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Upcoming Films

Lady Bird

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***** … filled with heart, smarts and the wry wisdom of distance … a sweet, deeply personal portrayal of female adolescence.” –Time Out

In order to show the world she’s not her mother’s daughter, a senior in a Catholic high school (Saoirse Ronan) takes the name Lady Bird. Her overworked and underpaid mom (Laurie Metcalf), the, can’t help but respond with her bitterly sharp tongue. The gifted actress Greta Gerwig (FRANCES HA, TO ROME WITH LOVE, JACKIE) makes her debut as a writer-director, coaxing superb performances that show the mother and daughter’s comic fury and mutual misrecognition. The wonderful Lois Smith and Tracy Letts provide superb accompaniment in a passionate, convincingly nostalgic work. (U.S, 2017, 93m)

Starts November 22 

Félicité

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Skype with Alain Gomis

Dazzling … a portrait of Kinshasa’s vibrant music scene … a winning package” –The Guardian

The proud, free-willed singer Félicité, from the Congo, leaves the world behind every time she sets foot on a bar stage. But one day Félicité’s son is involved in a terrible motorcycle accident, and she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa— a world of music and dreams—with the help of her fan Tabu … Alain Gomis’s film, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Berlin, is a stunning, music-filled exploration of contemporary urban AFrica. ( France / Belgium / Senegal / Germany / Lebanon, 2017, 123m, Strand Releasing)

Starts December 1 

A Day With(out) Art: Alternative Endings, Radical Beginnings

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FREE

Visual AIDS' 28th Day With(out) Art video program includes seven films, by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gosset, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona McClodden and Brontez Purnell, that explore the Black experience in the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. In 2016, African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. The films include intimate meditations of a young HIV positive protagonist, a contemporary re-imagining of 90s-era “safer sex” media culture, a musical journey through New York and an account from formerly incarcerated women living with HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area.

11a Saturday, December 2

The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents Song of Songs

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A beguiling excursion ... delicately rendered” –Variety

1905. A Jewish shtetl. Shimek and Buzya, two 10-year-olds imagine themselves a princess and a prince. They live in the same yard, in neighboring palaces. What Buzya really means to him, Shimek begins to understand only years later when, far away from home, he receives the news that Buzya is about to be married. Award-winning Ukranian director Eva Neymann translates Sholem Aleichem’s words into a lyrical portrait that leisurely unfolds on the screen. Advance tickets available at www.SantaFeJFF.org or call 505.265.0672.

11a Sunday December 3

The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival presents Intimate Grammar

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Nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards!

Poignant” –Variety

INTIMATE GRAMMAR is an inner journey rich in detailed observation. Based on Israeli author David Grossman's THE BOOK OF INTIMATE GRAMMAR, the film follows the young Aharon Kleinfeld as he strives to survive a domineering mother, an anti-intellectual father and his own diminutive stature. Israeli Academy Award-winning director Nir Bergman, who also wrote the screenplay, joins us via Skype to discuss the challenges of bringing Grossman’s novel to the screen. Advance tickets: www.SantaFeJFF.org or call 505.216.0672

11a Sunday, December 10