(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – December 14, 2022) “Experience the Magic of Cinema” is the slogan of a major new cultural event: The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival© Presented by MorseLife. Offering dozens of unique features, documentaries, and short films from 20 different countries, the inaugural festival will have a truly international focus, celebrating cinematic excellence and reflecting a commitment to global diversity.
From its Opening Night at the Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion on January 26—with the USA premiere of the French comedy Two Tickets to Greece—straight through to its February 16 Closing Night at the CMX Downtown in Palm Beach Gardens, The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival will entertain, enthrall, involve, and delight movie fans at multiple first-class cinemas, including CMX at the Gardens, CMX Wellington, Movies of Lake Worth, Paragon at Delray Marketplace and the Regal Royal Palm Beach.
Festival highlights will include delicious “Dinner & a Movie” experiences at IPIC in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park on January 29-31, and at IPIC in Delray Beach, on January 30, February 6, and 13—all featuring a 3-course dinner and a specially curated film.
Why should movie fans attend this major new cultural event? Festival Founder Donald M. Ephraim says it will “bring highly anticipated, critically acclaimed, and thought-provoking films to Palm Beach County, alongside exclusive events with actors and directors, offering something to appeal to every community and demographic. We look forward to featuring the work of both emerging and established filmmakers worldwide, a high-quality mix of independent films with broad appeal, timely documentaries, and short films.”
In addition to American, British, French, and Israeli movies, the upcoming festival will showcase a global array of audience-wowing and mind-expanding films from Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, New Zealand, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico, and more.
The films were specifically selected to foster dialogue and interaction among attendees and supporters, according to Founding Festival Director Ellen Wedner. “The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival seeks to foster collaboration with community partners, diverse populations, and student filmmakers. Going forward, we plan to grow the festival in direct response to feedback from audience members and film industry insiders.”
The Opening Night Film, Two Tickets to Greece, is a happy relationship comedy from France directed by Marc Fitoussi. This fun feature film, also known as Les Cyclades, follows the recently divorced Blandine, who is struggling to get back to her life. She reconnects with her former best friend, the loud and fearless Magalie, who imposes herself on a trip they dreamed of as teenagers: Amorgos, the beautiful location where The Big Blue was shot. When they reach their destination, they realize the dreamy vacation doesn’t go as planned since they both now have a very different approach to vacation... and life! Director Marc Fitoussi will attend the Opening Night screening as a Special Guest of The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival. The movie’s USA Premiere will be held at the Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion.
The stars of Two Tickets to Greece are Laure Calamy (Netflix’ Call My Agent, and My Donkey, My Lover & I), Olivia Côte (My Donkey, My Lover & I), and Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The English Patient, Mission: Impossible, The Horse Whisperer, Gosford Park).
The movie My Donkey, My Lover & I will also be featured at The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival, which is presented by MorseLife Health System, the premier provider of health care and residential services for seniors in Palm Beach County.
“MorseLife has been a cornerstone of life in Palm Beach County for nearly 40 years, safeguarding and enriching the lives of area seniors,” said MorseLife President and CEO Keith A. Myers. “Through this new film festival, we reach the broader community to raise awareness for MorseLife services, uplift minds, and touch hearts.”
For a full list of participating theaters and scheduled movies at the upcoming The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Film Festival, request a DMEPBFF brochure, or to become a member of the Festival Film Society, please call 561.867.3109 or visit www.DMEPBFF.org.
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