Upcoming Films

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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

Encore show added 4:00p Thursday, Dec 4!

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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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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)

New Date! 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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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)

New Date! Starts December 12

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Happy Valley

"Thorough, thoughtful and heartbreaking." –Los Angeles Times

Amir Bar-Lev’s sharp-minded, compelling and surprising documentary follows the travails of Penn State, an institution long known for its principled and successful football program. When revelations of child abuse by one of the coaches surface, the identity of an entire town is turned upside down. With remarkable access and an eye for the revealing detail, Bar-Lev creates a portrait about community pride, football, higher education and the sensationalism of the media.

Starts December 12

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New Energy Economy presents Coal Ash Stories

With a special presentation by Mariel Nanasi on Coal Ash impacts in New Mexico, New Mexico's contested power plans, and how you can stand up for your health and your environment!

New Energy Economy (NEE) presents Working Films' Coal Ash Stories to connect the dangers of Coal Ash nation-wide to our struggle for clean energy here in New Mexico. Mariel Nanasi, executive director of NEE will talk about PNM's controversial replacement power plan and the massive public day of action on January 5 to oppose it. The current plan would lock New Mexico into decades more coal and nuclear energy at a time when coal pollution is devastating communities around the country and expensive coal ash regulation is right around the corner. Come learn how you can take action for a clean energy future, including speaking out in opposition to PNM's power plan and advocating for coal ash regulations on the national level!

7:00p Thursday, December 11

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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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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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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

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Songs Of The Sea

“One of the most blissfully beautiful animated films ever made … a gem beaming with awe-inspiring, heartwarming magic.” –IndieWire

In the latest hand-drawn animation from the creators of the Oscar-nominated SECRET OF KELLS, a girl—the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people—escapes from her grandmother's home to journey to the sea. Such an adventure requires courage, and our hero tries to free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world. (Ireland, 2014, 93m, GKids)

Starts January 2

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She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Intensely relevant and timeless.” –Examiner

Mary Dore’s film offers a provocative and rousing look at the women’s movement of the 1960’s, as seen through the eyes of grassroots organizers across the country. Alternatively thrilling, scandalous, and hilarious, the documentary tells the story of a revolution for equal pay, a right to child care, and not least, sexual freedom. These battles are still being fought. (U.S., 2014, 92m, International Film Circuit)

Starts January 9

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Escobar: Paradise Lost

Absorbing and suspenseful … del Toro’s presence, like Brando’s in THE GODFATHER, looms over everything that happens.“Hollywood Reporter

In Columbia, Nick (Josh Hutcherson), a Canadian surfer boy, meets Maria (Claudia Traisac), an idealistic local girl who works with the poor. But this love story has a dark side: Maria’s wealthy, very protective uncle Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro) is one of the world’s biggest narco-traffickers. Writer-director Andrea Di Stefano ingeniously mixes fact and fiction in this disturbing thriller, with Hutcherson (Jennifer Lawrence’s love interest in the Hunger Games movies) an ordinary guy stumbling headlong into terror and violence, holding his own opposite one of the most charismatic actors alive. And Del Toro, with his mixture of avuncular sweetness, self-mythologizing grandiosity and cobra-like cruelty, was born to play Escobar. (France-Spain-Belgium, 2014, 120m)

Starts January 16

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Still Life

“**** … Deeply moving and richly rewarding–a film with incredible heart. Marsan is brilliant, his is a finely embodied, indelible performance deserving of every accolade … A tonic for the soil.” –Empire

For years, John (Eddie Marsan, Sherlock Holmes) has been responsible for finding and informing the next of kin that their relations have passed away alone. When he is downsized, John takes the time to fully immerse himself in an exploration of someone else’s family in a journey filled with mischief, misadventure, love and regret, including for Kelly (Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey), a long-lost daughter of the deceased. Winner of four awards at Venice, including Best Film and Best Director (for Uberto Pasolini, producer of THE FULL MONTY) and awards at Reykjavik and Edinburgh, this is s a funny, resonant and universal celebration of dignity, community values and human connection, and ultimately, all that life is worth living for. (U.S., 2014, 87m, Tribeca Film)

Starts January 23

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Beloved Sisters

“An enthralling, gorgeously mounted depiction … an unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalitiestorn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind.” –Variety

Dominik Graf’s thoroughly modern tale of a love triangle between two devoted aristocratic sisters and a controversial poet who took the European literary world by storm, is set in the late 18th century as a penniless rising poet, Friedrich Schiller, is tied to two women, one of whom is a talented poet in her own right. Germany’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film, this is an intense and charming historical drama. (Germany, 2014, 170m, Music Box Films)

Starts this February