Fountain Theatre screens The Farewell Party September 4 – 10

farewell-partyEach week, the Mesilla Valley Film Society presents 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. Please note the revised schedule: evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Exceptions: last Thursday of the month: 1:30 matinee but no evening show; last Saturday of the month: no matinee. Ticket prices are regular $7, senior/student $6, member $5, child $5, and Wednesdays $5.

September 4 – 10: The Farewell Party (2015, 90 minutes, in Hebrew with English subtitles, directed by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit)

Yehezkel, age 75, living in a Jerusalem retirement home, decides to fulfill his terminally ill best friend Max’s wish to die in peace. Despite the objections of his wife Levana, Yehezkel and Max’s wife Yana enlist the help of Dr. Daniel, a veterinarian, and retired police officer Raffi Segal to help them with their mission. At the moment of truth when the group realizes that none of them is willing to “pull the trigger,” Yehezkel builds a machine for self-euthanasia. But after Max is gone, rumors about the machine begin to spread, and the group receives more pleas for help. Meanwhile Yehezkel refuses to face the reality of his wife’s deteriorating dementia. As Yehezkel navigates between new requests for the machine, and Levana’s growing dependency, boundaries begin to blur, and the moral dilemmas the group face become impossible to bear. (Betacinema) Winner of Venice’s Public Choice Award and four Ophir Awards (the Israeli Oscar).

September 11 – 17: Amy (2015, 128 minutes, directed by Asif Kapadia)

A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician who captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense — she wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. Amy tells the incredible story of this six-time Grammy-winner — in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel. (A24)

September 18 – 24: Jimmy’s Hall (2014, 109 minutes, directed by Ken Loach, starring Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Jim Norton and Denise Gough)

In 1921, political activist Jimmy Gralton built a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to Ireland from the U.S. to look after his mother and vows to live the quiet life. The hall stands abandoned and empty, and despite the pleas of the local youngsters, remains shut. However, as Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him are stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of what they may bring. (SPC, Note: There will be no 7:30 screening on Thursday, September 24; a 1:30 matinee will be shown in its place.

September 25 – October 1: Manhattan Short Film Festival (2015)

Ten short films selected from over 589 entries from around the world. Patrons worldwide will be asked to turn in their vote for the winner. Finalists from past festivals have included nominees and winners of the Oscar in the short film category, so this is a unique and exciting opportunity to see the next generation of international filmmakers. Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the ONE film they think should win. Votes are tallied by each cinema and sent to Manhattan Short Headquarters. The overall winner will be announced on Monday October 5, 2015.

NOTE: There will be no 1:30 matinee on Saturday September 26.