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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 

Shaktism: Stories and Images from the Living Goddess Traditions of India

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Slideshow and discussion with Josh Schrei

Tickets available for $22 online at www.ccasantafe.org
Space is limited, buy in advance.

The vast goddess traditions of the Indian subcontinent pre-date what we call Hinduism, stretching back thousands of years into the depths of human memory. Yet these nature-based and primarily village-sprung traditions have exerted tremendous influence on the philosophies and practice methods of India.

Josh Schrei, a local yoga instructor and lifelong student of the cosmologies of India, has spent many years exploring the goddess traditions of India. Join us as we look at colorful goddess imagery, recount stories of rare goddesses, and explore the influence that the goddess has had on all of Indian spiritual tradition.

Thursday, November 30th 7:00pm - 9:30pm

 

Thelma

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Nothing short of intoxicating … a horror film like no other … we get a more existential kind of terror, one that inspires us to use our imaginations.” –Village Voice

A shy young student, leaves her religious family and small town Norway to study at a university in Oslo. Struck by a violent seizure, she begins demonstrating inexplicable supernatural powers—powers that intensify her growing relationship with a beautiful fellow student, and send her spiralling back towards her dark past. The latest from Joaquim Trier (LOUDER THAN BOMBS, REPRISE) has made a chilling, compulsively watchable thriller whose scares play out in the viewer’s imagination.

Starts December 1 

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

Disaster Artist

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**** … The story behind the cult movie is brought to life with affection and painstaking detail and features a staggering transformation from the lead … the dazzle of the cast and the targeted in-jokes never take away from the film’s core messaging about the importance of believing in one’s own ability as an artist.” –The Guardian

Oscar nominee James Franco directs and stars in the real-life story of writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man behind THE ROOM, often referred to as "The CITIZEN KANE of Bad Movies," Franco and a fantastic cast, including Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone, Dave Franco and Zac Efron, bring the odd film's production to life, chronicling troubled development and eventual cult success. (U.S., 2017, A24)

Starts December 8  

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

Santa Fe Film Festival presents Baraka

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25th anniversary screening, with special guests!

Followed by reception $25

As one spectacular image follows another, nearly every one lucid and sharp and magnificent, you feel as if you can go anywhere and see anything … Nothing in this epic visual poem is less than extraordinary.” –Washington Post

With images of 24 countries from six continents, shot over the course of 30 months, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson’s film, featuring music by Michael Stearns, combines startling 70mm footage of the best and worst our world has to offer, “a guided meditation on humanity,” according to Fricke. The film is named for a Sufi word that translates roughly as "breath of life" or "blessing,” and it visits the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery. Made in Santa Fe 25 years ago, it remains a classic. (U.S., 1992, 97m).

Tickets Available Here

2p Saturday December 9