With films from all over Latin America featured in the second annual ¡Cine Magnífico! Latino Film Festival, the magic of cinema hinges on our community and our blossoming, local scene here in Albuquerque.
The second annual ¡Cine Magnífico! Film Festival will feature films from Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Nicaragua, Mexico and Venezuela, covering genres from drama to comedy, including a children's animated film and a documentary feature. The themes touch on issues such as regional culture gaps, the trials of coming of age, public education, immigration, gender and sexuality -- and all are set in a Latin American and Iberian context. The films encompass a wide array of styles and tones, from the romantic and magical, to the darkly comedic, to the political and poignant, and to the educative and informative. The filmmakers include both young and veteran directors, and the writers' adaptations draw on various works of Latin American art and media, including regionally broadcasted television shows, news media and popular novels. Not to mention the short film series, which will feature young, up-and-coming, local filmmakers and actors, this section of the festival is one of our most important, particularly in light of the rapidly burgeoning film industry here in Albuquerque. Just this week we watched Brian Cranston, star of the most successful television series in recent imagination, make a point at the Emmy's to mention and thank the State of New Mexico.
As the local industry continues to blossom, ¡Cine Magnífico! has taken a central role as a platform for Latin American and Iberian films and filmmakers within the community. Alejandro Montoya Marin, a young filmmaker who wrote, directed and acted in two of our short films, is exemplary of the growing film community and types of talent the film industry is attracting to the area. Montoya Marin moved here five years ago from Texas specifically for work in film. His two shorts, "The Princess and the Musician" and "The Joneses", were both filmed here in Albuquerque. Montoya Marin, speaking about the artistic environment for local film here in the area, remarked that the growing industry supplements the increasingly commonplace ability for almost anyone to utilize technology and social media as a way to get involved. "More people need to tell their stories," he said hopefully. Having festivals like this will only help plant that seed of artistic inspiration into the hearts of our community. After all, the cinema is only as bright as the eyes in the audience. We are elated that the ¡Cine Magnífico! Albuquerque's Latino Film Festival has once again arrived, and cannot wait to share these films with all of you.