Films Archive

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The Square

An exhilarating portrait of Egyptian politics … a vibrant, lyrical, graphic, sobering and finally soaring testament to aesthetic and political expression.” Washington Post
The Egyptian Revolution: the news offers but a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march, yet another shift in leadership … Jehane Noujaim’s immersive film transports the viewer deeply into the intense emotional drama and personal stories behind the news. It is the inspirational story of young people claiming their rights, struggling through multiple forces, in the fight to create a society of conscience. (U.S./Egypt, 2013, 104m, DCP)

February 2014

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The Missing Picture

Oscar nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
The audacity of THE MISSING PICTURE—a brilliant documentary about a child who held on to life in Cambodia’s killing fields—is equaled only by its soulfulness.” –New York Times
"For many years, I have been looking for the missing picture: a photograph taken between 1975 and 1979 by the Khmer Rouge when they ruled over Cambodia... On its own, of course, an image cannot prove mass murder, but it gives us cause for thought, prompts us to meditate, to record History. I searched for it vainly in the archives, in old papers, in the country villages of Cambodia. Today I know: this image must be missing. I was not really looking for it; would it not be obscene and insignificant? So I created it. What I give you today is neither the picture nor the search for a unique image, but the picture of a quest: the quest that cinema allows." -Director Rithy Panh at Cannes 2013

April 2014


Dallas Buyers Club

A fierce celebration of the unpredictable power that belongs to the outcast, the despised, the pariah. That’s not a story of the ‘80s, it’s a story of always.” ­–Salon
In 1985, Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof’s free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. Ostracized by his friends, he takes matters in his own hands, tracking down alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Oscar favorite Matthew McConaughey stars in a tale of renegades and outcasts who bond together in a transformative true-life tale of resilience and innovation. (U.S., 2013, 117m, DCP, FilmDistrict)

January-March 2014

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Nymphomaniac, Part 1

Lars von Trier at his best  … provocative, funny, smart, wry and challenging … a remarkable project brimming with bold and often thoughtful performances.” –Screen International
This wild and poetic epic by Lars von Trier (MELANCHOLIA, DOGVILLE) follows a tale of sexual insatiability), from birth to the age of 50, told by a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) to an old, charming bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who has found her beaten up in an alley. As he cares for her wounds, he listens intently as she tells the intensely layered story of a life of climax and obsession. With Shia La Boeuf, Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater and Jamie Bell.

April 2014

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The Singularity

The best documentary on the subject to date”Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
From the creator of the unforgettable documentary BUTTERFLY comes this open-eyed examination on nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and the human system. Doug Wolens interviews Ray Kurzweill, Bill McKibben, Alison Gopnick and many others in search of answers to the seemingly inevitable meshing of man and machine. (U.S., 2013, 76m, BluRay)

7:00p Sat, March 1 and 4:00p Sunday, March 2 only!! Director Doug Wolens in person!!

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When Comedy Went to School

“**** … Hilariously funny and delightfully nostalgic." –
Why are there so many Jewish comedians? In the 1970s, Jews represented 3 percent of the U.S. population, but 80 percent of professional comedians. Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank and Lawrence Richards travel to the Catskill Mountains, aka the Borscht Belt, where Jewish immigrants built a huge resort complex, a training ground for generations of young comedians. Featuring Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Robert Klein, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller, Larry King and a rich selection of archival performances from Danny Kaye, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Jerry Seinfeld. (U.S., 2013, 77m, DCP, International Film Circuit)

October 2013

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Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

We see moments of bravery, selflessness, comedy, warmth, pettiness, obliviousness, enlightenment, self-awareness, lack thereof, basically all the things that supposedly make reality TV enjoyable. Only this is reality that doesn’t make you hate yourself. It’s reality TV for the soul.”Corvalis Advocate
Take a journey with six strangers, ages 3 to 73, from around the world as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot, with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves. (U.S., 2013, 84m, DCP)

March-April 2014

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Science On Screen: PANIC IN THE STREETS with Ben Althouse

Presented by Santa Fe Institute
Elia Kazan's 1950s film noir follows a U.S. Public Health Service agent and a police detective as they race through the streets of New Orleans to prevent an outbreak of pneumonic plague. The movie, filmed entirely on location in New Orleans, won an Oscar for best writing and launched the genre of outbreak movies. Biologist and Epidemiologist Ben Althouse, an SFI Omidyar Fellow, will use this film as a backdrop to examine the history of public health response to infectious disease.

7:00p Monday, March 31 - $10, $8 for CCA and SFI Members!

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The Past

A mesmerically assured piece of filmmaking.” –Daily Telegraph
Writer-director Asghar Farhadi follows his Oscar-winning A SEPARATION with the story of the Iranian Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa), who returns to Paris to finalize his divorce with Marie (Cannes best actress winner Bérénice Bejo, THE ARTIST) and awkwardly winds up sleeping in the chaotic house of Marie’s new boyfriend Samir, first becoming an observer of their relationship’s crises, and then a conflicted participant in them. All three sympathetically yearn to turn a new page and start afresh, and yet discover their destinies inexorably shaped by their past moral choices and emotional commitments. With Bergman-like mastery, Farhadi creates intricate mystery and devastating emotion out of a prosaic domestic situation. (Iran, 2013, 130m)

February-March 2014

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The Great Beauty

“An outlandishly entertaining hallucination” New York Times
With echoes of Fellini, Italy’s Oscar submission follows writer Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) a permanent fixture in Rome's social circles since the legendary success of his only novel. Having seduced his way through the city's lavish night life for decades, his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past. Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in its absurd, exquisite beauty. Paolo Sorrentino (IL DIVO) returns with another unforgettable tale. (Italy, 2013, 182m, DCP)

January - April 2014

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Tim's Vermeer

Most of us live on food and water. The inventor Tim Jenison seems fueled by insatiable curiosity. He begins to wonder: How could the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer create such photorealistic works? Did he have help from mirrors? If so, could a regular Joe (or Tim), without any training, make a beautiful painting? His a deep, myopic dive into optics and art is recorded by the legendary Penn Jilette (who produces) and Teller (who directs), who capture a quixotic journey ending with irrepressible oohs and aahs. TIM’S VERMEER simultaneously serves as a riveting personal journey, an inspiring exploration of creativity and a provocative “what is art” argument. It’s also the most fun than you’ll have watching a documentary this year. (U.S., 2013, 80m)

March-April 2014


Pig Death Machine

Winner of "The Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 20th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival 2013
After eating undercooked, parasite-laden, pink piggy, a brainless hottie is transformed into a dangerous genius, while across town, a punky-buxom-botanist-babe eats the same meaty treat and ends up endowed with the supernatural ability to "hear" her specimens. PIG DEATH MACHINE, the award-winning feature by local legends Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis, is a sci-fi/psychological horror/screwball ride of chaotic, day-glo fever dreams and glitter-dusted nightmares, shot in the stunning wilds of New Mexico and featuring the music of Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, and industrial legend Monte Cazazza. (U.S., 2013, digital video, 93m)

9:15p Friday-Sunday, December 6-8 only! With Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis in person! Preceded by the short film MOMMY MOMMY WHERE'S MY BRAIN!

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Winner, Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing, Israeli Oscars
A Palestinan teenager lives in the shadow of his brother, a resistance hero in the fight against Israeli occupation. But he also has been brought on as an “asset” by a clever but conflicted Israeli secret-service agent with whom he has seemingly developed a father-son friendship. Yuval Adler cowrote his debut with Arab journalist Ali Vakad, who spent years researching the crisis, and it works as a tense cat-and-mouse thriller, using sharp focus to show how both sides in this endless war use ruthless means to achieve their goals. But Adler also reveals another tragedy: the perpetual atmosphere of fear, paranoia and mistrust that forces everyone to question the loyalty of their own comrades and family. (Israel, 2013, 100m)

March 2014

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Two Lives

A film of multiple layers and multiple mysteries … an utterly fantastical story rendered utterly plausible, and gripping.“IndieWire
Germany’s Oscar submission, this too-strange-to-be-true historical drama stars the great Liv Ullmann in a tale of a woman pulled back into a wartime era when children were taken from their families. It’s an unforgettable tale of compromised morals, reconciliation and continuous twists. (Germany, 2013, 97m, DCP, IFC Films)

March 2014

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Santa Fe Opera presents


“Exemplary … this deeply moving Wilde is likely to remain the definitive screen treatment of Oscar Wilde for years to come.” –L.A. Times
Oscar Wilde, a brilliant, witty, incisive writer, remains one of literature’s best known icons. But his personal struggles are somewhat less familiar. Brian Gilbert, adapting Richard Ellmann’s Pulitzer-winning biography, begins with Wilde (the uncanny Stephen Fry) as a loving family husband and father carrying his homosexuality as a dark secret. After he begins a hidden love life (including with Alfred Lord Douglas, played by Jude Law), Wilde becomes increasingly at war with himself … and the Crown. (U.K., 1998, 117m, 35mm, Sony Pictures Classics)

FREE SCREENING! 7:00p Wednesday, June 5 - First come first served seating

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Ernest & Celestine

"A wonder! From start to end the film overflows with humor, poetry, music and tenderness." –Le Figaro
Deep below cobblestone streets, in networks of winding tunnels, a civilization of hardworking mice survive, terrified of the bears living above ground. But not, Celestine, an artist and a dreamer who, after nearly being eating by the singing bear Ernest, strikes up a friendship that challenges the social norms. This gorgeous tale, with references to Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and Bonnie & Clyde, won Best Animated Film at France’s Oscar awards, and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright. (France, 2012, 80m, DCP ,GKids)

April 2014

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The Harder They Come

Presented by the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival!
“The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical … combined blaxploitation fantasies with developing-world realities and in the process, brought reggae music to the world.”
–Village Voice

Jamaica’s first feature, this classic, difficult to see on the big screen since its release, starts the brilliant Jimmy Cliff as reggae singer who travels to the big city in search of fame and fortune, only to find himself fighting for survival amidst gangs, corrupt music execs and drug dealers. Newly restored, and featuring many of Cliff’s best-known hits, this is a memorable trip through time. (Jamaica, 1973/2013, DCP, 104 minutes)

8:00p Tuesday, September 10 ONLY!!

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Atomic Surplus: Atomic Cafe with Lois Rudnick

CCA’s resident scholar and force of nature Lois Rudnick presents one of her favorite films, a collage of commercials, declassified footage, speeches and marketing materials created by the U.S. government to help allay the public’s fears of nuclear war. Based on five years of archival research, this film by Jayne Loader and Kevin and Pierce Rafferty represents a funny, disturbing and eye-opening look at the selling of a new age. (U.S., 1982, 86m)

7:00p Tuesday, December 3

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Mistaken for Strangers

Defies every preconception … the best documentary we’ve seen all year.” –New York Observer
In 2010, the rock band The National released their fifth album, High Violet, and about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to be a part of their tour crew. A budding filmmaker and horror movie enthusiast still living with Mom and Dad, Tom brings along his camera to film the experience. Is he up to the task? The result: “perhaps the best movie about a band I’ve ever seen” –Michael Moore. (U.S., 2013, 75m, DCP, Abramorama)

April 2014

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents

Being Jewish in France, Part 1

“Richly detailed, highly absorbing.” –Chicago Reader
Yves Jeuland’s masterful, sweeping documentary explores the rich and complex history of Jews in France, the first country to grant Jews citizenship. Beginning with Revolutionary cries of Vive la France in Yiddish, the film explores the explosive Dreyfus Affair, the Vichy government’s collaboration with the Nazis, and the absorption of Sephardic Jews from Arab countries in the decades after WWII. Being Jewish in France confidently continues into the 21st century, investigating charges of rising antisemitism and the county’s complex attitudes toward Israel.
Optional croissant and espresso brunch will begin at 11:15a, at an additional cost.
Advance purchase tickets available now at or by calling 505-216-0672.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, February 23
11:15a - Optional croissant and espresso brunch
12:00p - Film begins SOLD OUT
7:00P Tuesday, Feb 25 tickets available now at or by calling 505-216-0672.

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Santa Fe International Folk Art Market presents:


Central Station

A richly tender and moving experience … Salles, like De Sica and Renoir, displays a pure and unpatronizing feel for the poetry of broken lives. His movie is really about that most everyday of miracles: the rebirth of hope.” –Entertainment Weekly
In Rio, the callous Dora (the legendary Fernanda Montenegro, nominated for an Oscar) writes letters for a parade of the poor and the illiterate. After hearing the story of a recently orphaned nine-year-old boy, she decides to take him on a search through the countryside for his father. In this Golden Globe-winning road movie, Walter Salles (MOTORCYCLE DIARIES, ON THE ROAD) shows us the peoples and cultures of Brazil—both traditional and modern—as you’ve never seen them, and celebrates our potential for rebirth. (Brazil, 1998, 113m, 35mm print courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

7:00p Wednesday, June 12
Tickets: $12, no passes

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UNM Dept of Psychiatry IDEAS program presents:

The Truth About Gun Violence and Mental Illness

A presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Swanson
Can we predict public shootings before they happen? Is there a correlation between gun violence and mental illness? How do we balance individual rights and public safety? The UNM Dept. of Psychiatry IDEAS program presents Dr. Jeffrey Swanson, a national expert on mental health law and policy studies from Duke University, to discuss his research on these important questions. Dr. Swanson, is a popular speaker and expert resource for the media and policy makers, is a medical sociologist with additional expertise in psychiatric epidemiology and mental health services effectiveness research.

6:00p Wednesday, February 26 - FREE public presentation, to register or for more information: or call 505.272.3592. Seating is open, first come first served.

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Perfect Sisters

True story thriller starring Abigail Breslin. Georgie Henley and Mira Sorvino. On January 18, 2003, police, alerted by a frantic 911 call from a distraught pair of teenage girls, arrived at the girls Toronto area town house to find their mother dead. It appeared the 44-year-old alcoholic, having slipped into a booze-and-pill stupor, drowned in her own bathwater. The death was ruled accidental by the authorities. In the months that followed, however, police were alerted to rumors and reports that the teenagers had been gossiping to friends about the accident. Police began piecing together rumors that suggested the teens might have had a hand in their mother's death. In fact, rather than an accident, the story that emerged portrayed the two teens as cold-blooded, premeditated killers. (U.S., 2013, 98m, BluRay)

1:30p Thursday, March 6 only!

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If You Build It

“Inspiring … uplifting … celebrates just how much design can accomplish.” Architectural Record
It’s one of America's most innovative classrooms, in one of the nation’s most impoverished towns. A group of high school students, under the tutelage of two innovative design-builders, learn to create their own structures, and then embark upon a building for the entire town. But it won’t be easy: resistance from the school board, racial tension and a series of natural disasters turn a goodwill project into a test of wills. Patrick Creadon (WORDPLAY, I.O.U.S.A) has created an indelible portrait of the importance of design and the power of perseverance. (U.S., 2013, Long Shot Factory, 84m)

March 2014



“A marvelously mystifying riff … a slow-burning metaphysical thriller that stays one step ahead of its audience … a mix of Franz Kafka and The Twilight Zone.” – Screen International
While watching a movie, Adam, a glum history professor, spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Jake Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, with strong support from Isabella Rossellini and Mélanie Laurent, in this film by five-time Canadian Oscar winner Denis Villeneuve (INCENDIES, PRISONERS). (Canada-U.S., 2013, 90m, DCP, TWC-Radius)

March-April 2014

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The Face of Love

Strangely compelling … an achingly sincere romantic drama.” –Variety
Several years after the loss of her husband, Nikki (Annette Bening) sees Tom (Ed Harris), an artist who looks exactly like her dearly departed. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush back to her: she's met the love of her life. Again. This oddball and yet completely romantic story s filled with surprise and poignancy, and Robin Williams as Nikki's confidante and would-be lover. (U.S., 2013, 92m, DCP, IFC Films)

March-April 2014


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Santa Fe Institute’s Science on Screen:
Simon DeDeo presents Sneakers

Robert Redford, Sidney Poitier and Ben Kingsley headline an all-star cast in this hacker version of Ocean’s 11, in which a team of computer security experts are recruited to steal a very powerful little box. Astrophysicist and mathematician Simon DeDeo shares his knowledge of the history of hacking to put this cult film in perspective. (U.S., 1992, 126m, 35mm)

7:00pm Wednesday, May 8, 2013


The Art of the Steal

“A brisk and twisty heist film … that seems like it actually cares about the art's merit … Enjoyable.” Hollywood Reporter
After Crunch (Kurt Russell), a motorcycle daredevil  and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to pull off just one more heist with his brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), one twist leads to another, and the two brothers realize: You should never trust a thief. With Terence Stamp. (Canada, 2013, 90m, Radius, DCP) 

March 2014

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The Tightrope: A Theatrical Adventure with Peter Brook

“It’s difficult to imagine any living actor who wouldn’t want to see Simon Brook’s compact and inspiring doc … a seamless, up-close-and-personal parcel that unspools like a breezy masterclass.” ­Screen International
For the very first time in 40 years, Peter Brook, one of the major directors of contemporary theatre, has agreed to raise the curtain, allow his son Simon Brook to film behind the scenes and to reveal the secrets of his approach. This deeply personal film takes us beyond the intimacy of a workshop, into a philosophical experience, on a tightrope. (France-Italy, 2012, 86m, BluRay, First Run Features)

February 2014

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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2013

Year-round programming, filmmakers from around the globe, awards galas, celebrity guests and spectacular parties erupt into the main event this October. The fest that brought the N.M. premiere of “Bless Me Ultima” introduced by Rudolfo Anaya is back for it’s fifth installment.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Fest begins October 16 and comes to a close October 20th, presenting 5 days and nights of films, panels and parties in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. Over 75 films, five days and nights of parties and community events, awards gala, Native American fashion show, educational panels and discussions, youth programming, the hottest indie films of 2013, documentary programming highlighting social justice, environmental justice, LGBT, and the culinary arts and much more...

October 16-20, 2013
For more info go to or (505) 349-1414 

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents

The Matchmaker

Israeli Academy Award winner, The Matchmaker, is a bittersweet coming of age story that film shines its lens on a stratum of society largely invisible to the outside. Israeli actor, Eyal Shechter, who has a role in the film, will be in attendance at this screening.

7:30p Tuesday, November 19

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Santa Fe JIN presents 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, DCP, recommended for all ages)

March 2014

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The Santa Fe Opera presents

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Celebrate the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s opera OSCAR with this series of films, inspired by Wilde’s most beloved works!
Among the many film adaptations, this 1945 MGM version is without a doubt the best … a classic slice of cinema.”

Albert Lewin’s legendary macabre adaptation—winner of the best cinematography Oscar, and Golden Globes for best drama and best supporting actress—follows a wealthy man (Hurd Hatfield) who falls in with a glamorous hedonist (George Sanders). An ill-fated wish stops his aging process, and he turns into a man whose outer beauty hides a hideous soul. (U.K., 1945, 107m, 35mm, print courtesy of Park Circus)

7:00p Wednesday, May 1

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SOMM + Champagne Ruinart tasting!

Proudly presented by Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival! 
Four men will do anything to pass the most difficult test you've never heard of: the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world's most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations, with just 200 inductees over the past 40 years. All are experts in every nuance of wine, spirits and cigars, and passage means the ultimate dedication. Jason Wise unveils the secrets of a society that has never before allowed cameras. Free popcorn and an introduction by Master Sommeliers. (U.S., 93m, 2013)

10:30p Wednesday, September 25

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IDEAS in Psychiatry presents

Maria A. Oquendo - Suicide: Risk Factors and

Strategies for Prevention

This is a FREE lecture and presentation to the public
The UNM Dept. of Psychiatry presents Dr. Maria A. Oquendo from Columbia University to discuss suicide and her research related to risk factors and minority populations. Dr. Oquendo's expertise includes bipolar disorder and major depression, with a special emphasis on suicidal behavior and cross cultural psychiatry. Her recent honors include two Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Research Award. For more information or to register: or call 505.272.8879 (Albuquerque) 

6:00p Friday, October 11

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Santa Fe International Folk Art Market presents:


The Story of Qiu Ju

Mr. Zhang's keen and universal view of human nature raises his work far above its own visual beauty and into the realm of timeless storytelling.”New York Times
Zhang Yimou, China’s greatest living filmmaker, tells the story of a young village woman (the radiant Gong Li) living in traditional ways. After her husband is insulted by a local official, she travels to the big city in search of justice, navigating the baffling modern world. Zhang has created one of the most striking films about the challenges of contemporary China, featuring a keen sense of its rhythms and landscapes and providing a miraculous balance of the absurd and the poignant. (China, 1992, 100m, 35mm print courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

7:00p Wednesday, May 15
Tickets: $12, no passes

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“A cracking good melodrama … its propulsively suspenseful pace (makes it) the cinematic equivalent of an engrossing page-turner you might purchase off the rack at an airport newsstand.” –Variety
The latest from Oscar winner Costa-Gavras, the legendary radical filmmaker of Z, STATE OF SIEGE and MISSING, follows a hot-shot young banker who finds himself at the head of an enormous multinational investment bank. Ruthless, manipulative but charismatically self-aware, Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) finds himself at risk when an American hedge-fund operator (Gabriel Byrne) demonstrates the thin loyalties in the world of high-stakes greed. (France, 2012, 114m, DCP)

November 2013


The Patience Stone

“A powerful, hypnotic, often remarkable film … the flesh-and-blood lead performance by Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as a profoundly conflicted Muslim wife and mother is superb.” –LA Times
A young woman (the amazing Golshifteh Farahani) watches over her older husband, dying from a bullet in the neck. After years of being voiceless, she begins to speak truth to her silent husband, telling him about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, desires, and secrets, saying things she could never have spoken before. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Atiq Rahimi, with the legendary Jean-Claude Carrière, this is a remarkably deep, dark tale of oppression, truth-telling and liberation, set in the Afghan war but carrying universal relevance. (France-Afghanistan, 2013, 102m, DCP, Sony Pictures Classics)

October 2013

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The Act of Killing

“The best, and the most horrific, movie of this year's Toronto film festival … every frame is astonishing.” –Guardian
Imagine if the Nazis had won, and, years later, made action movies bragging about those they killed. Visiting terrain few filmmakers would dare visit, Santa Fe native Joshua Oppenheimer invites boastful Indonesian thugs—whose party still rules the country—to celebrate their massacres and executions in lavish recreations. We come face to face with the psychology of murder, torture, rape and intimidation in a way that nothing in the cinema or literature of genocide has come close to touching. It is impossible to not be shocked, dazzled, incredulous and utterly changed. To quote Werner Herzog: “I have not come across a documentary as powerful, surreal, and frightening in a decade.” Executive produced by Errol Morris. (JS)

Sneak preview 7:00p Tuesday, July 23 - Director Joshua Oppenheimer in person!! $12/no passes RARE DIRECTOR’S CUT SCREENING!! - SOLD OUT!!! Regular screenings begin August 9

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2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film!
The closest thing to a masterpiece that I’ve seen so far here in Cannes.” –
David Fear, Time Out New York

Can cheesy TV commercials dethrone one of the world’s most brutal dictators? In 1988, as Chilean voters prepare to head to the polls to vote on the future of the brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet, an opportunistic ad exec (Gael García Bernal) is asked to mastermind a media campaign against Pinochet. His glitzy, pop-driven pieces, with their catchy jingles, drive both the opposition and the anti-Pinochet hardliners nearly beserk. Shot on 80s-era equipment by Pablo Larrain (POST MORTEM, TONY MANERO) this prizewinner at Cannes paints a vivid, funny depiction of true-life heroism, showing how crisis can elevate even the most unexpected of us to be our best selves. (Chile, 2012, 117m, 35mm, Sony Pictures Classics)

April-May 2013

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SITE Santa Fe: Virginia Dwan presents Cage on Cage: An Interview

Conceived and produced by Virginia Dwan and directed by Barry Harris, CAGE ON CAGE: AN INTERVIEW was filmed in 1982 immediately following a reading by John Cage of his radio play James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Eric Satie: An Alphabet. This extraordinary interview provides rare and intimate access to the attitudes, philosophy and political mind of John Cage. (U.S., 1982, 67m, video)

7:00p Monday, July 22 - Free, call 982-1338 for reservations

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Santa Fe Pro Musica presents a special event with A LATE QUARTET

"Deeply moving ... shows us how music can utterly transport us to another place." –Seattle Times

In honor of the Brentano Quartet's visit to Santa Fe, we'll present this story of a beloved string quartet that receives a shock, opening the floodgates to suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions. Can their shared love of music and performance save them on the eve of their 25th anniversary concert? Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, A LATE QUARTET stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Anne Sofie von Otter and Wallace Shawn, with music performed by the Brentano Quartet.
Advanced Tickets are highly reccomended by calling 982-1338, or click here. 

Visit or call 988-4640 for tickets and information about the Brentano String Quartet concert sponsored by Santa Fe Pro Musica on Friday, March 1.

5:45p Thursday, February 28 only!

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Atomic Surplus presents Santa Fe Institute's Science On Screen

Dr. Strangelove

“The best political satire of the century.” –Roger Ebert
A psychotic Air Force General unleashes what seems like an irrevocable scheme sending bombers to attack Russia. Can the U.S. President and Soviet Premier work together to save the world? Stanley Kubrick’s deeply cynical, remarkably rich and horribly funny film defined the Atomic Age for a generation. Sterling Hayden, Peter Sellers (in three roles) George C. Scott and Slim Pickens star in a film consistently rated one of the best of all time. Presented by Clio Andris, a post-doctoral fellow at Santa Fe Institute and urban studies expert. (U.S., 1963, 94m)

7:00p Monday, October 28 - $10 Gen. admission/$8 for CCA or SFI Members

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Journey to the West

“A glorious return to form …  a thoroughly entertaining action comedy.” –Screen Daily
In a world plagued by demons and the unspeakable suffering they cause, a novice demon hunter, fearlessly guided by altruism, conquers three demons, including of all demons, melts them with love, turns them into disciples and takes them on a quest for a Greater Love. The latest from Stephen Chow (KUNG FU HUSTLE, SHAOLIN SOCCER) is the biggest Chinese film in Chinese history. (Hong Kong, 2012, 110m, DCP, Magnolia Pictures)

March 2014

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Santa Fe Institute, CCA, & The Lensic present:

Science on Screen at the Lensic - PARTICLE FEVER

With director Mark Levinson, Santa Fe Institute physicist Geoffrey West (one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Important People) and Valerie Plame! A fundraiser for the CCA Cinematheque!
Physicist-turned filmmaker Mark Levinson turns his cameras on the Large Hadron Collider, the largest science experiment in history—a 17-mile long tunnel on the French-Swiss border, designed and operated by 10,000 scientists and engineers from 150 countries to replicate the instant after the Big Bang. It will teach us about the atom...and life itself. With the plenty of thrills, wonderfully easy to-grasp graphics and fantastic subjects, this film explains and makes exciting the complex matters at hand.

7:00p Tuesday, February 11 at the Lensic! Click Here for Tickets!!!


Science On Screen: The Road presented by Ole Peters

“A haunting portrait of America … carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.” –Rolling Stone
Cormac McCarthy’s heart-wrenching post-apocalyptic tale is translated to the screen in unforgettable fashion. Viggo Mortenson, Charlize Theron and Kodi Smit-McPhee play members of a family in a world where survival can be the only goal. Preceded by a presentation by Ole Peters, an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute Fellow and Fellow at the London Mathematical Lab, who will discuss issues of time, possibility and alternate realities. (U.S., 2009, 111m, DCP)

7:00p Tuesday, January 21

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New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding presents

An Evening with Will Grant!

American Cowboy and Santa Fe author Will Grant joins us to recount his attempt to win the Mongol Derby, a 1,000-kilometer journey across the majestic grasslands of central Asia on the backs of the same ponies that carried Genghis Khan and his hordes to war. This is a benefit to help supplement food costs for the horses at the NM Therapeutic Riding Center.

5:00p Thursday July 18, with a reception prior to the presentation! $25 suggested donation. 

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The Source Family

It was Hollywood’s favorite commune. The Source Family ran a restaurant popular with celebrities, created a rock band and lured an endless stream of beautiful women. But the controversial ideas of Father Yod, their spiritual leader, helped send them into exile. Years later, filmmakers Jodi Wille and Maria Demopoulos revisit the group, weaving together interviews, archival music and film and original music to tell a mysterious, unexpected and sometimes shocking tale of one of America’s most infamous utopian experiments. (U.S., 2012, 98m, digital video)

May 2013

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Better Living Through Chemistry

A mousy small town pharmacist (Sam Rockwell) meets a glamorous, seductive, pill-popping trophy wife (Olivia Wilde) who turns him into a dealer … and finds himself exhilarated and emboldened. This wildly funny black comedy follows a series of schemes that go increasingly out-of-control. With Jane Fonda, Ray Liotta and Michelle Monaghan. (U.S., 2014, 90m, DCP, IDP)

March 2014

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Just Like A Woman

The three-time Oscar-nominated director Rachid Bouchareb takes a trip to New Mexico for this tale of two women on the road. Sienna Miller plays a woman who leaves her cheating husband to pursue a secret passion for belly dancing. After she connects with the Arab immigrant (Golshifteh Farahani) on the run from a tragedy, the two embark upon a THELMA AND LOUISE-style adventure, punctuated by belly dancing and self-discovery. (France-U.S., 2013, 90m, digital video)

July 2013