Arthouse Cinema in Historic Mesilla, New Mexico
Screenings: March 24 – 30
A fictional account of one year in the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. On Christmas Eve 1877, Elisabeth, once idolized for her beauty, turns 40 and is officially deemed an old woman; she starts trying to maintain her public image. Starring Vicky Krieps.
All That Breathes
Screenings: March 31 – April 6
Amidst the darkening backdrop of Delhi`s apocalyptic air and escalating violence, two brothers devote their lives to protect one casualty of the turbulent times: the bird known as the Black Kite.
Classic Chinese Action-Adventure
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Special Screenings: April 2, 3, & 4
The movie that catapulted Ang Lee into the ranks of upper echelon Hollywood filmmakers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon features a deft mix of amazing martial arts battles, beautiful scenery, and tasteful drama.
In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover (Michelle Yeoh) to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.
Iranian Meta Drama
Screenings: April 7 – 13
One of the world’s great cinematic artists, Jafar Panahi has been banned from making films by the Iranian government. Panahi plays a fictionalized version of himself, in this case relocated to a rural border town to remotely direct a new film in nearby Turkey. As he struggles to complete his film, Panahi finds himself thrust in the middle of a local scandal, confronting the opposing pulls of tradition and progress, city and country, belief and evidence, and the universal desire to reject oppression.
Classic Film Noir
The Long Goodbye
Special Screening: April 9
Private investigator Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould) helps a friend out of a jam, but in doing so gets implicated in his wife`s murder. An ice-cold noir that retains Robert Altman’s idiosyncratic sensibilities, The Long Goodbye ranks among the smartest and most satisfying Marlowe mysteries.
You Resemble Me
April 14 – 20
Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupt in this story about two sisters on the outskirts of Paris. After the siblings are torn apart, the eldest, Hasna, struggles to find her identity, leading to a choice that shocks the world. Director Dina Amer takes on one of the darkest issues of our time and deconstructs it in an intimate story about family, love, sisterhood, and belonging.
April 21 – 27
The film follows two brokers who sell orphaned infants, circumventing the bureaucracy of legal adoption, to affluent couples who can’t have children of their own. After an infant’s mother surprises the duo by returning to ensure her child finds a good home, the three embark on a journey to find the right couple, building an unlikely family of their own.
The Mesilla Valley Film Society is a non-profit organization that manages the historic Fountain Theatre in Mesilla, New Mexico. With a working board of directors and a volunteer staff, the film society presents independent, foreign, and documentary film and video to audiences in southern New Mexico and West Texas.