Film: ¡Cine Magnífico: Largometrajes/Feature Films
November 19, 2020 - November 21, 2020
Various times; see individual titles below for screening times (all titles are available for 24 hours after individual screenings open)
¡Cine Magnífico!, the Albuquerque Latino Film Festival, is organized every year by Instituto Cervantes, an institution founded by the Spanish government in 1991 to promote the teaching, use and study of the Spanish language and to contribute to the advancement of Spanish, Hispanic and Latin American cultures throughout the world. Instituto Cervantes has more than 90 centers in over 43 different countries on five continents around the world; its Albuquerque office is located at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
The Largometrajes/Feature Films offered by the festival are as follows:
La virgen de agosto
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 5 pm
Eva, the protagonist of Jonás Trueba’s feature film La virgen de agosto, is about to turn 33, and has decided to stay in Madrid in the sweltering month of August, when most of the city’s inhabitants flee, in search of herself and her own life. During this month of revelations, regrets, and discoveries, she encounters a series of old friends and lovers and meets some new ones. Her journey is a dreamy, sensual summer story of delayed coming of age, dancing in the streets, and good conversation, with music from, and an appearance by, well-known Spanish singer Soleá Morente.
(2019; Spanish with English subtitles; 129 minutes; not rated.)
Take Out Girl
Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 7:30 pm
In Hisonni Johnson’s Take Out Girl, Tera Wong, who delivers food for her mother’s Chinese restaurant in an infamous Los Angeles project, takes a job from the local drug kingpin, delivering his “product” in her takeout food boxes. She dreams of moving the restaurant to the suburbs and going clean, but sees her dream crumbling after a series of tragic events.
(2020; English; 100 minutes; not rated.)
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 4 pm
Alfonso Amador’s documentary Camagroga is the story of one of the few remaining farmers in La Huerta de Valencia, an agricultural and cultural landscape with centuries of history, now dying as the fertile plains of Valencia disappear. Antonio Ramón Camagroga and his daughter, Inma, grow tiger nuts for sale to a few exclusive clients, fighting the forces of capitalism and globalization in this depiction of a year’s farming cycle in La Huerta Valenciana, described as “an elegy to work, land, heritage, and resistance.”
(2019; Spanish with English subtitles; 111 minutes; not rated.)
Pólvora en el corazón
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 6 pm
In Camila Urrutia’s Pólvora en el Corazón (Gunpowder Heart), Claudia, who works at a call center and lives with her activist grandfather, and Maria, who lives with her mother on the outskirts of the city, roam the chaotic streets of Guatemala City. Everything changes for them one night when they are attacked by three men, and Claudia is faced with the dilemma of choosing revenge or listening to her grandfather’s advice.
(2019; Guatemala/Spain; Spanish with English subtitles; 87 minutes; not rated.)
Canción sin nombre
Friday, November 20, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Melina León’s Canción sin nombre (Song Without a Name) is based on a true story, set in Peru at the height of the political crisis of the 1980s. When the newborn daughter of a young woman from the Andes is stolen at a fake health clinic, her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where a lonely journalist takes on the investigation.
(2019; Peru/Spain; Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles; 97 minutes; not rated.)
Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 5 pm
In Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta’s thriller Zerø, a man and a woman wake up in a strange, deserted place not knowing who they are or why they are there. As the days go by and they try to get out, they begin to remember things that they might prefer not to know. Perhaps the answers to everything are held by another man who controls them from a distance, without being seen.
(2020; Spain; Spanish with English subtitles; 93 minutes; not rated.)
La fiera y la fiesta
Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 7 pm
Aging punk diva Vera arrives in Santo Domingo to direct a musical film in La fiera y la fiesta (Holy Beasts), by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán. There to welcome her are the producer and cinematographer, two old friends with whom she formed an artistic ensemble in her youth. The Caribbean production is sumptuous, the musical numbers grand, but mysterious forces threaten the shoot, and death begins to creep up on the set.
(2019; Dominican Republic/Mexico/Argentina; Spanish with English subtitles; 90 minutes; not rated.)
¡Cine Magnífico! was created in 2013 to encourage cultural interaction and awareness through the lens of Latin American and Spanish cinema. The purpose of the festival, since its inception and especially in the current political and social climate, has been to cover the issues that exist in our own communities—to shine a light on our comunidades latinas in the United States and “endow them with visibility.” This is the magic of cinema: visibility as the essence of cinematic and visual arts. Our own lives—our shared joys and concerns—shine through the screen, along with true-to-life characters, well-told stories, stunning settings, gorgeous costumes, and elegant musical scores. The festival, with which the NHCC has collaborated since 2014, showcases a diverse set of films, from award-winning works to offerings by local and up-and-coming filmmakers. This year’s screenings will take place online.
To view the films screened during the festival, click on the following link, which will be available until Monday, November 16: https://cinemagnifico.com/yr20/tickets-venues/
On November 17-18, you will receive an e-mail with a password that will give you access to all festival films. Please note that access is restricted to viewers within the United States.
Beginning on Thursday, November 19, you may access the website, click on the button for any feature film or short subject that interests you, and enter the password to see the films that you want to view. The short subjects will be available for three days, from 12 pm on Thursday, November 19 through 9 pm on Sunday, November 22. The feature films will be available for 24 hours only, opening at various times on November 19, 20, and 21. You may also click on the following link: https://cinemagnifico.com/yr20/schedule/
The Cortos/Short Subjects offered by the festival are as follows:
* Divorcio/Divorce (2018; Spain; Bárbara Santa Cruz; Spanish with English subtitles; 6 minutes)
* La crisis/The Crisis (2019; Pedro Aguilera & Juan Sardà Frouchtmann; Spanish with English subtitles; 21 minutes)
* 9 pasos/9 Steps (2018; Spain; Marisa Crespo & Moisés Romera; Spanish with English subtitles; 7 minutes)
* Playa Gaviotas/Seagull Beach (2019; Mexico; Eduardo Esquivel; Spanish with English subtitles; 16 minutes)
* La Llorona—Ser mujer (2019; Mexico; Adriana Ronquillo; Spanish with English subtitles; 5 minutes)
* Héctor (2019; Chile; Victoria Giesen Carvajal; Spanish with English subtitles; 19 minutes)
* The Awakeover (2019; Albuquerque, NM; Stephen Burhoe; English; 12 minutes)
* Get It (2020; USA; Alejandro Montoya Marin; English; 5 minutes)
* Flush (2019; Albuquerque, NM; Sheridan O’Donnell; English; 14 minutes)
These Cortos/Short Subjects films will be available for viewing HERE through 9 pm on Sunday, November 22.