The Mesilla Valley Film Society is a not for profit organization, the mission of which is to provide independent, foreign and documentary films to audiences in southern New Mexico and west Texas. The Fountain Theatre is located at 2469 Calle de Guadalupe in Mesilla, a half block south of the plaza. Films are shown 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. For more information, call 524-8287, or go to mesillavalleyfilm.org.
February 3 – 9: Loving (Director: Jeff Nichols, 123 minutes)
The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their antimiscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. (IMDB) Starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga
February 10 – 16: Lion (Director: Garth Davis, 118 minutes)
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. (IMDB) Starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. Note: Tuesday, February. 14: Valentine’s Day Special – 2-for-1 admission!
February 17 – 23: 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action and Animated)
Traditionally among the year’s most creative and surprising films, the program of short film Oscar nominees is a perennial favorite at the Fountain Theatre. This year, MVFS will be screening the Live Action and Animation shorts. Don’t miss your chance to predict this year’s winners before the Oscars are handed out.
Due to the length of each program, they will be screened separately according to the following schedule. Patrons may purchase passes for both programs if desired.
Live Action: Friday, Monday, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Animation: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Oscar Shorts program will not be shown at the Saturday matinee February 18 due to For the Love of Art Month film, see below.
Note: Thursday, February 23, 1:30 matinee; no evening screening.
Saturday, February. 18 1:30 only: Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (Directors: David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky, 93 minutes)
This celebration of For the Love of Art Month is free and open to the public. The film explores the life of Vincent Van Gogh, as presented through the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The museum gives an intimate look at Vincent’s life through Theo Van Gogh’s letter collection, as well as the over 200 paintings he inherited after his brother’s death.
February 24 – March 2: The Brand New Testament (Le Tout Nouveau Testament) (Director: Jaco Van Dormael, 112 minutes, in French and German with subtitles)
God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels, Belgium. She concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job and decides to rewrite the world, which leaves God angry, powerless, and adamant to get his power back. (IMDB) Starring Phil Groyne, Benoit Poelvoorde, and Catherine Deneuve. Note: Saturday, February 25, no matinee.