2013 Dinner and a Movie continues!

Location:  Cowgirl Hall of Fame

319 S. Guadalupe Street

Film:  Cherry Blossoms (German)

Complete Evening – Dinner and Film: $35

Film Only Admission: $15

Space is limited.  Advance reservations are required.  Please reserve by Monday, March 25!


Happy Hour/Cash Bar: 5:00 p.m. with special prices for the entire night: Beer $3, Margaritas $3.50, House wines $4

Buffet Dinner: 5:30 p.m. includes bourbon salmon, grilled flat iron steak with mushroom demi-glace, mixed grill vegetables, butternut squash casserole, Cowgirl caesar salad, baguette with butter, beverages (water, soda, coffee,tea), and assorted desserts (such as petit fours, two-bite brownies, Mexican wedding cookies, lemon squares, chocolate chip cookies)


Movie Begins: 6:30 p.m. (Film is 127 minutes.)

Post-screening Discussion: 8:30 p.m. led by CIR member, Rob Reider

Cherry Blossoms

Trudi (Hannelore Elsner) and Rudi (Elmar Wepper) are an affectionate, long-married couple whose children have grown up and moved away. They live in a small Bavarian village. Trudi learns that her husband is terminally ill. The doctor suggests a final adventure, which the two wanted to have for some time, but never managed.

Trudi convinces Rudi to visit their children and grandchildren in Berlin. But when they arrive, they realize that their children are too busy with their own lives to take care of the parents. Then they decide to drive to the Baltic Sea. But there, Trudi suddenly dies. Rudi is thrown completely off track and doesn’t know how to go on.

Rudi tries to make up for the loss of his wife. As her secret passions were Japan and the Japanese Butoh dance expression, Rudi travels to Japan.  In a park full of cherry blossoms he meets an eighteen-year-old Japanese girl named Yu (Aya Irizuki). She catches his eyes because she dances Butoh there every day. Yu lives in a tent and has lost her mother only a year ago.  Despite the language barrier and huge cultural differences, they soon get along very well. Since Trudi has always talked about how much she wanted to see the sacred Mount Fuji, Rudi persuades his new companion to travel there together with him.  The story culminates in a pilgrimage to Mount Fuji in the midst of the cherry blossom season, a celebration of beauty, impermanence, and new beginnings.

Director: Doris Dörrie – Release date: March 6, 2008 (initial release)

Awards:  **** Nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar 2009 and picked to win.  German Film Award for Best Actor, German Film Award for Best Costume Design.

Since 1993, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame has been serving up righteous barbecue, regional American cuisine, and a whole lot more at its Railyard location near downtown Santa Fe. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cowboys and Indians Magazine and Outside magazine have all raved about the Cowgirl restaurant offerings and recent features on Rachel Ray’s Forty Dollars a Day, and on the Heat Seekers TV show have added to the Cowgirl’s kudos. And of course, locals just love dining at the Cowgirl as evidenced by multiple years of Best of Santa Fe awards from the SF Reporter’s Readers’ Poll!