In a little more than a month, the 8th New Mexico Italian Film and Culture Festival returns to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It runs from February 8-15 in Albuquerque and February 5-7 in Santa Fe.
This festival is a marvelous event that celebrates Italian film, food, dance, art, and music at various locations in these two cities. All films are in Italian with English subtitles. The best of food and wine is available at some events. And, as a special treat, each film will be preceded by a short video art show highlighting the work of a New Mexico visual artist of Italian heritage.
There are three festival showcase films along with eight other extraordinary films, an opening gala, receptions, and other dining opportunities. Below is brief information about the three showcase films.
On February 6, one of the showcase films -“Salvo” – directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza – is screening in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. This crime thriller will be introduced by the Santa Fe Festival’s Director-in-Residence Luca Ceccarelli. “Salvo” won the Cannes Festival Grand Prize and Visionary awards.
On February 10 at The Guild in Albuquerque, the second showcase film is screening. Ettore Scola’s “Che strano chiamarsi Federico” (“How Strange to be Named Federico”) is a tribute to Scola’s friend, the renowned filmmaker Federico Fellini. Scola was nominated for the Best Director award in the 2014 David di Donatello event (Italian Oscars). Guest director Fulvio Ottaviano, himself a Donatello winner and a friend of Scola’s, will introduce this film.
On February 13 at The Guild, Paolo Virzì’s “Il Capitale Umano” (“Human Capital”) screens. It is the winner of the 2014 David di Donatello award for Best Picture, and was Italy’s Official Entry in the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category.
“A film of this stature, with 38 awards and counting, is a first for the festival and it’s sure to be a sell-out,” said Dan Puccetti, who chairs the festival’s film selection and acquisition committee.
The Italian Festivals of New Mexico is a nonprofit organization that presents entertaining and inspiring Italian culture while at the same time raising funds for the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. So far, this Festival has raised almost $200,000 for the UNM Children’s Hospital.
“Our goal for 2015 is to give the Hospital $30,000,” notes the festival’s managing director, Maria Arancio Berry. “We’re constantly challenging ourselves to make each festival more successful than the last through the selection of exceptional films with broad appeal and through the production of unique events with delicious food and outstanding talent that will leave you eagerly anticipating next year.”
Tickets for the events in Albuquerque begin at $10 for a single film. One can also purchase an Albuquerque All Festival Pass at $240.00 ($75 tax deductible) and this includes all films and activities (including dining events) in Albuquerque. For $130 ($20 tax deductible), the Albuquerque Feste & Films Pass can be purchased and includes La Festa dell’Amore, La Festa Finale, and 6 films.
Tickets for the events in Santa Fe also begin at $10 per single film. An All Event Pass for Santa Fe events is $135 ($35 tax deductible) and includes all films and dining events in that region.
Information on ticket purchases is available on the website or by calling 505-886-1251 or Toll Free at 877-466-3404. Here is a link to the home page of the festival’s website.
More articles will follow as it gets closer to the festival dates.