VIOLET CROWN SANTA FE FOCUSES SPOTLIGHT ON ART-HOUSE CLASSICS

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Violet Crown Cinema

1606 Alcaldesa St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 , Santa Fe NM 87501

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SANTA FE, NM – Violet Crown Santa Fe expands its specialty film programming with the introduction of Arthouse Rewind, a series focused on presenting classic art-house films in a theatrical setting as filmmakers intended.

The first edition of Arthouse Rewind will feature the works of Krzysztof Kieślowski, the highly influential Polish filmmaker listed at number two on the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound Top Ten Directors list of modern times.

“Art-house films, in contrast to mainstream cinema, allow filmmakers to present narratives imbued with social realism and a personal creative vision,” – said Violet Crown programmer David Gil, “There are no better examples of this style than the works of Kieślowski.”

For the first edition of this series, Violet Crown Santa Fe will present four Kieślowski films, three of which, Blue, White and Red, comprise the highly regarded Three Colors trilogy based on the French Republic motto “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” The Kieślowski retrospective will conclude with The Double Life of Veronique, a dramatic exploration of love and identity, which received multiple awards at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

Each film in the series will have five show dates -- one matinee showing per day Sunday thru Thursday, with the first film starting on November 20, 2016. All seats are reserved, and tickets may be purchased for $7 each and are available at the cinema box office, located at 1606 Alcaldesa Street in The Railyard, or online at www.VioletCrown.com. Film synopses and dates are listed below.

THREE COLORS: RED

Nov. 20 - 24

1994, 99 mins, R

Part-time model Valentine meets a retired judge who lives in her neighborhood after she runs over his dog. At first the judge gifts Valentine with the dog, but her possessive boyfriend won't allow her to keep it. When she returns with the dog to the judge's house, she discovers him listening in on his neighbors' phone conversations. At first Valentine is outraged, but her debates with the judge over his behavior soon leads them to form a strange bond.

THREE COLORS: WHITE

Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

1991, 94 mins, R

Polish immigrant Karol Karol finds himself out of a marriage, a job and a country when his French wife, Dominique, divorces him after six months due to his impotence. Forced to leave France after losing the business they jointly owned, Karol enlists fellow Polish expatriate Mikolah to smuggle him back to their homeland. After successfully returning, Karol begins to build his new life, while never forgetting his old one.

THREE COLORS: BLUE

Dec. 4 – 8

1993, 98 mins, R

Julie is haunted by her grief after living through a tragic auto wreck that claimed the life of her composer husband and young daughter. Her initial reaction is to withdraw from her relationships, lock herself in her apartment and suppress her pain. But avoiding human interactions on the bustling streets of Paris proves impossible, and she eventually meets up with Olivier, an old friend who harbors a secret love for her, and who could draw her back to reality.

THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE

Dec. 11 – 15

1991, 98 mins, R

Veronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related. The film follows both women as they contend with the ups and downs of their individual lives, with Veronique embarking on an unusual romance with Alexandre Fabbri, a puppeteer who may be able to help her with her existential issues.