Film List

Take some time to browse through the list of short and full length films featured in the 2017 ¡Cine Magnífico! Film Festival.

  • 7 camas / 7 beds

    7 camas / 7 beds

    Spain, New Mexico Short Films Program

    Eduardo is about to commit a new infidelity…

  • El Ciudadano Ilustre / The Distinguished Citizen

    El Ciudadano Ilustre / The Distinguished Citizen Feature Film / NM Premiere

    Argentina, 2016, 118 Minutes, Dark comedy

    A recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, who has been living in Europe for decades, accepts an invitation to receive a prize. In Argentina he finds both similarities and irreconcilable differences with the people of his hometown.

    Un ganador del Premio Nobel de Literatura, que ha estado viviendo en Europa durante décadas, acepta una invitación para recibir un premio. En Argentina encuentra semejanzas y diferencias irreconciliables con la gente de su ciudad natal.

  • El jugador de ajedrez / The Chess Player

    El jugador de ajedrez / The Chess Player Showcase Film / NM Premiere

    Spain, 2017, 118 Minutes, Historical Fiction

    In 1934 Diego Padilla wins the Spanish Championship of Chess and meets a French journalist, Marianne Latour and they fall in love. At the end of the Civil War, Marianne convinces Diego to live in France with their daughter, where shortly afterwards Diego will be accused of spying by the Nazis and imprisoned in an SS prison. There, Diego will try to survive in a hostile environment thanks to Colonel Maier's passion for chess.

    En 1934 Diego Padilla gana el Campeonato Español de Ajedrez y conoce a la periodista francesa Marianne Latour, con quien tendrá un apasionado romance. Al final de la Guerra Civil Marianne convence a Diego para irse a vivir a Francia con su hija, donde más tarde será acusado de espionaje por los nazis y retenido en una prisión de las SS. Allí Diego tratará de sobrevivir en medio de un ambiente hostil gracias al Coronel Maier y la pasión que guarda este por el ajedrez.

  • El Revenge / The Revenge

    El Revenge / The Revenge Closing Film / NM Premiere

    Brazil, 2016, 100 Minutes, Comedy

    Two friends hit the road to Buenos Aires aboard an orange Opala 72, with a mission: be with as many women as possible. This is all a plan to regain the honor of Caco, a man who found his girlfriend in bed with an Argentine.

    Dos amigos llegan a Buenos Aires a bordo de un Opala 72 naranja con una clara misión: estar con tantas mujeres como sea posible. Todo forma parte de un plan para lavar el honor de Caco, un hombre que encontró a su novia en la cama con un argentino.

  • Esteban

    Esteban NM Premiere

    Cuba, 2016, 86 Minutes, Drama

    Esteban is the story of achieving your dreams, as told through the eyes of a 9 year old boy who lives alone with his mother and aspires to become a pianist.

    Esteban es un niño de nueve años que descubre por casualidad su talento innato para la música. A pesar de las dificultades para alcanzar el sueño de convertirse en músico, su perseverancia transformará su mundo y el de quienes le rodean.

  • I know a place by Ariana Eve Spencer

    I know a place by Ariana Eve Spencer Short Film

    New Mexico Short Films Program

    When her loving boyfriend goes missing, and skeptical police won't help her, Liz and her best friend Kim take matters into their own hands.

  • Leslie by Alejandro Montoya

    Leslie by Alejandro Montoya Short Film

    New Mexico, 20 Minutes, New Mexico Short Films Program

    A singer/singwriter must decide if she should continue to follow her dream, when everything around her tells her otherwise.

  • Mala junta / Bad Influence

    Mala junta / Bad Influence NM Premiere

    Chile, 2016, 89 Minutes, Social

    Tano, a rebellious teenager from Santiago, is caught stealing and therefore sent to southern Chile under the care of his father, whom he hasn't seen in years. Avoiding the discipline that's imposed to him, Tano meets Cheo, a young and shy boy who is bullied at school for his indigenous origins. The strange death of a Mapuche leader unleashes a spree of violence in the area, forcing Tano and Cheo to unite against their violent surroundings.

    A Tano, un adolescente rebelde de Santiago, le ven robando y envían al sur de Chile bajo el cuidado de su padre, a quien no ha visto en años. Evitando la disciplina que se le impone, Tano se encuentra con Cheo, un muchacho joven y tímido que es abusado en la escuela por sus orígenes indígenas. La extraña muerte de un líder mapuche desencadena una ola de violencia en la zona, obligando a Tano y Cheo a unirse contra su crispado entorno.

  • Mi Mamá Lora / My Mother is a Parrot

    Mi Mamá Lora / My Mother is a Parrot Children's Film / NM Premiere

    Argentina, 2016, 80 Minutes, Family Film

    Juana, an 11 year old girl, is part of a very special family: they have the gift of transforming into animals, but she does not know it yet. She discovers it the day that her mother turns into a parrot. She has three days to recover the human form, otherwise her mom will remain like a parrot forever. With the help of her uncle, grandmother and a group of friends from school, she tries to rescue Mamá Lora from the entanglements she gets into. A mysterious character and a pressing time limit, the stage is set for some of the biggest risks Juana could imagine.

    Juana es una niña de 11 años que forma parte de una familia muy especial: tiene el don de transformarse en animal, aunque ella no lo sabe. Lo descubre el día en que su mamá se transforma en una lora. Tiene tres días para recuperar la forma humana o de lo contrario quedará como lora para siempre. Con la ayuda de su tío, su abuela y un grupo de amigos de la escuela, intentarán rescatar a Mamá Lora de los enredos en los que se mete. Un personaje misterioso y el tiempo límite serán algunos de los mayores riesgos.

  • Neighborhood Therapist by Phillip Torres

    Neighborhood Therapist by Phillip Torres Short Film

    New Mexico, New Mexico Short Films Program

    Phillip Torres, founder of modern creative agency Concept Flux, made this endearing film with his family as part of the 48 hour film project. Yes, they produced it in 48 hours...and 15 minutes to be exact.

  • No Price Tags - Music Video for Wake Self by Phillip Torres

    No Price Tags - Music Video for Wake Self by Phillip Torres Short Film

    New Mexico, New Mexico Short Films Program

    No Price Tags is an expertly composed original music video filled with vivid rhythmic visuals. It was also one of the first music videos filmed at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is Hip-Hop artist Wake Self’s latest video, devised by the imaginative and innovative mind of Phillip Torres, founder of modern creative agency, Concept Flux.

  • Olvidadas / Neglected

    Olvidadas / Neglected Short Film

    Mexico, 2016, 12 Minutes, Social

    Still in the year 2017, in so many countries around the world, kids and girls are sold by their own family, even knowing the unhappy future that wait for them. This is the story of Carmen, a teenager who decide to scape her situation at any price. Lose everything, to win everything. ​This film was created with the intention of showing a sad reality that we have now days and all people must to know about it and fight for a better world for all of us.

    Aún en el año 2017, en muchos países alrededor del mundo, niñas y adolescentes son vendidas como mercancía por su propia familia, aun sabiendo del terrible futuro que les espera. “Olvidadas” cuenta la historia de Carmen, una adolescente que decide escapar de su realidad a toda costa, no sin antes llevarse consigo a Alondra, su pequeña hermana. Perderlo todo, para ganarlo todo.

  • Our Barrio / Nuestro Barrio

    Our Barrio / Nuestro Barrio NM Premiere

    USA, 2016, 28:45 Minutes, Immigration Program

    Our Barrio tells the story of Gabriela, a young woman on the verge of adulthood, who lives with her family in a diverse neighborhood. Struggling with her identity, Gabriela is forced to reckon with herself when her life comes to an abrupt halt. Finding beauty in life’s quietest, yet most meaningful moments, Our Barrio is an exploration of the Latin-American experience -and the human experience as a whole- as it delves into the topics of compassion, community and overcoming adversity.

    Nuestro barrio narra la historia de Gabriela, una chica joven en edad casi adulta que vive con su familia en un barrio diverso. Luchando por descubrir su identidad, Gabriela se ve forzada a plantearse a sí misma cuando su vida llega a un eventos inesperado. Nuestro barrio encuentra la belleza en la tranquilidad de los momentos importantes y se adentra en la experiencia latinoamericana (y, en rasgos generales, humana), a la vez que trata temas como la compasión, el sentido de comunidad y la forma en la cual afrontar las adversidades.

  • Qué dios nos perdone / May God Forgive Us

    Qué dios nos perdone / May God Forgive Us Showcase Film / NM Premiere

    Spain, 2016, 125 Minutes, Thriller

    The economic crisis, the 15-M movement and the pilgrims awaiting the arrival of the Pope, they all coexist in a Madrid that’s hotter and more chaotic than ever. Inspectors Velarde and Alfaro must find what appears to be a serial killer as soon as possible and with the utmost confidentiality. This hunt against the clock will make them realize something they’d never thought about: neither one of them is that different from the killer.

    La crisis económica, el movimiento 15-M y los peregrinos que esperan la llegada del Papa, coexisten en un Madrid más caliente y caótico que nunca. Los inspectores Velarde y Alfaro tienen la tarea de encontrar lo que parece ser un asesino en serie tan pronto como sea posible y con la máxima confidencialidad. Esta caza contrarreloj les hará darse cuenta de algo que nunca habían pensado: no son tan diferentes del asesino.

  • Shadows of Waste by Holly Adams

    Shadows of Waste by Holly Adams Short Film

    New Mexico, New Mexico Short Films Program

    An existential walk through time as a man waits on a woman who never shows up. This sends him on a trip down memory lane recalling the many times he has waited only to have been disappointed over and over again.

  • So Far From God / Lejos de Dios

    So Far From God / Lejos de Dios NM Premiere

    USA, 2016, 13:40 Minutes, Immigration Program

    Determined to find her father in the U.S., a rebellious Mexican teen risks her life to make a perilous solo journey hiding in a truck with 15 undocumented immigrants and a limited air supply.

    Decidida a encontrar a su padre en los Estados Unidos, una adolescente mejicana arriesga su vida para emprender un peligroso viaje escondida en un camión con otro 15 migrantes indocumentados y suministro de aire limitado.

  • Somos Lengua / Speaking Tongues

    Somos Lengua / Speaking Tongues NM Premiere

    Mexico, 2016, 50 Minutes, Documentary

    In various Mexican cities, the art of rap is practiced by a large number of youths who are completely committed to it—they live for rap and they are nourished by it. Who are these Mexican rappers? What do they find in that culture that society at large cannot offer to them? How have they been transformed through the intense relation they establish with words, with their own tongues, and with language? And, finally, how does this help them to survive in a country which offers no alternatives?

    En distintas ciudades de México, una gran cantidad de jóvenes practican y se han entregado al arte del rap. Viven para el rap y de él se nutren. ¿Quiénes son los/las rappers en México? ¿Qué encuentran en esa cultura que la “sociedad” no les ofrece? ¿Cómo es que su intensa relación con las palabras y la lengua los ha transformado y los ayuda a sobrevivir en un país que no les ofrece oportunidades?

  • Spared by Kody Dayish

    Spared by Kody Dayish Short Film

    New Mexico, New Mexico Short Films Program

    A story about two Navajo families that are connected through problems that life gives them. Directed by Award winning Navajo filmmaker Kody DAYISH

  • Tamara

    Tamara NM Premiere

    Venezuela, 2016, 110 Minutes, LGBTQ

    The film is based on the real life of Teo, a distinguished, prominent and outstanding lawyer with a four year marriage and two small children, who decides to accomplish his long time secret: to change his body and become a woman.

    El filme está basado en la historia real de Teo, un distinguido abogado en un matrimonio de cuatro años y dos hijos pequeños, que decide llevar a cabo el deseo que mantiene en secreto desde hace mucho tiempo: comenzar una transición hacia el género femenino.

  • The Returned / Retornados

    The Returned / Retornados NM Premiere

    Honduras, 2017, 17 Minutes, Immigration Program

    Retornados is a short documentary about three families who have been forced to return to Honduras and the extremely violent conditions they fled. Moving through the restless streets of the unstable capital city and into the drama and determination of each family’s story, the film explores the experience of being returned to a familiar, yet increasingly unsafe situation.   Retornados joins the families immediately after their unsuccessful attempts at crossing the U.S. border.

    Retornados es un corto documental sobre tres familias que se han visto forzadas a retornar a Honduras y sobre las condiciones de extrema violencia que han tenido que soportar. A través de las movidas calles de la capital, ciertamente inestable, y mediante el drama y determinación de cada historia familiar, el filme explora la experiencia de volver a una situación familiar en la que, a pesar de todo, la inseguridad crece exponencialmente. Retornados reúne a las familias inmediatamente después de sus intentos infructuosos de cruzar la frontera con EEUU.

  • The Threesome by Alejandro Montoya

    The Threesome by Alejandro Montoya Short Film

    6 Minutes, New Mexico Short Films Program

    ! newly wed couple try to  convince their best friend to have a threesome with them, so they can begin a happily married life.

  • Trails of Hope and Terror / Trazos de esperanza y terror

    Trails of Hope and Terror / Trazos de esperanza y terror NM Premiere

    USA, 2016, 53 Minutes, Documentary, Immigration Program

    The thesis of the documentary attempts to answer the question why we, in the United States, currently have an immigration dilemma on our Southern borders. The question is explored in an academic and scholarly matter that is nonetheless accessible to the viewer.

    La idea de este documental pretende responder a la cuestión de por qué nosotros, en los Estados Unidos, tenemos actualmente un dilema migratorio en nuestras fronteras del sur. La cuestión es vista desde una perspectiva académica y algo elevada que, sin embargo, se hace accesible a los espectadores.

  • Vidas con Sabor / Lives with Flavor Encuentros con la gastronomía en México

    Vidas con Sabor / Lives with Flavor Encuentros con la gastronomía en México Culinary Film

    México, 2017, 78 Minutes, Documentary

    Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, an expert on the distinctive universe of colors, flavors, textures, and traditions of Mexican gastronomy, explores the mouthwatering magic of traditional indigenous ingredients like tomatoes, cacao, maize, and of course chilies. Cooking demonstration after the film screening.

    El Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, experto en el universo de colores, sabores y texturas así como tradiciones gastronómicas mexicanas, explora la magia de ingredientes tradicionales indígenas como los tomates, el cacao, el maíz y, por supuesto, los chiles. Habrá una demostración culinaria después del visionado.

  • Voces acalladas / Voices Beyond the Wall

    Voces acalladas / Voices Beyond the Wall

    Honduras, 2017, 120 Minutes, Documentary

    Rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, murder capital of the world, orphaned girls find their voices in poetry as they heal traumas of their past and prepare to transition into an uncertain future.

    Rescatadas de las calles de San Pedro Sula, en Honduras (la capital del crimen mundial), niñas huérfanas cuentan con una plataforma de expresión a través de la poesía, que les ayuda a sanar traumas del pasado y prepararse para adentrarse en un futuro incierto.

  • “Shogun” - “Crushed!?” Music Video by Royce Leii

    “Shogun” - “Crushed!?” Music Video by Royce Leii Short Film

    New Mexico, New Mexico Short Films Program

    "Shogun" is the first song on "Giant Robots and Existentialism" an EP by Albuquerque punk/post hardcore band Crushed!? which is inspired by the band members' expression of rage after they were victims of a stick up resulting in injuries.