Mesilla’s historic Fountain Theatre shows ‘Victoria and Abdul’

The Mesilla Valley Film Society provides 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. For more information call 524-8287 or go to

December 1 – 7: Victoria and Abdul (Director: Stephen Frears, 111 minutes, 2017)

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) remarkable rule. A young clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. To his surprise, he finds favor with the Queen herself.

December 9 – 14: Marshall (Dir: Reginald Hudlin, 118 minutes, 2017)

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. This biopic chronicles one of his greatest challenges in those early days.

December 15 – 21: The Florida Project (Director: Sean Baker 111 minutes, 2017)

The film follows precocious six-yr-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World. Starring Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, and Bria Vinaite.

December 22 – 28: Jane (Director: Brett Morgen, 90 minutes, 2017)

Using a trove of unseen footage, the film tells the story of Jane Goodall’s early explorations, focusing on her groundbreaking field work, her relationship with cameraman and husband Hugo van Lawick, and the chimpanzees that she studied.

Note: Thursday, December 28, there will be a 1:30 matinee and no evening show. Sunday, December 31, 2:30 matinee only with no evening show.

December 29 – January 4: The Teacher (Director: Jan Hrebejk, 102 minutes, in Slovak with subtitles, 2016)

Since the arrival of the new teacher to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher’s corrupted behavior and one of the students’ suicide attempt that could be related to that matter, makes the school Principal call the students’ parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake.

Note: Saturday, December 30, there will be no matinee. Sunday, December 31, there will be a 2:30 matinee only with no evening show.