Sam Elliott plays aging Western singer in The Hero at Fountain

The Mesilla Valley Film Society is a not-forprofit 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. For more information call 524-8287, go to

June 30 – July 6: Their Finest (Director: Lone Scherfig, 117 minutes, in English and Hungarian with subtitles)

The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) and lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin) set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). (Rotten Tomatoes)

July 7 – 13: Cézanne and I (Cézanne et Moi) (Director: Danièle Thompson, 117 minutes, in French with subtitles)

This historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists — painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) — from their first meeting as schoolmates to their creative rivalry as fame and success continue to elude Cézanne. (Rotten Tomatoes)

July 14 – 20: Paris Can Wait (Director: Eleanor Coppola, 92 minutes)

When her director husband (Alec Baldwin) is occupied with work in Paris, an American woman (Diane Lane) takes a jaunt with his business associate (Arnaud Viard), a charming Gallic rogue who is happy to squire her on a tour of some of the finest meals in Provence. This is the first feature directed by Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis and director of the Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness. (Rotten Tomatoes)

July 21– 27: Graduation (Bacalaureat) (Director: Cristian Mungui, 128 minutes, in Romanian with subtitles) Note: Thursday, July 27, 1:30 matinee; no evening show.

Acclaimed filmmaker Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days) returns with this searing human saga about a father driven to extremes in order to protect his daughter’s future.

July 28 – August 3: The Hero (Director: Brett Haley, 93 minutes) Note: Saturday, July 29, no matinee.

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his formerco-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus.