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Upcoming Films

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents Foxtrot

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… (a) gorgeous piece of work …” –RogerEbert.com

Denounced by Israel’s Minister of Culture and acclaimed by the critics, Samuel Moaz’s FOXTROT blends of realism with surrealism pack a powerful punch, telling the story of mourning against the backdrop of two generations traumatized by Israeli military service. Remarkably honest, it’s another example of the soul-searching underway in Israeli cinema. Winner, Silver Lion Award and Best Film Award, Venice Film Festival. Tickets at www.SantaFeJFF.org and 505.216.0672.

11a, Sunday, February 18

Faces Places

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Oscar nominee, Best Documentary

Magnificently moving, funny, life-affirming, and altogether wonderful an absolutely essential farewell.” –IndieWire

The 89-year-old Agnes Varda, a key member of the French New Wave, is our greatest portraitist of people who live on the fringes of society. JR is a wildly popular 30something French street artist specializing in large-scale photographs. Together, they head into the French heartland, making pictures and asking questions of a goat-herder, a waitress, a postman, workers at a factor, creating a delightfully improvisational and whimsical tale of the working class, the power of art and of a growing friendship between two artists separated by five decades, one of whom is contemplating the end of her years. Winner, Best Documentary, Cannes Film Festival. (France, 2017, 89m)

Starts February 22

Call Me By Your Name

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Oscar nominee

At once light, joyful and emotionally devastating, with deeply affecting central performances. A full-hearted romantic masterpiece.” –Empire

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. Luca Guadagnino’s film features a screenplay adapted by James Ivory from Andre Aciman’s famed novel. (Italy, 2017, 132m)

Starts February 23

Western

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"There are no stagecoaches or six-shooters in this sharp, simmering drama of German-Bulgarian discord, but the spirit of John Ford graces it." –Variety

In Valeska Grisbach’s intense, slow-burning thriller—a winner of 10 international festival awards—a group of German construction workers installing a hydroelectric plant in remote rural Bulgaria find their sense of adventure awakening. But when one begins mixing with the local villagers, the stage seems to be set for a showdown. (Germany/Bulgaria/Austria, 2017, 120m, Cinema Guild)

Starts February 23

24 Frames

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**** … A posthumous marvel … gorgeous and enigmatic. Watching it is akin to opening a series of nesting dolls, or leafing through a book of dreams.” –Guardian

For what would prove to be his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami gave himself a challenge: to bridge his two art forms, cinema and photography. 24 FRAMES reconstructs the moments immediately before and after a photograph is taken, using 24 still images and digitally animating them into quietly moving short vignettes, studies in the passage of time and in the shifting of our own perceptions. It’s a elegiac farewell from one of cinema’s true masters. (Iran-France)

February 23 - 25

Concert for George Harrison

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The sweet, solemn music of George Harrison... has rarely sounded more majestic than in the sweeping performances of the enlarged star-studded band that gathered in London at Royal Albert Hall." –The New York Times

Celebrate George Harrison’s 75th birthday with a special theatrical event screening of CONCERT FOR GEORGE, produced by his family after his death and released in partnership with Apple Corp, the official Beatles label, and George Harrison’s estate. The concert features performances by Eric Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Monty Python, Ravi & Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and more. Presented in beautifully digitized form in full surround sound for the first time! (U.K., 2001/2018, 100m, Abramorama)

February 25 Only

A Fantastic Women

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***** … It may be a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one.” –The Guardian

Two lovers, Marina, a waitress and aspiring singer, and Orlando, who runs a small business, are planning for the future when Orlando suddenly falls ill. Suspected by Orlando’s family and the police, Marina, a trans woman, becomes an outcast. Sebastian Lelio’s rich and moving film follows as Marina struggles for the right to be herself, battling the forces of intolerance. (Chile, 2017, 104m, Sony Pictures Classics)

Starts March 2

The Young Karl Marx

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**** … an intense, fervent film about the early development of communism … absorbing and even gripping” –The Guardian

From the creator of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO comes the story of a 26-year-old writer, researcher and radical, with his wife Jenny, takes the road to exile. It’s the mid-1840s, amidst the explosive changes of the Industrial Revolution. When the Karl Marx meets Friedrich Engels, the well-to-do son of a factory owner obsessed with the exploitation of workers, a new vision of the world begins to take shape. And neither of the two men had yet reached the age of 30, and their manifesto was taking shape … (France-U.K., 2017, 118m)

Starts March 2

Humor Me

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It’s one of the best films of its kind, along with Albert Brooks’ MOTHER and IN HER SHOES, in which a floundering adult gets back on track with help from a senior-age parent (or grandparent). … smart, warm and authentic thanks to Clement’s enjoyably hangdog turn and Hoffman’s wonderfully incisive script.” –Los Angeles Times

A once-acclaimed New York playwright (Jemaine Clement), is struggling to finish his new play when his wife (Maria Dizzia) leaves him, taking their son. Desolate, broke and unable to pay the rent, Nate begrudgingly moves in with his widowed father (Elliott Gould), in his New Jersey retirement golf community who makes a joke of everything … and drives his son crazy. Sam Hoffman’s charming film explores the landscape of family with a sharp eye for the amusing, telling details. (U.S., 2017, 93m, Dada Films)

Starts March 9