Upcoming Films

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China Rising: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Film Series:

The Soong Sisters

Presented by Santa Fe Opera
Chinese-born American composer Huang Ruo blends Eastern, Western, folk and classical styles to tell the epic tale of the man who overthrew China’s ancient monarchy and build a modern national identity. This series celebrates Huang Ruo and explores one of modern history’s most crucial moments.


They were the Kennedys of China: three sisters who were educated in America and return home to lead tumultuous and deeply influential lives. Soong Ching-ling (Maggie Cheung) married Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Chinese Republic; her sister May-ling (Vivian Wu) married Sun's successor, the famed Chiang Kai-shek, and the oldest daughter Ai-ling (Michelle Yeoh) married industrialist H.H. Kung, later to become Hong Kong's finance minister. (Hong Kong, 1997, 145m)

7:00p Tuesday, July 8, Introduced by Huang Ruo • advance tickets recommended by calling 505-982-1338

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Santa Fe Community Foundation:

Early Childhood Film Screening & Panel

Please join the Santa Fe Baby Fund and the Santa Fe Community Foundation for a free screening of a new documentary on the costs and benefits of investing in quality early childhood education. “ARE WE CRAZY ABOUT OUR KIDS?” is the first episode to be released in a new series entitled “Raising America” that explores the individual and community- wide benefits of a strong start for all kids.
The 30-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts and advocates, including:
Marisol Atkins, United Way Santa Fe County Kelly O’Donnell, O’Donnell Economics and Strategy Jacqueline Barela, SER Child Development Center. Please RSVP to 
Katie Dry, Director, Santa Fe Baby Fund 505-988-9715 x7016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This event is free but space is limited.

6:00-8:00p Wednesday, July 9

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Life Itself

“Cuts straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other, largely in Ebert's own words.” ­–Variety
The late, great film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert is the subject of this personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent tale In the film, you’ll see how two thumbs forever changed criticism, how fame and alcohol combined in a nearly tragic way, how filmmakers on the fringe found a strong advocate, and how a very public battle with cancer inspired millions. Directed by the great Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), and featuring Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. (U.S., 2014, 115m, DCP, Magnolia Films)

Starts July 11

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Chinese Puzzle

Easy, breezy and enjoyable.” ­–Chicago Sun-Times
A 40-year-old father of two (Roman Duris) decides, on a whim, to follow the mother of his children to New York. And so the familiar characters from RUSSIAN DOLLS and L’AUBERGE ESPANOLE return. The wondrous and gorgeous cast in Cedrich Klapisch’s winning comedy includes Audrey Tatou (AMELIE), Cecile De France (KID WITH A BIKE), Kelly Reilly (“Black Box”) and Sandrine Holt (BLACK ROBE). (France, 2014, 117m, DCP, Cohen Media Group)

Starts July 11

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St. John's College Film Institute presents The Auteurs:

John Ford: THE SEARCHERS

Presented by St. John's College
Great movies are works of visual poetry. As with other forms of poetry, our understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of movies can be deepened and enhanced by learning how to see (and read) them better. The St. John’s College Film Institute is dedicated to cultivating the skills necessary to become better readers of great movies, and provides these public screenings—each in the best screening format available—to celebrate the work of eight of cinema’s essential artists.


“Like all great works of art, it's uncomfortable … Every time I watch it, it haunts and troubles me.” Martin Scorsese
Perhaps the most influential Western of all time, John Ford’s disturbing, visionary epic follows a deeply cynical Civil War veteran (John Wayne) in search of a niece who was captured by Comanches. Ford depicts the American West—long portrayed through a simplistic, good vs. evil lens—as needlessly violent, morally ambiguous and even racist. Along with the breathtaking grandeur of the Monument Valley, Ford’s camera captures the darkness behind Wayne’s mask-like masculinity. (U.S., 1956, 119m, Warner Brothers, DCP)

11:00am Saturday-Sunday July 12-13; 5:30p Monday, July 14

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Whitey: United States V. James J. Bulger

“Riveting. An eye-opener that at times doesn’t resemble a true crime doc as much as a first-rate James Ellroy adaptation.”  –The Playlist
Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger tells the shocking story of one of America’s most infamous criminals, one that indicts not only the gangster, but deep corruption inside America’s law enforcement and legal systems. With unprecedented access, Berlinger (PARADISE LOST) tells one of the greatest of true-crime stories cinema has seen. (U.S., 2014, 130m, DCP, Magnolia Pictures)

Starts July 18

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Venus in Fur

Gloriously unhinged … Polanski has great fun exploring and exploding the work's carnal themes …  the deliciously grotesque finale shows there is still plenty of life left in his gender-bending kinkiness.” ­–TimeOut
The Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski adapts David Ives’ sexy Tony Award-winning Broadway, in which a writer director (Matthew Amalric, DIVING BELL AND BUTTERFLY) bemoans the struggles in finding the right female lead for a new sadomasochistic play. Enter a whirlwind of a woman (Emmanuelle Seigner), who dazzles him. She knows the lines, and even brought her own props. But where will this audition go? A dark, sexy and hilarious exploration of gender and power. (France, 2014, 120m)
Starts July 18

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Sustainable Sunday Series: Split Estate

Director Debra Anderson in person!
This compelling Emmy-Award winning documentary shows the dirty side of hydraulic fracturing and natural gas, an energy source the industry touts as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Featuring narration by Ali MacGraw.  (U.S., 2009, 74m)

12:00p Sunday, July 20

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St. John's College Film Institute presents The Auteurs:

Robert Bresson: DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST

Presented by St. John's College
Great movies are works of visual poetry. As with other forms of poetry, our understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of movies can be deepened and enhanced by learning how to see (and read) them better. The St. John’s College Film Institute is dedicated to cultivating the skills necessary to become better readers of great movies, and provides these public screenings—each in the best screening format available—to celebrate the work of eight of cinema’s essential artists.


"A masterpiece, its every sound and image unobtrusively precise … contemplative yet abrupt, eloquent and blunt, oblique but lucid...Few artists since the Renaissance have so convincingly wed the aesthetic to the spiritual." –J. Hoberman
Cinema’s master of austerity, Bresson’s intense portrait follows a French priest who, after arriving in a small village, finds himself utterly rejected by his new congregation. His resultant crisis of faith sends him into a dangerous spiral, and Bresson’s rigorous compositions summon the deep spirituality of the moment. (France, 1951, 120m, Rialto Films, 35mm)

11:00am Saturday-Sunday July 19-20; 5:30p Monday, July 21

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Closed Curtain

Fascinating … In the struggle to tell a story, Panahi reveals the redemptive power of art. No longer issuing desperate pleas, he has turned to cinema for the sake of survival.” –IndieWire
An outlaw in his native Iran, master filmmaker Jafar Panahi (THE WHITE BALLOON, THE MIRROR) turns his history of incarceration and house arrest into an experiment in constrained storytelling. After the regime bans dogs from public, a screenwriter and his trusted companion go into hiding. And then, a mysterious woman arrives. There are stories within stories, reality meshing with fiction in this brilliant expose. (Iran, 2014, 106m, digital, Variance Films)
Starts July 25

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A Hard Day's Night

Meet the Beatles! John, Paul, George, and Ringo play wily, exuberant versions of themselves the astonishing moment when they officially became the idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with verve by Richard Lester and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” this new-form movie musical helped establish the music videos and remains one of the most deliriously fun movies ever. (England, 1964, 87m, NEW DCP PRINT, Janus Films)

Starts July 25

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Yves St. Laurent

Entertaining and, in places, scissor sharp.” –Evening Standard
When a 21-year-old phenom from Algeria is called to oversee the venerable fashion house Christian Dior, a star is born, but not without struggles and setbacks. This tale of art, expression, enduring love and excess tells the story of one of YSL (played by Pierre Niney) as he rises to become one of the 20th century’s most recognizable creative forces. (France, 2014, 100m, Weinstein Company, 100m)
Starts July 25

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St. John's College Film Institute presents The Auteurs:

Ingmar Bergman: WILD STRAWBERRIES

Presented by St. John's College
Great movies are works of visual poetry. As with other forms of poetry, our understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of movies can be deepened and enhanced by learning how to see (and read) them better. The St. John’s College Film Institute is dedicated to cultivating the skills necessary to become better readers of great movies, and provides these public screenings—each in the best screening format available—to celebrate the work of eight of cinema’s essential artists.


“I cannot begin to detail the apt and lovely devices by which Bergman conveys this excursion into a man's spirit … The screen has never been used with greater art or for more humane ends.” Robert Hatch
An aging, isolated professor (played by legendary director Victor Sjöström) travels home to accept an honorary degree. Upon arrival, he drifts into a powerful reverie as the past, the present, dreams, memories and reality combine into a journey of self discovery. Bergman’s most accessible drama is both unsentimental and deeply poignant. (Sweden, 1957, 90m, 35mm, Janus Films)

11:00am Saturday-Sunday July 26-27; 5:30p Monday, July 28

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North African Sephardic Festival:

Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes of the Mellah

New Mexico Premiere! With special guest Dr. Ron Duncan Hart!
“A Riveting documentary" –Africultures " Winner, Best Film/Documentary" Lumières d’Afrique – France
Tinghir-Jerusalem is filmmaker and historian Kamal Hachkar’s search for a community that has since vanished, the Berber Jews of Morocco.  Hachkar is a Berber Muslim born in Tinghir, Morocco and raised in France. While he would return to Tinghir every summer with his family, it would be years before he discovered that the town once had a thriving Jewish community. By the mid-1960s though, they, along with the other 250,000 Jews of Morocco, had left for Israel.

Hachkar sets off in search of that history. What he discovers in conversations over old family photos and while listening to the stories of the Jews who left Tinghir – and the Muslims who remain – is a history of close co-operation between communities. The North African Sephardic Festival is presented by the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are available at www.SantaFeJFF.org

7:00p Tuesday, July 29

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North African Sephardic Festival:

El Gusto

New Mexico Premiere!
Vibrant!” –The Hollywood Reporter • “Toe-tapping and infectious!” –Variety • “Uplifting and entertaining” –Screen Daily
El Gusto is the story of a group of musicians, Muslim and Jewish, torn apart by history and brought together by music. The story was uncovered when director/ producer Safinez Bousbia was wandering the narrow streets of the Casbah of Algiers. Drawn to a hanging mirror for sale, she walked into the shop. Instead of selling her the mirror, the craftsman told her the story of his lost friends, Jewish and Muslim musicians who had performed side-by-side a popular style of music: Chaabi.

Bousbia set off to find all of the surviving members. Almost half-a-century later, the original masters of Chaabi music reunited and began an historic journey from Algiers and Paris to Marseille to perform on stage as the El Gusto orchestra. The film, which has been called an Algerian Buena Vista Social Club, brings this moving story to the screen. The North African Sephardic Festival is presented by the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are available at www.SantaFeJFF.org

7:00p Thursday, July 31

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St. John's College Film Institute presents The Auteurs:

Andrei Tarkovsky: ANDREI RUBLEV

Presented by St. John's College
Great movies are works of visual poetry. As with other forms of poetry, our understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of movies can be deepened and enhanced by learning how to see (and read) them better. The St. John’s College Film Institute is dedicated to cultivating the skills necessary to become better readers of great movies, and provides these public screenings—each in the best screening format available—to celebrate the work of eight of cinema’s essential artists.


“The best arthouse film of all time … as close to transcendence as cinema gets.” The Guardian
Commissioned to paint the interior of the Vladimir cathedral, a great artist travels across Russia, witnessing cruelty, brutality and narrow-mindedness, and arrives at his destination in a crisis of faith. He retreats into silence, emerging only after the appearance of a spirited young artist. Tarkovsky’s controversial epic, banned and then mercilessly edited by Russian authorities, exists in its own cinematic plane, providing a startlingly visual, otherworldly vision of the challenges faced by a creative spirit. (Russia, 1966, 183m, digital)

10:30am Saturday-Sunday August 2-3; 5:30p Monday, August 4

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FUZE.SW Food & Folklore Festival present:

The Gift with Gary Farmer

Santa Fe’s celebration of New Mexico’s culinary culture features this journey in exploration of the deep relationship between humans and corn. Though best known as an actor (the star of POWWOW HIGHWAY and, with Johnny Depp, DEAD MAN), director Gary Farmer also has been an activist for indigenous communities, with a focus on media empowerment and cultural issues (Canada, 1999, 59m). Preceded by Alex Rivera’s hilarious and troubling experimental documentary PAPAPAPA, an adventure featuring potatoes, and couch potatoes, traveling from South America to the U.S. Director Alex Rivera joins by Skype (U.S.-Peru, 1997, 26m).
2:30p Sunday, August 3

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Boyhood

One of the most remarkable movies that I have ever seen. This isn't hyperbole.” –Huffington Post
Richard Linklater began filming this story of a family’s evolution in 2002, and for the next 12 years followed the story of a boy (Ellar Coltrane) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater), who are coping with the challenges of growing up with two divorced parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke). An unprecedented work of commitment, BOYHOOD is also a universally resonant chronicle of the passage of time. (U.S., 164m, 2013, IFC Films, DCP)
Starts August 8

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SITE Santa Fe presents:

An Evening with Leandro Katz

Argentinean poet, filmmaker and artist Leandro Katz, whose work is featured at SITE Santa Fe, visits the CCA to present newly restored films including LOS ANGELES STATION (1972, 10 min.), a portrait of a community in Guatemala’s banana plantation region; PARADOX (2001, 30 min.), shot in Guatemala on land owned by the former United Fruit Company and filled with Mayan archeological sites EL DÍA QUE ME QUIERAS (The Day You'll Love Me, 1997, 30 min.), an investigation of the famed photo of Che Guevara’s corpse.
7:00p Monday, August 18 • $5

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Alive Inside

“Amazingly transformative” Variety
Fighting our broken healthcare system, Dan Cohen demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss and return a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Through illuminating conversations with experts, such as renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, Rossato-Bennett has crafted an uplifting, feel-good cinematic experience that leaves audiences humming, clapping and cheering to the music that transforms us. (U.S., 2014, 73m, DCP)

Starts August 22

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Veterans for Peace present:

Kill Team

Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan, attempted with the help of his father to alert the military to heinous war crimes his platoon was committing. When his father's pleas for help went unheeded, Adam was left to face his scornful platoon members, who threatened to silence him, permanently. Forced to choose between his conscience and his own survival, Adam finds himself drawn into a moral abyss. Winner of multiple festival awards, Dan Krauss’s phenomenal story of war and conscience offers a deep look at the machinery and psychology of the modern military. (U.S., 2013, 90m, DCP, Oscilloscope) 
2:00p August 23 - Skype introduction by director Dan Krauss, followed by panel discussion; Additional screenings August 3-7

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Land Ho!

“A bawdy, bittersweet ode to friendship’s lasting joys and life’s inevitable regrets, the film also offers sturdy testament to the rewards of working as a duo, showcasing only pitch-perfect turns.” Variety
In this debut from Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens, a pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law sets off on a road trip through Iceland, hoping to reclaim their youth. Their picaresque adventures, from trendy Reykjavík to rugged outback, are a throwback to classic bawdy road comedies as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. (U.S.-Iceland, 2014, 90m, DCP, Sony Pictures Classics)

Starts August 29