Finding Vivian Maier tells story of “hidden” street photographer

thumb4Each week, the Fountain Theatre is the location of a film you won’t see in other local movie theaters. The Fountain Theatre is one block south of the Mesilla Plaza, at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe. Regular show times are evenings at 7:30, Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are regular $7, senior/student $6, member $5,child $5, and Wednesdays $5.

May 30 – June 5: The Lunchbox (Director:Ritesh Batra, 104 minutes, Hindi and English with English subtitles)

Ila prepares a meal with assistance from her neighbor, Auntie. This lunch, with Auntie’s special ingredients, is meant to reach her husband’s heart through his stomach. Instead, the lunchbox lands on the desk of Saajan. In short order, both parties realize that “the thing that never happens” has happened and a correspondence begins. Through the notes they passback and forth in the lunchbox, Ila and Saajan come to know each other, to support each other and fall in love. — Tim Cogshell, Alt Film Guide

June 6 – 12: Omar (Director: Hany Abu-Hassad, (96 minutes, Arabic/Hebrew with English subtitles)

Omar, a baker, climbs back and forth over the towering Israeli security wall to visit his girlfriend, Nadia. After being routinely harassed by Israeli police, Omar and his two buddies shoot a random borderguard — less out of political conviction than as a way to regain some sort of power in their powerless lives. Omar zeroes in on the aftermath: the paranoia and breakdown of loyalty among people who have been friends since birth. It manages to punch you in the gut and break your heart at the same time. 2014 Oscar Nomination, Best Foreign Film. — Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

June 13 – 19: Finding Vivian Maier (Directors:John Maloof, Charlie Siskel, 83 minutes, English)

John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s revelatory riddle of a film unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight for decades working as an eccentric French nanny. Her name was Vivian Maier, and judging from her haunting, humorous, and long-unseen street portraits, she was like Mary Poppins living a double life as Diane Arbus. — Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

June 20 – 26: The Amazing Catfish (Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce, 89 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles)

The Amazing Catfish tells the story of Claudia, a woman with no real family or friends. When appendicitis lands her in the hospital, Claudia meets Martha and her brood of children. As Martha’s condition worsen (she is HIV-positive), Claudia finds herself becoming more drawn to the family. She becomes both a voluntary care-giver and friend to Martha and her children. In the process she slowly discovers a sense of family that has eluded her all her life. — Courtney Small, Cinema Axis

(Note: The 25th patron will be admitted free and small popcorn is 25¢ for all on the 25th day)

June 27 – July 3: The French Minister (Director: Bertrand Tavanier, 113 minutes, French with English subtitles)

The French Minister depicts the life of Arthur Vlaminck, the freshly hired speechwriter for the French minister Alexandre Taillard de Worms. Throughout the film Arthur is consistently hurled through a sea of endless rewrites and bureaucratic minutia, all the while, balancing the verbose personalities of the diplomats with whom he is forced to work. The film’s comedy is universal requiring from the viewer only their attention span. — Joseph
Yanick, StageBuddy