Upcoming Films

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Wild Earth Guardians present DamNation

It’s blend of history, face-melting nature cinematography and Edward Abbey-style criminal mischief lays bare this truth in a way that is educational, entertaining, and, perhaps most importantly, inspirational.” –Santa Barbara Independent
Winner of a dozen awards at festivals around the world, this powerful odyssey by Ben Knight and Travis Runnel tracks the evolution in our understanding of dams, as our rivers become more endangered. From scientists to activists to fishermen to indigenous communities, DAMNATION tracks the movement to take down the dams and celebrates as rivers come back to life. (U.S., 2014, 87m, digital)

7:00p Wednesday, October 22

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An Evening with Jon Jost

One of America’s most important trailblazing independent filmmakers, Jon Jost began making 16mm films in 1963. He has made 38 feature-length films, all of which he has conceived, written, photographed, directed and edited; most of these he also produced. He has made more than 30 short works and the large-scale, seven-screen installation work, TRINITY. Jost was the subject of a MoMA retrospective that subsequently traveled to  venues around the world. Jost will show his latest work, COMING TO TERMS, a meditation on family and mortality that Jonathan Rosenbaum called Jost’s “greatest feature …  (bringing together his) exquisitely meditative sense of visual surface and texture with his tragic sense of how America has been losing its soul … geology and psychology meet on the same devastated terrain — the wasted world that we all currently inhabit.” The film stars the legendary filmmaker James Benning. (U.S., 2013, 85m)

7:00p Thursday October 23

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I Am Eleven

Irresistible. The kids are charming, funny, goofy and absurdly serious.” –Financial Review
Do you remember when you were 11?  Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving portrait of childhood. From an orphanage in India to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I AM ELEVEN explores the lives and thoughts of children from all around the world. It weaves together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of what it means to stand on the cusp between childhood and adolescence, that fleeting moment when childish naiveté has faded, yet teenaged self-consciousness has not yet taken hold. These young minds, still unguarded and remarkably honest, offer a powerful insight into the future of our world. (Australia, 2014, 98m, DCP)

Starts October 24

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The Green Prince

“Four stars … Terrific. As gripping as any high-concept Hollywood thriller.” –The Guardian
They should have been sworn enemies. But after the son of a Hamas leader became an informer for the Israelis, the Israeli secret ops agent who he worked with became a trusted friend. Born in the troubled Occupied Territories, Mosab Hassan Yousef’s fervor against Israel was unquestionable, ultimately landing him in prison. But he began to see Hamas as a problem that escalated violence, not a solution, and agreed to spy on the Hamas elite for over a decade. Nadav Schirman’s mind-blowing true story shows how he risked exposure and certain death while grappling with the perception that he had betrayed his own family and people, and how relationship with Gonen Ben Yitzhak, the Israeli secret agent, became one of unbreakable loyalty. (Germany-U.K.-Israel, 2014, 95m, DCP, Music Box Films)

Starts October 24

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Ghibli Celebration: Spirited Away

“Epic and marvelous! Phantasmagoric!” – New York Times
The biggest box office hit in Japanese history, this groundbreaking film follows a girl who separates from her parents at a carnival and stumbles into a world where spirits gather to refresh, relax and recharge. Japanese myth, Lewis Carroll-like whimsy and a surprising, gripping plot make this one of Miyazaki’s most beloved films. (Japan, 2002, 124m, new 35mm print, in Japanese with English subtitles, recommended for ages 9 and up)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun October 25-26, & 5:30p Mon, October 27

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Listen Up Phillip

“I can’t think of a recent movie that stages with as much joy and wonder the sense of living a life that becomes the stuff of art.” –New Yorker
Alex Ross Perry’s complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy follows the volatile Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He hates the city, his relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss) is crumbling and he doesn’t care to publicize his own work. But when Philip's idol Ike (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, Philip finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself. (U.S., 2014, 108m, DCP, Tribeca Film)

Starts October 31

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Horns

Darkly hilarious … the best performance of Radcliffe’s career.” ­–Exclaim

Alexandre Aja’s supernatural thriller, filled with fantasy, mystery and romance follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe), under suspicion for a vicious attack on his girlfriend (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and with them, a superpower that could allow him to find who who really did the crime. (U.S., 2014, 122m, DCP, Radius TWC)

Starts October 31

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Ghibli Celebration: Howl's Moving Castle

“Epic and marvelous! Phantasmagoric!” – New York Times
Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-nominated film follows an average girl who, after meeting a handsome young wizard, is transformed into a 90-year-old woman, and must embark upon a dangerous journey to lift the curse. Pulled into a life-and-death struggle between powerful sorcerers, she finds her own inner strength. Featuring the voices of Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer, Billy Crystal and Lauren Bacall. (Japan, 2005, 114m, newly restored 35mm print, recommended for age 7 and up)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun November 1-2, & 5:30p Mon, November 3

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The Overnighters

“Contains much, much more than meets the eye …  It will leave you stunned, questioning, and unsure of what is right and what is wrong … Indelible.” –IndieWire
After the discovery of an oil gusher, Williston, North Dakota went from sleepy town to get-rich-quick hub, as scores of unemployed laborers arrive, but with nowhere to stay. Director Jesse Moss follows the stranger-than-fiction tale of Pastor Jay Reinke who, against the wishes of the town and his congregation, houses the newly arrived on the floors of the church building, creating a impromptu homeless shelter. Vivid, emotionally charged, funny and utterly relevant, this Sundance-winning doc is a true cinematic achievement. (U.S., 2014, 90m, DCP, Drafthouse)

Starts November 7

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The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli—director Hayao Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive “other director” Isao Takahata—over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES Takahata’s THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA. The result is a rare “fly on the wall” glimpse of tone of the world’s most celebrated animation studios: its dreams, passion and singular dedication. (Japan,  2013, 118m, DCP, GKids)

Starts November 7

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Citizenfour

After years researching her film about our increasingly surveillance nation, MacArthur Genius Fellowship and Pulitzer Prize recipient Laura Poitras began receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by U.S. ntelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with the man who turned out to be Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. (U.S., 2014, 118m, DCP, Radius TWC)

Starts November 14

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Ghibli Celebration: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

A visionary tour de force … wondrous.” –Variety
An old man makes a living by selling bamboo. One day, he finds a princess in a bamboo. The princess is only the size of a finger. Her name is Kaguya. When Kaguya grows up, 5 men from prestigious families propose to her. Kaguya asks the men to find memorable marriage gifts for her, but the 5 men are unable to find what Kaguya wants. Then, the Emperor of Japan proposes to her. (Japan, 2014, 137m)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

Starts November 7

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: Regarding Susan Sontag

“Compelling” –New York Times  “An intimate portrait” –Hollywood Reporter

"Regarding Susan Sontag" is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. A Dessert Reception precedes the screening at 6:30 PM.

“Susan Sontag” is part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s New York Triptych, three critically acclaimed films about or by New Yorkers. For tickets and more information, visit: www.SantaFeJFF.org.

7:30p Saturday, November 8

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: Sukkah City

“A one of a kind happening.” –Atlantic Monthly       “A high concept ‘The Next Design Star’.” –San Francisco Chronicle

"Sukkah City" was the brainchild of best-selling author Joshua Foer and Reboot founder Roger Bennett. Foer asked, what if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs? And so was born the design competition and exhibition known as "Sukkah City." Over 200,000 visited the exhibit which was on display at Union Square.  An exhibit of drawings of selected submissions accompanies the screening.

“Sukkah City” is part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s New York Triptych, three critically acclaimed films about or by New Yorkers. For tickets and more information, visit: www.SantaFeJFF.org.

4:30p Sunday, November 9

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Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival: AKA Doc Pomus

Moves as much as it grooves!” –The Village Voice              “ ‘Doc doc rocks!” –Huffington Post

Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," and dozens of other hits all from a wheelchair. An optional DJ Pizza Party precedes the screening at 6:00 PM

“AKA Doc Pomus” is part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s New York Triptych, three critically acclaimed films about or by New Yorkers. For tickets and more information, visit: www.SantaFeJFF.org.

7:00p Sunday, November 9

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Keep on Keepin' On

From producer Quincy Jones and director Al Hicks comes this inspiring tribute to Clark “CT” Terry, a living legend whose career spans more than seven decades. Terry is one of jazz’s most prolific and beloved musicians: he counts Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington among his many admirers, and Dizzy Gillespie called him “the greatest jazz trumpet player on earth.” Hicks explores Terry’s personal approach to jazz, his dedication to teaching, and his friendship with a young blind piano player named Justin Kauflin. At 90 years old, and suffering from the debilitating effects of diabetes, Terry continues to share his wisdom with the next generation. When times get tough, he tells his students, just keep on keepin’ on. (U.S., 2014, 86m)

Starts November 14

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The Great Invisible

Winner, Grand Jury Prize, SXSW Film Festival    “Complex and wide-ranging … a uniquely thought-provoking chronicle.” –Variety

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, killing 11 workers and creating what would become one of the worst oil spills in history. Director Margaret Brown (THE ORDER OF MYTHS) creates a riveting, yet emotional thriller about corruption in the oil industry and the victims the crisis left in its wake. Using personal connections, the Alabama-born Brown dives deep into the community, finding the real story of the seemingly never-ending cleanup process and the long-lasting impact on the global oil economy.  (U.S., 2014, 92m, Digital, Radius TWC)

Starts November 14

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REEL ROCK 9

Presented by Santa Fe Climing Center
The ninth annual Reel Rock Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe. Reel Rock shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking.
 
In its ninth year, the REEL ROCK Film Tour features a special presentation of the highly-anticipated feature-length film VALLEY UPRISING. The greatest untold story of American counterculture is that of the Yosemite Valley rock climbers. For the past fifty years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite. The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an “extreme bohemian” lifestyle in the Valley, living on red wine and boiled potatoes, clashing with National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth. The torch has been passed down across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.
8:00p Thursday, November 13 • Click Here for tickets!!

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Pretty Faces "The Story of a Skier Girl"

Executive Producer (& hometown hero local Santa Fean) Claire Smallwood IN PERSON!
SheJumps.org presents the Santa Fe screening of Pretty Faces: the Story of a Skier Girl--a film celebrating women who thrive in the snow. This film is guaranteed to get you stoked for winter! Santa Fe native Claire Smallwood is a producer on the film and the co-founder of SheJumps. Join the community in celebrating this film's vision and passion for showcasing amazing women living their dreams around the world.

Pretty Faces is the story of a skier girl. A film that celebrates women who thrive in the snow and are committed to taking the path less traveled to accomplish their dreams. The concept for the film was originated by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer with the objective of giving women and girls, young and old, a voice and source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams captured and friendships cultivated. In Lynsey’s words “I wanted to give young girls something positive to look up to...I wanted to give them their Blizzard of Ahhh’sSki Movie or High Life, but done in a way that also shows the elegance, grace, community and style that is unique to women in the mountains.” Click Here to purchase tickets in advance!

8:00p Saturday, November 15 • Advance tickets highly recommended, click here!

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Ghibli Celebration: Grave of the Fireflies

An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation... belongs on any list of the greatest war films ever made.” –Roger Ebert
During World War II, Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are left to fend for themselves when their mother passes away from severe burns inflicted by the American fire-bombing of their town. Their father is serving in the Japanese navy, but the children have not heard from him in a long time, so Seita and Setsuko try staying with a distant relative. However, Seita doesn't get along well with this relative and decides to leave, taking Setsuko with him, to live on their own. Isao Takahata ‘s feature, produced by Hiyao Miyazaki, remains one of cinema’s most powerful expressions of lost innocence. (Japan, 1988, 88m, DCP, Gkids, recommended for ages 13 and up)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun November 15-16, & 5:30p Mon, November 17

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A CCA Fundraiser at The Lensic: Dying to Know

In the 1960s, two conventional Harvard professors began probing the edges of consciousness. Over the next five decades, the two greatly impact modern thought, Timothy Leary as a counter-cultural legend and Richard Alpert as Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher. Gay Dillingham’s film, narrated by Robert Redford, offers an intimate portrait of an epic friendship, through life and into the next realm. (U.S., 2014, 95m)

7:00p Thursday, November 20 at The Lensic

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Art and Craft

“Perversely satisfying… The art world deserves him.” –NY Times

Legendary art forger Mark Landis has mimicked the works of Picasso, the 15th-century masters and even Walt Disney. But he’s not in it for money: his delivery of his works is a kind of performance art, as he donates his pieces to museums around the country. When he dupes a tenacious amateur investigator, it seems that the show is approaching its finale. Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman’s hugely entertaining doc is as a cat-and-mouse art caper that delves into authenticity and obsession (U.S., 2014, 89m)

Starts November 21

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Buster Keaton Food Drive Jam Session

Free!!    Please bring a canned item or other donation to help feed the hungry

This soon-to-be local tradition rallies support for Santa Fe’s community members who don’t have enough food for their families this holiday season. Starring short films by Buster Keaton—funniest movies in the history of the universe—Santa Fe’s finest musicians and any willing audience members, we’ll create live soundtracks … and gather food and funds for Santa Fe’s food depots and homeless shelters. Hosted by Cinematheque Director Jason Silverman and Littleglobe’s Molly Sturges.

12:00p - 3:00p Sunday, November 23

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Ghibli Celebration: My Neighbor Totoro

One of the five best children’s films ever made. –Roger Ebert
Upon arriving at a new house, two sisters discover a secret world of fantastical creatures living in the surrounding forest. Drawn from Shinto beliefs about balance, mind-bendingly inventive and filled with humor and majesty, Hayao Miyazaki’s film invokes all of the beauty, mystery and preciousness of the world around us. Featuring the voices of Dakota and Elle Fanning and Tim Daly. (Japan, 1988, 86m, new 35mm print, for all ages)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun November 22-23, & 5:30p Mon, November 24

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Science On Screen: Cris Wood presents
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

“The first movie that bends your brain and breaks your heart at the same time.” –Entertainment Weekly

This Oscar-winning cult classic from Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman follows a man struggling to come to terms with his ex-girlfriend’s decision to surgically remove all memories of their relationship from her brain. Kate Winslet (nominated for an Oscar), Jim Carrey, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Ruffalo, Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, Jane Adams and Elijah Wood star in this mind-bending tale of heartbreak and the human brain. Neuroscientist Dr. Chris Wood, former director of the National Foundation for Functional Brain Imaging, will introduce the film using the current science around memory. (U.S., 2004, 108 min., digital video)

7:00p Tuesday, November 25

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Ghibli Celebration: Princess Mononoke

“Exotically beautiful … breathtakingly rendered … it’s the film's stirring use of nature, myth and history that make it so special.“ –New York Times
Animation’s unsurpassed epic, Hayao Miyazaki’s film follows a battle between humans, gods and nature. It includes several iconic characters: a demonic boar—drawn as a furious tangle of pulsating wormlike strands; the hero Ashitaka, cursed after being wounded; the god-like Princess Monokoke, with her blood-smeared face, astride a white wolf; and the Forest Spirit, who brings the earth to life with each step he takes. With the voices of Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Gillian Anderson, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Jada Pinkett Smith, and John DiMaggio. (Japan, 1997, 134m, new 35mm print, recommended for ages 11 and up; features intense battle scenes)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun November 29-30, & 5:30p Mon, December 1

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On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter

Dana Brown follows his dad Bruce’s cult classic, Oscar-nominated ON ANY SUNDAY (1971) with this spine-tingling celebration of motorcycle racing. Shot with the highest quality cameras around the world, this is a story about thrill-seeking pros and hobbyists who just love to ride. (U.S., 2014, 90m, Abramorama)

Starts November 28

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The Homesman

Lyrical and shocking, weirdly funny and grimly serious, fronted by fine and wise … this beautifully crafted film intrigues as a story never told before and ratchets up dramatic interest through a succession of unexpected turns.” ­–Hollywood Reporter

Tommy Lee Jones directs, co-writes (with Taos’s Kieran Fitzgerald) and co-stars in this adaptation of Glendon Swarthout’s novel about a stalwart, sensitive prairie spinster. Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) tries to lead three neighboring farm wives addled by grief and despair back East to care and safety, joined by George (Jones), a snaggle-toothed, middle-aged Huck Finn who is simultaneously comic and unpredictably dangerous. The phenomenal supporting cast includes John Lithgow, James Spader, Tim Blake Nelson, Miranda Otto and Meryl Streep. But perhaps the biggest star is New Mexico, with its starkly beautiful landscapes (shot by the Oscar-nominated Rodrigo Prieto, BIUTIFUL, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN), which have never looked as glorious. (U.S., 2014, 122m)

Starts December 5

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Ghibli Celebration: The Wind Rises

“A work of immense mystery and strangeness, loaded with unforgettable images, spectacular sweeps of color and nested, hidden meanings … one of the most beautiful animated films ever made, and something close to a masterpiece.” –Salon
In what Miyazaki called his final film, a Japanese boy, inspired by a great Italian designer, dreams of creating beautiful airplanes. When his genius is recognized, he is given the power to make flying machines that will change the world … for better or worse. A historical epic and a mythic tale of the artist’s spirit, THE WIND RISES, nominated for an Oscar, will be known as one of the greatest of animated films. (Japan, 2013, 126m, DCP, Disney, recommended for ages 14 and up)

About GHIBLI CELEBRATION Film SeriesIn celebration of the American release of Takahata’s masterwork THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA, playing exclusively at the CCA Cinematheque starting November 7, we bring back five classics, newly transferred, under Miyazaki’s supervision, to the exquisite DCP format, plus his latest, neglected classic-to-be THE WIND RISES. Series runs October 25 - December 8. 

11:00am Sat-Sun December 6-7, & 5:30p Mon, December 8