¡CineMagnífico! Albuquerque’s Latino Film Festival is exactly one month away from the opening night of its 3rd annual festival. We are extremely excited this year, with a fantastic lineup of films, new local artists to showcase, and fabulous events for the family and the entire community. Those who have attended in past years will remember the beautiful grounds of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the gorgeous Bank of America Theater. Join us for a beautiful evening on Friday, September 18th for our opening night presentation, the New Mexico debut of Conducta, an exquisite drama that the Havana Times has recently called a serene and sincere portrait of life in the Cuban capital. This is the second feature film for director Ernesto Daranas Serrano, a highly acclaimed and dynamic, young artist in the Cuban film world. Director Daranas will be attending ¡CineMagnífico! For the state debut of his film on Friday the 18th.
We have a full day Saturday, September 19th, with multiple films showing at two theaters: the Bank of America Theater at the NHCC and the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill! At the Bank of America Theater we will be showing three films during the morning and afternoon, including Messi, a film from Spain about the iconic Argentinian star-player for Barcelona’s legendary football club, and a documentary for the family, Abrazos, which will be followed by a Q&A session with the director. In addition, we will be showing three films at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill, including the incredible, must-see Spanish blockbuster La isla minima about a mysterious murder in the 1980s in the Spanish ‘deep south’. La isla minima plays at 5PM at the Guild Cinema. At the Bank of America Theater, our Saturday Night Showcase Film, Mr. Kaplan, is a taught comedy-drama from Uruguay about an aging European immigrant, Jacob Kaplan, who thinks he’s discovered a former Nazi in hiding. Mr. Kaplan will play at 8PM in the Bank of America Theater. Back at the Guild Cinema on Saturday night at 9PM, we will also hold a screening of short films at the Guild Cinema.
On Sunday, September 20th, we will show five fantastic films at the Bank of America Theater in the NHCC. Three films from Mexico, Llevate mis amores, Amor de mis amores and Buen Día, Ramon will play at 11 AM, 4PM and 6PM respectively. Buen Dia, Ramon, is a prize-winning box office hit from Mexico that tells the heartwarming story of a young man from a small Mexican town who immigrates to Germany to find work and support his family, but becomes stranded without shelter or employment. It is a strange relationship with a senior citizen named Ruth that changes everything, and transcends the often problematic issues of race, prejudice and international borders. The Argentinian film Mariposa will play at 2PM. Mariposa is a fascinating philosophical drama in which the flapping of a butterfly’s wings separates two parallel realties for Romina’s life, one in which she becomes friends with and falls in love with a boy named German, and another in which she is separated from her biological parents and adopted as German’s sister. Accompanying our Closing Night Film at 8PM, De pez en Cuando, we will have our annual Closing Night Gala at the NHCC, which will be a lovely evening that I hope you all will join. De pez en cuando is a film from the Dominican Republic and, almost in a Garcia-Marquez-esque streak of magical realism, tells the story of a frustrated young writer whose futile and halfhearted suicide attempt is interrupted by an unexpected friend.
We look forward to seeing you all this year. For such an incredible cast of films, events and guest directors, we have to thank all of those who make this incredible event possible for our community here in Albuquerque. First, we have to thank the main organizers, the Bernalillo County Office of Economic Development, The National Hispanic Cultural Center, Instituto Cervantes and The University of New Mexico’s Latin American and Iberian Institute. This year, we would like to extend special gratitude for all of the key support we have received from our major supporters here in our greater-Albuquerque community. We would like to thank all of the fantastic community organizations that support ¡CineMagnífico! Latino Film Festival: New Mexican Women in Film, The Atrisco Heritage Foundation, The Macune Foundation, New Mexico Arts, Douglas Peterson Investments, Dual-Language Education of New Mexico, IATSE Local 480 Film Technicians Union, the Albuquerque Film Office, UNM Department of Spanish & Portuguese and Print New Mexico.
We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s festival, the 3rd annual ¡CineMagnífico! Latino Film Festival of Albuquerque, which is quickly becoming one of our communities most exciting, dynamic and important cultural events. For more on each of these amazing films that will be showing, I will be posting articles to ¡El Blog! throughout the next month, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for new blog articles with more information on directors, actors, film reviews, international awards, and what to look forward to in this year’s lineup.
Thanks for reading and supporting, and we will see you there!
¡CineMagnífico! Albuquerque’s Latino Film Festival – September 18th, 19th and 20th, 2015