been both directed or co-directed by ladies, together with:


Director: Clio Barnard

(Function-UK-2021) This romance is a bundle of excellent humor and nervous power. Ali is a British Pakistani working-class landlord who forges shut bonds together with his tenants. Sooner or later, whereas selecting up one in every of his tenants’ youngsters from faculty, he gives a elevate to Ava, an Irish-born trainer and single mom of 5. They bond nearly immediately by means of their love of music. Their story serves as a reminder that it’s typically the least seemingly connections which can be those most price pursuing. (Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition, BAFTA Nominee Finest British Movie)

+ February 1, 3:45 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 14, 1:00 pm – Paragon Theatres of Delray Seaside

+ February 14, 4:00 pm – CMX Wellington

BALABAN (Palm Seaside Premiere)

Director: Aysulu Onarani


On the verge of maturity, Ardak, a reserved 16-year-old schoolgirl who was recognized with HIV as a toddler, lives a sheltered life along with her mom in a luxurious home in part of Kazakhstan identified for its dramatic mountains and huge nomadic steppe. Ardak goals on transferring to Paris and turning into THE NEXT BIG THING in trend. After an opportunity assembly with an adventurous teen, Zhanna, at a neighborhood charity for HIV adolescents, they forge a plan to steal a prized falcon from Zhanna’s cousin to finance their trip-which proves to be the final word check of their relationship. (Worldwide Peace Movie Competition)

+ January 30, 1:00 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 9, 1:00 pm – Paragon Theaters of Delray Seaside

BREAKING THE ICE (Palm Seaside Premiere)

Director: Clara Stern


What occurs when somebody with a inflexible way of living meets their freewheeling reverse? Mira is the inheritor to an Austrian winery whose existence is outlined by stress: THE FAMILY enterprise is barely staying afloat, her grandfather’s dementia is getting worse, and her brother Paul lately went lacking. Mira’s sole outlet for all this nervousness is serving because the captain of a ladies’s ice hockey staff. (Tribeca Movie Competition)

+ January 27, 1:00 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 11, 1:30 pm – Paragon Theaters of Delray Seaside

+ February 14, 1:00 pm – CMX Wellington

CALENDAR GIRLS (Palm Seaside Premiere)

Director: Maria Loohufvud & Love Martinsen


This “coming-of-golden-age” movie follows senior volunteer dancers in Southwest Florida, who’re decided to show that age is only a quantity. The dancers give all of it they have: spectacular make-up, handmade costumes, elaborate dance routines, unparalleled enthusiasm, and glowing personalities. (Sundance Movie Competition, Sizzling Docs Movie Competition, Bergamo Movie Competition Viewers Award Finest Documentary)

Be aware: The Calendar Women might be Particular Friends in any respect three Competition screenings.

+ January 28, 1:45 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 4, 1:30 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 7, 1:00 pm – Regal Royal Palm

CINEMA SABAYA (Palm Seaside Premiere)

Director: Orit Fouks Rotem

(Function – Israel-2022)

A gaggle of Arab and Jewish ladies attend a workshop run by Rona, a younger filmmaker from Tel Aviv, to be taught to doc their lives on video. As every girl shares her uncooked footage with the others, they’re all compelled to problem their preconceived views and beliefs, coming collectively as moms, wives, and girls. Primarily based on the real-life experiences of the movie’s director, with a exceptional solid consisting {of professional} and non-professional actors alike, Cinema Sabaya is a testomony to the facility of movie and its distinctive capability to spark mutual recognition and connection throughout cultures. (Jerusalem Movie Competition Winner Finest Israeli Debut & Viewers Award, AFI Fest, Warsaw Worldwide Movie Competition, UK Jewish Movie Competition, nominated for 8 Ophir awards (Israeli Academy) together with: Finest Movie(winner), Finest Director (winner), Finest), Finest Supporting Actress(winner), Israel’s official Oscar entry for Finest Worldwide Function Movie)

+ February 7, 4:00 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 13, 7:00 pm – CMX Wellington

+ February 13, 4:00 pm – Paragon Theatres in Delray Seaside

HAUTE COUTURE (Palm Seaside Premiere)

Director: Sylvia Ohayon


Esther is on the finish of her profession as Head Seamstress at Dior within the well-known Avenue Montaigne workshop. When her purse is stolen within the metro by 20-year-old Jade, Esther decides to assist her slightly than name the police. Within the frenetic world of Haute Couture, Esther will give Jade a option to attain past herself and harness her creativity and expertise. (Mill Valley Movie Competition, Palm Spring Worldwide Movie Competition)

+ February 2, 7:00 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 7, 7:00 pm – Regal Royal Palm

+ February 14, 7:00 pm – CMX Wellington

LOVE & MATHEMATICS (Florida Premiere)

Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce


This can be a story of longing, reconnection, and disconnection. Billy, a former BOY BAND quasi-pop star, is now a dutiful stay-at-home dad, pissed off by the shortage of achievement in his snug life. He is somebody who’s out of contact, particularly with himself. Mónica a mild-mannered new neighbor, is a former devoted fan. Monica’s adoration reminds Billy of what his life was as a performer, with followers feeding his ego. It additionally reminds him of his ardour for music, and he begins to play his guitar once more.

Be aware: Particular Invited Competition Visitor Sandro Florin, CEO of FiGa Movies, will attend the February 8 screenings.

+ January 31, 1:00 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 8, 4:00 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 8, 7:00 pm – Regal Royal Palm


Administrators: Louie Psihoyos & Peggy Callahan


Deeply transferring and laugh-out-loud humorous, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu share science-backed knowledge of the right way to stay with pleasure in troubled instances. With real affection, mutual respect and a wholesome dose of teasing, these unlikely buddies impart classes gleaned from lived expertise, historic traditions, and the most recent cutting-edge science relating to the right way to stay with pleasure within the face of all of life’s challenges from the extraordinary to the mundane. (Tribeca Movie Competition, Palm Springs Worldwide Movie Competition, Cleveland Movie Competition Advert Hoc Docs Winner)

+ January 31, 3:30 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 13, 1:00 pm – Paragon Theaters of Delray Seaside


Director: Caroline Vignal


Schoolteacher Antoinette (Laure Calamy) is trying ahead to her long-planned summer season holidays along with her secret lover Vladimir, the daddy of one in every of her pupils. When studying that Vladimir cannot make it as a result of his spouse organized a shock trekking journey within the Cévennes Nationwide Park with their daughter and a donkey to hold their load, Antoinette impulsively decides to comply with them, with Patrick, a cantankerous, protecting donkey. Utterly inexperienced in out of doors life, Antoinette forges fast bonds with Patrick, as she poignantly and uproariously stumbles towards self-revelation and independence. (Cannes Movie Competition, Finest Actress: Laure Calamy César Awards)

+ January 29, 6:00 pm – IPIC Boca Raton (consists of 3-course dinner)

+ February 3, 4:00 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 14, 7:00 pm – Paragon Theaters in Delray Seaside


Director: Vivian Kleiman


A full of life take a look at 5 LGBTQ+ comedian guide artists whose careers go from the underground scene to the quilt of Time Journal and the worldwide stage. This adaptation of Justin Corridor’s anthology of the identical title invitations the artists to share their tales and observations on every little thing from the AIDS disaster and office discrimination to the seek for love. It is a warm-hearted tribute to all of the artists amongst us, those that paint the world in order that we will higher perceive it. (Tribeca Movie Competition, AFI Docs Fest, Grand Jury Documentary Prize Outfest)

Be aware: Profanity, Sexual Content material

+ January 28, 4:30 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 12, 1:30 pm – Paragon Theaters of Delray Seaside


Director: Sasha Levinson


Palm Seaside County filmmaker Sasha Levinson goals the lens at her multigenerational household in an unconventional hybrid documentary providing an trustworthy glimpse into fashionable motherhood that can make mother and father in every single place really feel so much much less alone. When the world was turning to chaos within the early levels of COVID-19, Sasha determined to make a movie along with her daughter. It started as a filmmaker’s experiment, however what emerged is a therapeutic exploration of single motherhood, distance co-parenting, and multigenerational trauma which finally offers option to therapeutic. In the course of the biggest psychological well being disaster of our time, this movie offers an trustworthy take a look at parenting and discovering peace inside the household. (Winner George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award at Slamdance Movie Competition, Sunscreen Movie Competition) Be aware: Competition Particular Friends on the screening embrace director Sasha Levinson and star Sylvie Bellanca.

+ January 28, 11:00 am – Films of Lake Value

THE BLUE CAFTAN (Palm Seaside Premiere)

Director: Maryam Touzani

(Function-Belgium, Denmark, France, Morocco-2022) Center-aged married couple Mina and Halim function a small garment store, from which grasp tailor Halim painstakingly embroiders magnificent caftans for a picky clientele. Mina and Halim have an unconventional marriage, knowledgeable by affection and mutual respect however burdened by a secret that Halim cannot title. The movie is an understated, but immensely highly effective exploration of the assorted types love can take. (FIPRESCI prize-winning premiere in Cannes’ Un Sure Regard part, Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition, Morocco’s official Oscar entry for Finest Worldwide Function)

+ February 2, 7:00 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 7, 7:30 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 15, 7:00 pm – Paragon Theaters in Delray Seaside

THE FORGER (Palm Seaside Premiere)

Director: Maggie Peren

(Function-Germany, Luxembourg-2022)

Berlin,1942. 21-year-old Cioma Schönhaus, a Jewish man, will not let anybody take away his zest for all times, particularly not the Nazis. Since the very best hiding spots are in plain sight, Cioma decides to exit into the sunshine to flee deportation. All through the day he forges IDs with only a brush, some ink, and a gradual hand – and saves the lives of many. Primarily based on the true story of Cioma Schönhaus. (Berlin Worldwide Movie Competition, Haifa Movie Competition, Vancouver Movie Competition)

+ February 8, 1:00 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 8, 3:30 pm – Regal Royal Palm

+ February 13, 1:00 pm – CMX Wellington

THE WILD ONE (Florida Premiere)

Director: Tessa Louise-Salomé


The documentary traces the life journey of an enigmatic artist, Jack Garfein, his household’s fleeing the Nazis, surviving in Auschwitz, his 1946 arrival at 16 in New York and coming underneath the wing of Lee Strasberg, Hollywood, and his marriage to actress Carroll Baker. It examines how his expertise within the focus camps formed his imaginative and prescient of appearing as a survival mechanism. Narrated by Willem Defoe, the movie explores the significance of his legacy as an artist who confronted censorship and divulges how artwork can draw on private reminiscence to raised enlighten our current. (Winner Finest Cinematography in a Documentary Movie Tribeca Movie Competition Winner Jury Prize Finest Documentary Competition 2 Vincennes)

+ February 6, 1:30 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 6, 1:30 pm – Regal Royal Palm Seaside

+ February 15, 1:30 pm – Paragon Theaters in Delray Seaside

THE WORST ONES (Florida Premiere)

Administrators: Romane Gueret & Lise Akoka


Set within the suburbs of Boulogne-Sur-Mer in northern France, the story captures a movie inside a movie because it follows the manufacturing of a film whose director turns to the native housing venture for casting. Desperate to seize performances of gritty authenticity, the director selects 4 working class youngsters to behave within the movie to the shock of the area people, who query the director’s selection of “the worst ones”. (Un Sure Regard Grand Prize winner at Cannes, Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition)

+ January 29, 7:30 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 12, 1:00 pm – CMX Wellington

YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER (Palm Seaside Premiere)

Administrators: Sarah Watts & Mark Slutsky


Within the early ’90s, homosexual teen Jaime is distributed to stay along with her religious Jehovah’s Witness family after the demise of her father. Jaime makes an surprising reference to Marike, daughter of a outstanding Witness Elder. The 2 are immediately drawn to one another, and start a secret, unstated romance. However when their attraction turns into too apparent to cover, the group strikes to separate the 2, forcing them every to make a horrible selection between religion and love. (Tribeca Movie Competition, Administrators Guild of Canada Excellent Directorial Achievement nomination)

+ February 1, 7:00 pm – Films of Lake Value

+ February 3, 1:30 pm – CMX on the Gardens

+ February 10, 4:00 pm – Paragon Theaters in Delray Seaside

“Along with American, British, French, and Mexican films, the upcoming competition will showcase a world array of audience-wowing and mind-expanding movies from Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Israel, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, New Zealand, Bolivia, Uruguay, and extra,” says Competition Founder Donald M. Ephraim. “The movies had been particularly chosen to foster dialogue and interplay amongst attendees and supporters.”

For a full record of collaborating theaters and scheduled films on the upcoming The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Seaside Movie Competition, request a DMEPBFF brochure, or to develop into a member of the Competition Movie Society, please name 561.867.3109 or go to