Upcoming Films

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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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Son of a Gun

“Terrific, taut, tense, balls-to-the-wall action heist film … Tough-minded and gutsy at every turn.” –3aw

A rookie criminal (Brenton Thwaites) makes a deal with a pro (Ewan McGregor), and is pulled into a dangerous world of high-stakes crime, including a major heist. But who can he trust? This wild first feature from the Cannes-winning short film director Julius Avery is a wild genre film that signals a great new talent from Australia. (Australia, 2014, 108m, A24, DCP)

Starts January 23

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival:

The Dybbuk

One of the 10 best Jewish films” –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“The Dybbuk” is a heart-wrenching tale of betrayed love and greed, set in a 19th century shtetl (small Jewish town) in the Pale of Settlement. It is a world permeated by spiritual and mystical beliefs and practices that include bridegrooms who wear burial shrouds under their wedding coats, dances of life and death that are intertwined on wedding days, and a wandering or evil spirit (dybbuk) that enters the body of the living and that only can be removed through exorcism. The film will be presented in Yiddish with English subtitles.
Professor Emerita Lois Rudnick joins us for the pre-film talk and post-film discussion, revealing aspects of the film that uncover new meaning.
Film tickets available at CCA and at www.SantaFeJFF.org . For tickets for the film and optional post-film discussion, visit www.SantaFeJFF.org.

Sunday January 25th!

10:30a - Pre-film talk with Coffee
11:00a - Film screening
1:00p - Oprional post-film discussion & brown bag lunch (extra charge)

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Songs Of The Sea

Oscar® Nominee - Best Animated Feature

“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)

New Date! Starts January 30

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The Match

Patrick Stewart is a treasure, and it’s a dynamite role for anyone.” –Playlist

A couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) begin interviewing a former dancer (Patrick Stewart), seemingly for research on a dissertation about the dance landscape of 1960s New York City. But the questioning soon turns personal, and a mystery from the past begins to emerge. Adapting his Tony-nominated play, Stephen Belber weaves a dark, funny and poignant tale of responsibility and commitment. (U.S., 2014, 92m, IFC Films)

Starts January 30

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Dyanna Taylor Celebration with

GRAB A HUNK OF LIGHTNING

Unforgettable … You don’t want to miss it.” –Ms. Magazine

Most famous for her celebrated photograph Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange's enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese American internment camps. Lange’s granddaughter, the longtime Santa Fean and five-time Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor, directs and narrates this intimate documentary that combines family memories and journals with never-before-seen photos and film footage. An onstage interview with Dyanna Taylor and Elizabeth Partridge, Lange’s biographer, and Imogen Cunningham's granddaughter, follows the screening. (U.S., 2014, 120m)

2:00p Sunday, February 1 - $50 to benefit the CCA, includes pie-and-coffee reception!

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Duke of Burgundy

Never in all of cinema has the mashing of panties against a face been quite so fraught with genuine emotion.” –Guardian

Peter Strickland’s eagerly anticipated follow up to BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO pays homage to Euro-erotica from the 1970s with a sensitivity that makes the film sweet, bizarre and touching. Beginning at an all-woman’s conference on butterflies, the film shifts to the bedroom, where an intense relationship between two women (Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara d’Anna) unfolds, as they experiment with  role-playing, submission and domination. (U.K., 2014, 106m, IFC Films, digital)

Starts February 6

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1971

“A thrilling lesson about how authoritarianism can be curbed, sometimes, by one simple and well-targeted blow.” –PopMatters

It’s the great whodunit of the civil rights era. In 1971, eight citizens broke into a Pennsylvania FBI office, stole classified files, and began leaking them to the press. The files revealed the FBI’s deliberate and illegal actions to infiltrate and disrupt activist groups, and the Washington Post’s publication of a story helps launch an investigation into U.S.’s surveillance methods, and an FBI manhunt, as they search for the burglars. More than 40 years later, nobody knew who stole the files … until now. Johanna Hamilton’s gripping documentary features the first interviews with the fearless citizens who shone a spotlight on a then-corrupt institution. (U.S., 2014, 79m, DCP)

Starts February 13

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Whiplash

Diabolically entertaining … Simmons is a barbed and brilliant marvel in the role of his life … It’s electrifying.” –Rolling Stone

An ambitious young jazz drummer (Miles Teller), desperate to excel, connects with a mentor known both for his brilliance and his extreme coaching methods (J.K. Simmons). Damien Chazelle, winner of two Sundance prizes and an Oscar nomination, tells the story of a young artist pushed to the edge of sanity, asking the question: what does greatness cost? (U.S., 2014, 107m, Sony Pictures Classics)

Starts February 6

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Leviathan

Oscar® Nominee - Best Foreign Film

One of world cinema's foremost auteurs … Andrei  Zvyagintsev's filmmaking has always been superb, but he's never taken on the state of his nation in the way he does here … Not just masterful but also hugely important.” –Playlist

An auto repairman finds himself in conflict with a local politician, and his life begins spinning out of control. Andrei  Zvyagintsev's Cannes-winning satire about corruption and the other demons of modern Russia, is breathtakingly gorgeous, sharp-witted, surprisingly (and bitterly) funny and brilliantly told: a film for the ages. (Russia, 2014, 140m, DCP, Sony Pictures Classics)

Starts February 20

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Maps to the Stars

“Delicious … purely entertaining … crisply directed, furiously paced and gleefully performed.” –Atlantic

The legendary David Cronenberg (EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) forges both a wicked social satire and a very human ghost story from our celebrity-obsessed culture. Meet the Weiss family: Stafford (John Cusack), a famed TV self-help therapist; Cristina (Olivia Williams) who is managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13. Along with other LA players (the cast includes Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson), the make their way in a sun-soaked Southern California rife with money, dreams, fame, envy, angst, yearning and relentless hauntings. (Canada-U.S., 2014,  112m, Focus Features, digital)

Starts February 27

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Ballet 422

Delightful … exhilarating … this ballet documentary delves into the intricacies of the creative process.” –Variety

Director/cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes  takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. From first rehearsal to world premiere, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers to create NYCB’s 422nd new ballet. BALLET 422 is an unembellished vérité portrait of a process that has never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety. (U.S., 2014, 72m, DCP, Magnolia Pictures)

Starts March 6

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What We Do In The Shadows

“The best comedy of the year … After a while, I was embarrassed at myself for giggling so much.” –The Guardian

Four vampire roommates wrestle with communal living in a modern world filled with challenges for the undead. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, creators HBO’s "Flight of the Conchords," co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this horror spoof destined for cult status. Join the fun as these creatures of the night, ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, fight over whose turn it is to do the dishes, cruise the city for female companions and brawl with the local werewolves. (New Zealand, 2014, 86m, Paladin, digital)

Starts March 6

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Red Army

Unbelievable but true … this poignant human story transcends borders, decades and ideologies.” –Time

Award-winning filmmaker Gabe Polsky explores the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, RED ARMY follows as sporting events serve as metaphors for the Cold War, and as a group of young men shouldered the pressures of an empire … until they betrayed their Motherland. It’s stirring, funny and hugely entertaining. (U.S.-Russia, 2014, 76m, Sony Pictures Classics, digital)

Starts March 13

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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)

Coming Soon!

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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

“Expertly written, brilliantly acted … judiciously alternates between scathing drama and bitter comedy.” –Variety

An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize her divorce from her cruel and manipulative husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country's absurdly strict religiously based marriage laws, in this riveting drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz (THE BAND’S VISIT), a man’s intransigence, a woman’s strength and determination and a rigid system makes a failed marriage into an object of dark, absurd tragicomedy.  (Israel, 2014, 115m, Music Box Films, digital)

Starts this March!