The New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival (formerly the NM Italian Film Festival) has become an Albuquerque tradition. The 8th annual festival will run again from Tuesday, February 16 through Sunday, February 21, 2016. The annual fundraiser for the UNM Children's Hospital presents the best of contemporary Italian cinema along with many of Italy's most celebrated cultural elements. Expect food, art, music, tradition and more.
In Albuquerque, the festival will open with a special event at Scalo Northern Italian Grill beginning at 5 p.m. The kickoff reception will give guests the chance to join members of the board of Italian Festivals of New Mexico and meet and greet honored guests from Los Angeles, to include Antonio Verde, Consul General of Italy, and Valeria Rumori, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute. The kickoff includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and a kickoff film at the Guild Theater. .
The rest of the week will feature Italian films and special events. The festival's closing event, La Festa Finale, will consist of a film followed by food, beer, music and wine at Scalo's. Films will be screened through the week at the Guild Cinema in Nob Hill.
All the films showcased at the festival are in Italian with English subtitles. The films are a mix of genres, including comedy, romance and drama. The films feature the stars and directors of contemporary Italian films as well as some Italian film classics. Many have won and been nominated for top cinema prizes.
All net proceeds for the festival benefit the New Mexico Children's Hospital.
Events listed are for 2016 in Albuquerque.
Kickoff Event: February 16
The opening reception for the Italian Film Festival, takes place at 5 p.m. at Scalo's. The film, Happy Family, will screen at the Guild Cinema at 7 p.m. The film is Ti Ricordi Di Me? (Remember Me?)
The film La Mia Classe (My Class) will screen at 7 p.m. at the Guild Cinema. The film within a film features a docu-drama about a teacher and a group of immigrants learning Italian as a second language.
A drama and fantasy about two sisters whose father mysteriously disappeared 30 years ago will be shown at the Guild at 7 p.m.
The black comedy La Mafia Uccide Solo D'Estate (The Mafia Only Kills in Summer) will be screened at the Guild at 7 p.m.
At 2:30 p.m. at the Guild, Uno Su Due (One Out of Two) will screen, followed by Viaggio Sola (A Five Star Life) at 7 p.m.
Final Event: February 21
Viva La Liberta (Long Live Freedom) will screen at 3:30 p.m. Then walk across the street from the Guild to Scalo's for a "Big Night" of food, wine and more.
For tickets and to find out more, visit the Italian Film & Culture Festival.