New Mexico has a long history of hosting many film festivals. And fall is more or less the season for film festivals in these regions. The New Mexico Asian Film Festival, Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, Mindfield Film Festival, Madrid Film Festival, ¡Globalquerque! The International Cinema Series and the Santa Fe International Film Festival are just a few of the events happening in the area this time of year. While countless others have come and gone, the Cine Magnifico Latino Film Festival is gearing up to join the crowd of moviegoers and celebrate its 10th anniversary.
A “personal project” of the Instituto Cervantes in Albuquerque, Cine Magnifico “was originally born with a very specific objective: to make the best of Latin cinema available to the Albuquerque community in general, and to lovers of seventh art in particular.” This year, Cine Magnífico returns to its traditional celebratory month and extends its dates over two weeks during which audiences can enjoy 20 films made in, by or about a variety of Latin countries, from Spain to Peru. , mostly New Mexico premieres, will screen at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (September 13, 14, and 24), Guild Cinema (September 17) and the historic KiMo Theater (September 23-25). the festival extends to our neighbors in El Paso with two special screenings at Southwest University on September 15 and 29.
The festival begins Tuesday, September 13 at NHCC’s Bank of America Theater with a free public screening of 1971 The last movie. The legendaryly troubled counterculture cult film was directed by local legend Dennis Hopper and snagged an award at the Venice Film Festival, but is rarely seen by audiences. It was filmed in Peru and edited (for six drug-fueled months) in Taos, NM. Viewers watching the film at 5 p.m. are encouraged to stay until 6:45 p.m., when they can uncover more secrets about the legendary film director. Easy Rider thanks to journalist Fietta Jarque, author of Where Dennis Hopper lost the poncho. Jarque travels all the way from Peru to discuss his book and talk about the making of the self-reflective film – which centers on an American horse wrestler (Hopper) who stays behind after filming wraps in Peru to see how the the production has corrupted the inhabitants.
Another of this year’s guests is director Óscar Aibar. With the Spanish writer/director, Cine Magnifico kicks off its main festival program on September 23 at the newly refurbished KiMo theatre. From 3 p.m. the festival screens the feature film of Aibar 2021 El Sustituto / The Replacement. Considered one of the most popular films of recent Spanish cinema, The substitute is considered “a curious and sinister story about former Nazi officers who have taken refuge on Spain’s most touristic coast”. With a degree in fine arts and a decade of experience as a comic book writer, Aibar has also developed a solid career as a film and television director with features such as El Bosque, Platillos Volantes and El Gran Vazquez and serialized comedy-drama such as “Cuéntame”, one of the longest-running and best-rated series on Spanish television. After a post-movie Q&A, Aibar will be the special guest at a welcome cocktail party in the KiMo lobby.
In addition to exposing audiences to a slew of contemporary international feature films, supporting local cinema by New Mexico filmmakers is also important to Cine Magnifico organizers. To these ends, they are dedicating an entire day (Sunday, September 25) to showcasing the creativity of our state’s audiovisual creators. A selection of short films made in New Mexico starts at 3 p.m. at KiMo. It will conclude at 5:20 p.m. with a panel discussion with filmmakers Erica Nguyen and Erik Sanchez, who will speak with Shelle Sanchez, Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Albuquerque, and Milly Castañeda-Ledwith, Founder of the Cine Festival. Magnificent. .
For a full schedule of films and events at this year’s Cine Magnifical Latino Film Festival (September 13-25), visit cinemagnifico.com. Some screenings are free. Others require tickets (either $5 or $10, depending on the film).