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Fountain Theatre brings 'Atomic Fest'

Daily movies Aug. 4-10


The Mesilla Valley Film Society is bringing a series it calls "Atomic Fest" to the Fountain Theatre Aug. 4-11.

The weeklong film festival will showcase films that explore the bomb and its legacy in cinema, including ties to New Mexico, commemorating the Manhattan Project and the Trinity test, and the anniversaries of the bombing of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki in 1945. The curated selection of films serves as a reminder of the significance of the atomic bomb and its ongoing implications for society, MVFS said.

“These events are ingrained in the fabric of New Mexico’s history,” said MVFS president Carol McCall. “We believe that cinema has played an important role in sharing the impact of the atomic bomb in southern New Mexico and in providing context for the worldwide consequences of the nuclear threat.”

MVFS is inviting film enthusiasts and the local community to come together to witness these powerful stories unfold on the big screen.

Films featured at "Atomic Fest" include:

7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4 – “White Light Black Rain,” (2007) A deeply moving documentary that recounts the experiences of survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 – “Grave of the Fireflies,” An animated masterpiece that tells the heartbreaking story of two siblings struggling to survive in Japan during World War II.

2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 – “Seven Days in May” (1946)

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6 – “I Live in Fear,” A Japanese drama that delves into the psychological impact of nuclear paranoia on an individual and his family, examining the fear and paranoia that gripped society during the Cold War

7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7 – “Matinee,” (1993)

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 – “On the Beach,” (1959)

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 – “Them”

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 – “Dr. Strangelove,” Stanley Kubrick's satirical masterpiece that explores the absurdity of nuclear warfare, delving into the dark humor and political commentary surrounding the Cold War.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 – “Oppenheimer”

The films culminate upon the Aug. 11 screening of “Oppenheimer,” Christopher Nolan’s epic historical drama. “Oppenheimer” will also run Aug. 12-24. That will be followed by a run of Wes Anderson’s newest film, “Asteroid City,” Aug. 25-31.

 Tickets for "Atomic Fest" are available through the Mesilla Valley Film Society's website at mesillavalleyfilm.org.