Film: Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!/Não Devore Meu Coração

7 pm

On the turbulent border of modern-day Brazil and Paraguay, marked by the waters of the Río Apa, a war is brewing between rival gangs on either side. Caught in the middle of it all, Joca, a Brazilian boy of 13, has fallen in love with Basano La Tatuada, an indigenous Paraguayan girl living on the border, and is determined to win her over regardless of the consequences. As Joca’s brother Fernando becomes heavily embroiled in the hostilities, and Basano is threatened by the unwanted affections of an older boy in her village, Joca is forced to confront where his own loyalties lie. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2017; directed by Felipe Bragança; Portuguese with English subtitles; 106 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

Film: Sueño en Otro Idioma/I Dream in Another Language

7 pm

When a young linguist travels into a rural area of Veracruz to record conversations between the last speakers of Zikril, a dying indigenous language, he discovers that the language is at the point of disappearing, as the last two speakers had a fight 50 years ago and have refused to speak to each other ever since. Trying to bring the two old friends back together, he discovers that a secret from the past, concealed by the language, will make it difficult for the heart of Zikril to beat again. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2017; directed by Ernesto Contreras; Spanish with English subtitles; 103 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: Fire at Sea/Fuocoammare (Italy)

7 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

This searching, Oscar-nominated documentary about the European immigration crisis focuses on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, 150 miles south of Sicily, where thousands of people arrive each year from Africa and the Middle East en route to the continent. Four hundred thousand have landed on the island over the past two decades; fifteen thousand have died on the way. Fire at Sea contrasts the daily life of the native islanders, particularly the bucolic childhood of 12-year-old Samuele, with the danger, misery, and death confronting the refugees who attempt to make their way across the Strait of Sicily. Through extended observation rather than narrative explanation, it shows how the normal and mundane can exist side-by-side with the horrific and tragic.

2016; directed by Gianfranco Rosi; Italian with English subtitles; 114 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: The Jade Pendant (China/U.S.)

2 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

The Old West becomes a battleground for power and revenge in this gripping epic based on true events. Fleeing an arranged marriage in China, a young Chinese woman finds herself on a boat to America. When she arrives in California, she signs a contract to work as a “flower girl,” and meets an American-born Chinese cook whose father works on the Transcontinental Railroad. Their love story is set against the lynching of 18 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles in 1871.

2017; directed by Po-Chih Leong; English; 106 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: The Concert/Le Concert (France)

12 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov was the conductor of the illustrious Bolshoi orchestra until he was fired for using Jewish musicians. Now he works as a janitor at the Bolshoi and drinks too much. But when he intercepts an invitation for the orchestra to perform at the Chatelet Theater in Paris, he masterminds a plan to gather together his own Bolshoi to go in their place and make a triumphant return to the music scene. With his former Jewish and Gypsy musicians at his side, Andrei sets off for Paris to fulfill his destiny and return to his glory as a great conductor.

2009; directed by Radu Mihaileanu; French & Russian with English subtitles; 107 minutes; rated PG-13.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: Yo, abolicionista (Argentina)

7 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

Yo, abolicionista focuses on the ten years the director spent working with two plays dealing with prostitution and human trafficking. Traveling around Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Paraguay to present these plays, getting to know the women caught up in these networks, and documenting her reflections from the tours and conversations reinforced her activism within Argentina’s feminist abolitionist groups. In the film, fiction and reality blend, and the protagonists form a bond so strong that they reinforce and amplify each other’s voices. 2019; directed by Mariel Rosciano; Spanish with English subtitles; 75 minutes; not rated.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Mariel Rosciano.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series: Rhymes for Young Ghouls (Canada)

7 pm

In September, the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series showcases the ¡Globalquerque! International Cinema Series, presented in partnership with ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Fifteenth Celebration of World Music and Culture, returning to the NHCC on September 20 & 21. Most films in the series are from countries whose artists are represented in this year’s festival.

Set on the Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation in Quebec, Canada, during the mid-‘70s, Jeff Barnaby’s feature film debut takes place during a period in Canadian history when, by government decree, native children under the age of 16 were required to attend residential schools. Thus far, 15-year-old Aila has avoided the virtual prison that is St. Dymphna’s. As the reservation’s “weed princess,” she has peddled enough drugs to pay a regular truancy tax to a sadistic Indian agent. But when her drug money is stolen and her father returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’gMaq don’t run.

2013; directed by Jeff Barnaby; English; 88 minutes; rated R.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

¡Cine Magnífico!: 7th Annual Latino Film Festival: Los Futbolísimos

Matinee Outreach Film for Schools / NM Premiere

10 am

¡Cine Magnífico! celebrates Spanish and Latin American culture through presentation of some of the best of modern cinema in a weekend-long program, featuring work by first-time filmmakers and established masters alike. The subject matter runs the gamut from comedies, action, romances and documentary films, to dramatic masterpieces. Some of the riskiest and most innovative films of recent years will be included.

Pakete, Helena and their schoolmates get into all kinds of adventures in which their ingenuity and their friendship will be put to the test. All to uncover the mystery that could put an end to their football team and the continuity of their gang. Are they victims of a conspiracy or is it all the result of chance? The time has come to make a secret pact and to create The Footballest with a clear objective: to solve the enigma and to be able to stay together.

Free with a RSVP to prensa.albuquerque@cervantes.es or milly@cinemagnifico.com

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¡Cine Magnífico!: 7th Annual Latino Film Festival

¡Cine Magnífico! celebrates Spanish and Latin American culture through presentation of some of the best of modern cinema in a weekend-long program, featuring work by first-time filmmakers and established masters alike. The subject matter runs the gamut from comedies, action, romances and documentary films, to dramatic masterpieces. Some of the riskiest and most innovative films of recent years will be included.

¡Cine Magnífico! is organized by Instituto Cervantes, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute so as to be at the forefront of the movement to increase cultural opportunities for the entire New Mexico community and to bring Latinos and non-Latinos together to share common experiences through film.

¡Cine Magnífico! will be held September 4-8, 2019 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

For more information please contact Instituto Cervantes at (505) 724-4777 or check out their website: https://cinemagnifico.com/

Film: La Nana/The Maid

6 pm
Please note that a pre-screening conversation about the film, led by Dr. Elizabeth Hutchison, will begin at this time. The film will be shown at 7 pm

Raquel has worked as a live-in, uniformed maid for a well-to-do family in Santiago, Chile for over 20 years. Now 41, she is part of the family in some ways, as emotional attachments—both positive and negative—attest, but in others remains apart, even expendable. When her employers decide that she needs help and hire an additional maid, Raquel feels that she must fight for her place in the household. Her “guerrilla war” against a series of newcomers reaches increasingly audacious heights, until someone quite different turns up and Raquel’s world begins, very gently, to expand.  La Nana, described as a “microcosm of Latin social hierarchy,” also focuses on one woman’s journey to free herself from a mental servitude of her own making.

2009; Sebastián Silva; Spanish with English subtitles; 135 minutes; not rated.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show

This film, rescheduled from March 2019, is presented in partnership with Women’s International Study Center (WISC) as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series. Dr. Elizabeth Hutchison, WISC Fellow-in-Residence, will introduce the film and lead a discussion with representatives of other community organizations, beginning at 6 pm, prior to the screening. Please join us for refreshments and further conversation in the lobby afterwards!