!Cine Magnifico! Latinx FilmFestival 2021

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Instituto Cervantes celebrates the ninth edition of Cine Magnífico! the Albuquerque Latinx Film Festival. This event has given visibility over the years to films and artists from all spanish-speaking countries. This year we have about twenty films and shorts that are New Mexico premieres and in some cases are U.S. premieres. All of them directed by Latino filmmakers because the Cervantes Institute and its Latino Film Festival’s mission is to raise awareness of this culture.

This year the festival wants to focus, in addition to the artistic, on everything related to the film industry as Albuquerque and New Mexico are increasingly acquiring the category of “new Hollywood”. To this end, we will be holding several round tables with experts and professionals from the film world, as well as meetings with local and international filmmakers and actors. The U.S. director of EGEDA (Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales Latinos) and of the Platinum Latino Film Awards, Elvi Cano, will participate in a round table discussion entitled “Is there a Latin cinema?” Also our director, writer Silvia Grijalba will speak with the director of the Albuquerque Film Office, Cyndy McCrossen, to explain the advantages of Albuquerque and New Mexico as an essential filming city for the European and Latin American market.

Of course, we will also have the presence of director Matías Meyer, who will present his film Amores modernos, which opens the festival and will also participate in the round table discussion “¿Existe un cine latino?”; and online meetings with María Perez Sanz and Christina Rosenvinge, director and main character of “Karen” (feature film that closes the festival) or the mexican director Adriana Ronquillo, with whom we will talk about the link between animation and the environment in her work.

The presence of local artists, one of the great challenges of our festival, will be in charge of director Alejandro Montoya Marín, who presents in New Mexico what is already considered a classic of the underground, the film “Millennium Bugs”. He will participate in a panel discussion moderated by the writer and chairman of the Spanish and Portuguese Department at the University of New Mexico, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, entitled Albuquerque: El Dorado of the film industry? in which he will be accompanied by directors Steven Burhoe, De’Angelo Bethea and Colin A. Borden, authors of the short films “Besties”, “Happy Anniversary” and “Scary Finger”.

Children’s cinema is present with “Ticho” and “Nahuel y el libro mágico” and youth with a UNM-sponsored film about the world of rock, “La noche de la bestia”.

Lovers of horror and fantasy films will enjoy the Guatemalan film “La Llorona” by Jayro Bustamante or the intriguing Contactado, by Peruvian director Marité Ugás; and those who prefer dramas will experience them intensely with the Chilean “La nave del olvido”, by Nicol Ruiz Benavides, the Argentinean Karakol, by Saula Benavente, or “Women is Losers” by Lissette Feliciano.

We look forward to seeing you from October 22nd to 24th at the Guild Cinema to enjoy the newest and most relevant Latin cinema.

Friday, October 22:

12:00 PM – Short “PLAYBACK. ENSAYO DE UNA DESPEDIDA” (Argentina) followed by feature WOMEN IS LOSERS (U.S)

2:00 PM – PANEL DISCUSSION: Round Table – Is There a Latino Cinema?

3:00 PM – AMORES MODERNOS (Mexico)

Saturday, October 23:

3:00 PM – Short “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY” (Albuquerque) followed by feature LA LLORONA (Guatemala, France)

6:30 PM – MILLENNIUM BUGS (México)
Sunday, October 24:

11:00 AM – LA NOCHE DE LA BESTIA (Colombia-Mexico)

3:00 PM – Shorts “SALIR DE AQUÍ” (Spain) and “MATRONAS” (El Salvador-USA)

4:00 PM – Short “SCARY FINGER” (Albuquerque) followed by feature LA NAVE DEL OLVIDO (Chile)

6:30 PM – Short “BESTIES” (Albuquerque) followed by feature KAREN (Spain)


Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM

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