“Simply one of the most beautiful and moving music documentaries I have ever seen. The behind-the-scenes Leonard snooping is both fascinating and hilarious.” –Telegraph
Famed documentarian Tony Palmer follows the legendary musician/songwriter/poet during his 1972 European concert tour, as he performs his classics—“Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,” “Chelsea Hotel,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “So Long, Marianne”—and reveals himself to be the most reluctant of folk-music heroes. Never before released, this is a startling portrait of a visionary of the counterculture era. (U.K., 1972, 103m)
Masters and Museums
Our Spring 2017 series
May 12-July 2, 2017
This new series reflects the CCA’s ongoing commitment to exploring art history and celebrating the artists, institutions and movements that have shaped the way we see the world. This series includes four new titles from the popular Exhibition on Screen series, two films from the Russian art specialist Margy Kinmonth, and a selection from Checkerboard Film Foundation, which has been documenting American artists for nearly 30 years.
Series passes: $52/$42 for CCA members
Tickets: $10.50 general / $9 seniors & students / $8.50 members / $7.50 members (seniors & students)
Starts May 12 - July 2
Perhaps the world’s favorite artist, Monet painted the picture that launched Impressionism and then kept on working. Using more than 2,500 of his letters, and shot on the locations of his most iconic works, Phil Grabsky’s film tells a gripping tale of a man that, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide, which alternated with humor and love of life. An Exhibition on Screen title. (U.K., 2017, 90m)
Starts May 26
May 20 - July 12
The CCA presents a seven-week series, featuring films from cinema’s greatest directors, all screened in best-available format
A celebration of the best of cinema’s past, The Auteurs series has become one of Santa Fe’s most popular film events. Past Auteurs series featured near-sold out shows for films by John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Jean Cocteau, Errol Morris, Ousmane Sembene, Luchino Visconti, Ingmar Bergman and Jean-Luc Godard.
The 2017 program is the most ambitious yet, with 11 programs, a photo exhibit and live music. The program two silent films with live, original scores from the legendary Austin ensemble The Invincible Czars, and continues the famed Marseilles trilogy by Marcel Pagnol, newly restored prints of Mizoguchi’s UGETSU, Wertmuller’s SEVEN BEAUTIES, Wiseman’s TITICUT FOLLIES and Tarkovsky’s STALKER, a photo exhibit celebrating John Cassavetes, with a rare screening of his masterwork LOVE STREAMS, and a rare screening of works by the Russian animator Yuri Norstein.
The programs will be introduced by film scholars and artists including Paul Barnes, Jason Silverman, Kirk Ellis and Tim Hunter, with others to be announced.
Starts May 20 - July 12
French writer-director Marcel Pagnol’s famed and timeless Marseilles trilogy—MARIUS (1931), FANNY (1932), and CÉSAR (1936)—follows the star-crossed romance of a barman’s son with the girl who sells shellfish in front of the bar. Marius runs off to sea, unknowingly leaving Fanny pregnant, bereft and in desperate need of a husband. The tight-knit waterfront community surrounding them includes the bar-owner César (incarnated by the matchless Raimu) and his card-playing buddies, including Panisse, the aging well-to-do ship’s chandler who marries Fanny. Shown in newly restored digital form.
Saturday-Monday May 27-29
Marius and Fanny, two young shopkeepers on the harbor front of Marseille, always seemed destined to marry, but Marius cannot overcome his urge to break free and voyage on the open sea. His father, César, is oblivious to the crisis, as is Honoré Panisse, the aged widower who is also vying for Fanny’s hand—until Fanny, knowing Marius’s happiness lies in the balance, changes their lives forever. (d. Alexander Korda, France, 1931, 120m)
11:30a Friday, May 26, 9:30a Monday, May 29
Picking up moments after the end of Marius, this film follows Fanny’s grief after Marius’s departure—and her realization that she’s pregnant. Panisse continues courting her and embraces the baby’s impending arrival as a gift, so long as its paternity remains a secret. Fanny and Panisse wed, but after her baby’s birth, Marius returns unexpectedly and demands what he believes is still his. (d. Marc Allégret, France, 1932, 127m)
11:30a Friday, May 27, 11:45a Monday, May 29
Twenty years have passed: Fanny’s son, Césariot, is in a military academy, and Panisse is on his deathbed, where the local priest demands that he tell his son about his biological father. Panisse refuses and dies; Fanny then divulges the secret, sending Césariot on a search for his own identity and for Marius, whose life has been fraught with calamity and poverty. Now free to follow her love, Fanny seeks out Marius as well, and with César’s help resolves their star-crossed destinies. (d. Marcel Pagnol, France, 1936, 141m)
11:30a Friday, May 28, 2:15p Monday, May 29
Followed by panel discussion! Free popcorn!
The rate of women who are childless by choice has increased 100% over the past 45 years. This film by Santa Fe’s Barbara Bentree is a film conversation between five women, ranging in age from mid-40s to mid-60s, who made the choice not to have children. Their candid conversation explores the surprising reasons why they made their decision and stimulates deep reflection for women (and men) of childbearing age and beyond. The film provides an important forum for discussing the many questions and consequences of creating a life without children.
7:30p Wednesday May 24
“An unflinching look at conjugal rift … could seriously resonate with middle-aged moviegoers — especially women — starved for smart, personal stories.” –Variety
To most of the world, Howard Wakefield (Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston), a New York City lawyer, disappears one day, without a trace. But he is in hiding, in the attic of his home, spying on his lovely, devoted wife (Jennifer Garner) and ruminating on the meaning of life. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord adapts E.L. Doctorow’s short story into a tour-de-force exploration of suburban malaise and male ineptitude, anchored by a legendary performance by Cranston. (U.S., 2016, XXm)
Starts May 26
"The first two hours is a great rock doc. The next two are the most exuberant and heartbreaking profile of fame I've ever seen.” –Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair
Martin Scorsese presents this story of the Grateful Dead, the ultimate counterculture band, who emerged from the San Francisco scene with a blend of bluegrass, folk and improvisation. In an age of drug-fueled experimentation, the band cultivated a fan base willing to travel to new realms of experience. Director Amir Bar-Lev (MY KID COULD PAINT THAT) draws from an unbelievable treasure trove of largely unseen materials, including an interview with Jerry Garcia, to create a tapestry of the era’s most unlikely rock heroes. (U.S., 2017, 235m)
Long Strange Trip: $25 via the Lensic box office, 505-988-1234, www.lensic.org
6p Wednesday May 31
“**** … laugh-out-loud funny … exceptionally tight, often hilarious …” –Willamette Week
Every day, editorial obituary writers set out to capture the essence of the lives of the newly deceased. The small team at The New York Times approach their work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair, knowing that what they write will likely become etched into history. Vanessa Gould’s film follows these writers as they ask the same deep questions we ask ourselves: What do we choose to remember? What should never die? (U.S., 2016, 95m)
Starts June 2
“A terrific comedy-drama boasting a deliriously loquacious script” –Variety
Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she's on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. Paolo Virzì's new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse--the world of sane people. (Italy, 2016, 118m)
Starts June 2
"A rare, honest, and compelling glimpse into the life of a legendary chef.” –New York Magazine
One of the most controversial and influential figures in American gastronomy, Tower became a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement while at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley, launched the legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco and, after becoming an international superstar, mysteriously walked off, disappearing for nearly 20 years. Then, he resurfaced at New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green, with all eyes on him. This delicious doc features Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, helping tell the story of a brash, unyielding legendy of the culinary arts. (U.S., 2016, 120m, The Orchard)
Starts June 9
“A gentle human comedy.” The New York Times
The critics agree, this standout feature film at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival is not to be missed. Filmed in the heart of one of New York's ultra-Orthodox communities, MENASHE is the story of a father struggling to keep custody of his son. Filmed in Yiddish (with English subtitles) and loosely based on the real life of the main character, MENASHE is a unique look into an otherwise closed world. It is a tender film of love and faith and the struggle to balance both.
Tickets at www.SantaFeJFF.org, 505.216.0672 or at CCA
5:00 PM, Wednesday, June 14 at CCA
“One of the sexiest and most joyful road movies in some time … the care and love that Coppola renders the food scenes will have one booking a flight right to the South of France.” –The Film Stage
Emmy Award-winning Eleanor Coppola’s first dramatic feature—shot at the age of 80—stars Oscar-nominated Diane Lane as Anne, the wife of a neglectful Hollywood producer (Alec Baldwin) who reluctantly takes a trip through France. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humour, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life. (U.S., 2016, 92m, Sony Pictures Classics)
Starts June 16