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.
March 3 – 9: Jackie (Director: Pablo Larraín, 100 minutes)
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. (IMDB) Starring Natalie Portman (Oscar nominee Best Actress), Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup. Also nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Original Score.
“Extraordinary in its piercing intimacy and lacerating in its sorrow.” (Hollywood Reporter)
March 10 – 16: Neruda (Director: Pablo Larraín, 107 minutes, in Spanish and French with subtitles)
An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party. (IMDB) Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, and Mercedes Morán.
“Not many directors get a one-two punch like Jackie and Neruda in the same season, but it just makes it all the more clear that Larrain is one of the world’s most exciting and imaginative filmmakers, whatever the subject may be.” (Associated Press)
March 17 – 23: 20th Century Women (Director: Mike Mills, 119 minutes)
During the summer of 1979, a Santa Barbara single mom and boardinghouse landlord (Annette Bening) decides the best way she can parent her teenage son (Lucas Jade Zumann) is to enlist her young tenants — a quirky punk photographer (Greta Gerwig), a mellow handyman (Billy Crudup) and her son’s shrewd best friend (Elle Fanning) — to serve as role models in a changing world. (Rotten Tomatoes)
“If the small domestic drama established in this rich period setting proves satisfyingly emotional, it is because the characters are acutely well observed, both by Mills’s script and by his excellent cast.” (Globe and Mail)
March 24 – 30: I Am Not Your Negro (Director: Raoul Peck, 95 minutes)
Note: Saturday, March 25 – no matinee; Thursday, March 30 there will be a 1:30 matinee, but no evening screening.
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. Featuring Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, and Dick Cavett. (Oscar nominee, Best Documentary)
“This Oscar-nominated portrait of James Baldwin uses the author’s words to bridge the civil-rights past with our racially incendiary present. It’s unmissable and unforgettable.” (Rolling Stone)