Upcoming Films

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Ghibli Celebration: My Neighbor Totoro

One of the five best children’s films ever made. –Roger Ebert
Upon arriving at a new house, two sisters discover a secret world of fantastical creatures living in the surrounding forest. Drawn from Shinto beliefs about balance, mind-bendingly inventive and filled with humor and majesty, Hayao Miyazaki’s film invokes all of the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world around us. Featuring the voices of Dakota and Elle Fanning and Tim Daly. (Japan, 1988, 86m, new 35mm print, for all ages)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun November 22-23, & 5:30p Mon, November 24

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

“Expertly written, brilliantly acted” –Variety     “An astonishing work of craftsmanship” –Hollywood Reporter

An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz, “The Band’s Visit”) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz. Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity in this searing drama. “Gett” made its international debut this year at Cannes and is Israel’s submission for the Academy Awards Best Foreign Picture. Tickets available at CCA and at www.SantaFeJFF.org.

11:00a Sunday, November 30 , coffee preceding film begins at 10:30a

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Ghibli Celebration: Princess Mononoke

“Exotically beautiful … breathtakingly rendered … it’s the film's stirring use of nature, myth and history that make it so special.“ –New York Times
Animation’s unsurpassed epic, Hayao Miyazaki’s film follows a battle between humans, gods and nature. It includes several iconic characters: a demonic boar—drawn as a furious tangle of pulsating wormlike strands; the hero Ashitaka, cursed after being wounded; the god-like Princess Monokoke, with her blood-smeared face, astride a white wolf; and the Forest Spirit, who brings the earth to life with each step he takes. With the voices of Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Jada Pinkett Smith, and John DiMaggio. (Japan, 1997, 134m, new 35mm print, recommended for ages 11 and up; features intense battle scenes)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun November 29-30, & 5:30p Mon, December 1

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The Homesman

Lyrical and shocking, weirdly funny and grimly serious, fronted by fine and wise … this beautifully crafted film intrigues as a story never told before and ratchets up dramatic interest through a succession of unexpected turns.” ­–Hollywood Reporter

Tommy Lee Jones directs, co-writes (with Taos’s Kieran Fitzgerald) and co-stars in this adaptation of Glendon Swarthout’s novel about a stalwart, sensitive prairie spinster. Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) tries to lead three neighboring farm wives addled by grief and despair back East to care and safety, joined by George (Jones), a snaggle-toothed, middle-aged Huck Finn who is simultaneously comic and unpredictably dangerous. The phenomenal supporting cast includes John Lithgow, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Miranda Otto and Meryl Streep. But perhaps the biggest star is New Mexico, with its starkly beautiful landscapes (shot by the Oscar-nominated Rodrigo Prieto, BIUTIFUL, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), which have never looked as glorious. (U.S., 2014, 122m)

Starts December 5

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Veterans for Peace present Joyeux Noel

“A deeply moving and uplifting piece.” –Hollywood Reporter

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the World War I “Christmas Truce,” in which opposing troops laid down their arms, just for a moment, Veterans for Peaces shares Christian Carron’s Oscar-nominated film. In the film, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity. (France-Germany-U.K., 2005, 35mm, 116m). This event also includes live music and poetry performances.

1:30p Sunday, December 7

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Ghibli Celebration: The Wind Rises

“A work of immense mystery and strangeness, loaded with unforgettable images, spectacular sweeps of color and nested, hidden meanings … one of the most beautiful animated films ever made, and something close to a masterpiece.” –Salon
In what Miyazaki called his final film, a Japanese boy, inspired by a great Italian designer, dreams of creating beautiful airplanes. When his genius is recognized, he is given the power to make flying machines that will change the world … for better or worse. A historical epic and a mythic tale of the artist’s spirit, THE WIND RISES, nominated for an Oscar, will be known as one of the greatest of animated films. (Japan, 2013, 126m, DCP, Disney, recommended for ages 14 and up)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun December 6-7, & 5:30p Mon, December 8

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1971

“A thrilling lesson about how authoritarianism can be curbed, sometimes, by one simple and well-targeted blow.” –PopMatters

It’s the great whodunit of the civil rights era. In 1971, eight citizens broke into a Pennsylvania FBI office, stole classified files, and began leaking them to the press. The files revealed the FBI’s deliberate and illegal actions to infiltrate and disrupt activist groups, and the Washington Post’s publication of a story helps launch an investigation into U.S.’s surveillance methods, and an FBI manhunt, as they search for the burglars. More than 40 years later, nobody knew who stole the files … until now. Johanna Hamilton’s gripping documentary features the first interviews with the fearless citizens who shone a spotlight on a then-corrupt institution. (U.S., 2014, 79m, DCP)

Starts December 12

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Point and Shoot

"Remarkable … a riveting study of self-styled adventurer and rebel freedom fighter.” ­­–Hollywood Reporter

In February 2011, 32-year old Matthew Van Dyke left home in Baltimore and set off for Libya to help rebels overthrow the country’s dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. With a gun in one hand and a video camera in the other, he struggled to achieve political revolution -- and personal transformation. The latest from twice-Oscar-nominated director Marshall Curry (STREET FIGHT, IF A TREE FALLS) returns with a real-life adventure story with troubling implications about modern masculinity, terrorism and the age of social media. (U.S., 2014, 83m)

Starts December 12

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Inside The Mind of Leonardo

"Atmospheric, gripping and beautifully dramatized...a wonderful and unmissable thing"Guardian
Only 21 paintings by Leonardo da Vinci exist, but 6,000 pages of his private journals survive. This extraordinary wealth of drawings and writing represent Leonardo's stream of consciousness: his passion, obsession, ambition, philosophy, frustrations and genius. This film uses motion graphics and deep research to bring Leonardo’s creative process to life, presenting a surprising and truthful portrayal of mankind's greatest polymath in his own words. BAFTA winner (and DOCTOR WHO star) Peter Capaldi portrays Leonardo, capturing the essence of the human being behind the genius. (U.K., 2013, 85m, Submarine)

Starts December 19

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Science On Screen: Eric Libby presents Alien

“In space, no one can here you scream"

Ridley Scott’s unbeatable sci-fi horror classic follows a spacecraft invaded by a maleficent creature bent on destruction. Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby, a biologist with a fascination in how cells mutate and evolve into new organizations, will introduce the film with a presentation. (U.S., 1979, 117m)

7:00p Wednesday, December 17

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National Gallery

 

“A great, great film. However long it is since you last climbed the gallery’s steps, you’ll watch this truly inspiring piece of work and rue the interval.” –Tim Robey, The Telegraph

The legendary Frederick Wiseman (“America’s greatest living filmmaker,” The Notebook) provides his latest behind-the-scenes exploration. This London institution is a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. NATIONAL GALLERY is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public, and its paintings. In a perpetual and dizzying game of mirrors, film watches painting watches film. (U.S.-U.K., 2014, 180m, digital video, mTuckman Media)

Starts December 19

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The Babadook

Delivers real, seat-grabbing jolts while also touching on more serious themes of loss, grief and other demons that can not be so easily vanquished.” –Variety

A young widow is alone and at a loss with what to do with her six-year-old son, who is having frightening visions, heightened with the arrival of a creepy storybook. As the boy’s hallucinations spin out of control, his mother medicates him. But what if the visions are real? Jennifer Kent’s debut film, one of the hits at Sundance, has crafted an old-school horror film with a rich and convincing psychological core. (Australia, 2014, 93m, DCP, IFC Films)

Starts December 19

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The King and The Mockingbird

"A masterpiece of animation and imagination … fans of Studio Ghibli will thrill to the tenderly explored themes – class, nature, love, grief – and poetic, witty visuals.” –Total Film

This wildly satirical Hans Christian Andersen adaptation, which follows a chimney sweep and shepherdess on the run from a tyrannical king, was started in 1947, taken from its creators and finished by the producers in 1953, and then finally completed by the creative team as intended in 1979. A classic of Disney-like proportions in France, it can finally be seen in the U.S. The directors XX Grimault and Jacques Prevert (whose credits include the masterpieces CHILDREN OF PARADISE) turn their tale into a wondrous journey, suitable for parents and children. Hiyao Miyazaki cites it as the inspiration for starting his Studio Ghibli (and the influence on THE IRON GIANT is very clear!) . (France, 1953/1980, 82m, DCP, Rialto Pictures)

Starts December 26

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A Touch of Evil

"Evocative and brilliant … a wondrous gift no movie lover should miss.” –Chicago Tribune

There’s never been noir quite like it. Orson Welles’ imaginative and virtuoustic classic—reassembled by a team including the legendary editor Walter Murch, and now digitally restored for the first time—follows  the Mexican drug trade, as Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh and Welles himself play characters on a collision course, along with Marlene Dietrich. With music by Henry Mancini, and cinema’s most famous tracking shot (courtesy of cinematographer Russell Metty), this is a director’s cut for the ages: a true celebration of Welles’ peerless talent. (U.S., 1958/1998, 112m, DCP)

Starts December 26