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Santa Fe Independent Film Fest 2017

Greetings from the Land of Enchantment. Santa Fe Independent Film Fest to Open with Palm D’or Winner THE SQUARE

The Ninth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (SFIFF) will open with Ruben Ostlund’s art-world satire The Square at Violet Crown on Wednesday October 18, 2017. “After first seeing it in Cannes, we are excited to present the New Mexico premiere of this fascinating picture to Santa Fe’s dedicated movie-going audience,” said Jacques Paisner, executive director.


SFIFF presents more than 300 hours of programming, the latest international and independent films, and one-of-a-kind interactive events over five (5) days of films including, Only the Brave, Becoming Who I Was, and the world premiere of Ol’ Max Evans: The First Thousand Years. John Sayles and Maggie Renzi will receive the SFIFF Lifetime Achievement Award, and John Waters will perform his live one-man show.  The Square was directed by Ruben Ostlund

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. 


Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for ”The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Claes Bang, Dominic West, and Terry Notary

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:30 pm at Violet Crown(Opening Night Reception begins at 6:00) Price: $25 includes film, opening night champagne toast, and opening night party. Tickets for general public on Sale September 27th. Tickets for Members available September 25th. Tickets Now On Sale for John Waters Live & A Tribute to John Sayles and Maggie Renzi 


John Waters highlights his impressive film career and perverse taste. The living independent film legend (HAIRSPRAY, PINK FLAMINGOS) who William Burroughs dubbed “The Pope of Trash,” will follow his show with a book signing of his latest title ROLE MODELS. Saturday, October 21st at 7:00pm  Lensic Performing Arts Center  


Santa Fe Independent Film Festival presents John Sayles and Maggie Renzi Lifetime Achievement Award. The beloved John Sayles and Maggie Renzi will receive SFIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, participate in a Q&A with Kirk Ellis, and introduce the film Lone Star presented in 35mm. Friday, October 21st at 6:30pm Lensic Performing Arts Center.