The ABQ-BernCo. Public Library returns to the historic KiMo Theatre for its annual Books to the Big Screen film series. The subject of this year’s series is British romantic novelist Daphne du Maurier. The literary action gets going on Thursday, Feb. 15 with the 1952 adaptation of My Cousin Rachel. Richard Burton stars as a young man who plots revenge against the beguiling woman (Olivia de Havilland) he believes married and murdered his cousin. On Friday, Feb. 16 it’s the 1959 version of The Scapegoat. Sir Alec Guinness stars as an English schoolteacher who meets his lookalike, a French count, and unwillingly swaps identities with him. Bette Davis co-stars in this twisty thriller. On Feb. 17, it’s Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film Rebecca. Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine star in this version of du Maurier’s most famous tale about a bride tormented by the memory of her husbands’ dead first wife. All films start at 7pm and are free to the public. The KiMo Theatre is located at 423 Central Ave. NW. For more info go to kimotickets.com.
Richard Bradford’s 1968 coming-of-age novel Red Sky at Morning is something of a New Mexico classic, relating the story of a young man whose family relocates from bustling Mobile, Ala. to tiny Corazon Sagrado, N.M. during World War II. The book was turned into a film in 1971 starring Richard Thomas, Catherine Burns and Desi Arnaz Jr. It was shot in the towns of Lamy and Truchas. On Thursday, Feb. 15 the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Bank of America Theatre celebrates this piece of local history with a screening of the film. This is presented as part of the theater’s Free Thursday Film Series. Seating is limited, of course. (The theater’s recent screening of Bless Me, Ultima was jam-packed.) You can pick up your free tickets at the box office (1701 Fourth Street NW) one hour before showtime (which starts at 7pm).
SANEsuite, a local “early stage” technology company that provides “technology solutions to help empower survivors of trauma (namely sexual harassment, assault and domestic violence)” is sponsoring a movie screening and discussion on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central Ave. NW). Starting at 1pm the theater shows the documentary film The Hunting Ground. This “startling exposé”—from the director of The Invisible War, Outrage and Derrida—exposes the institutional cover-ups of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses. With the after-film discussion, SANEsuite hopes to “raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence to high school and university student populations throughout the city.” Admission to this event is free.
Albuquerque’s Central and Unser Library (8081 Central Ave. NW) offers up a slightly less romantic book-to-screen adaptation than the works of Daphne du Maurier with its screening of It. Based on the 1986 horror novel by Stephen King, the story centers on a group of bullied kids battling a child-murdering clown in small-town Maine. The popular 2017 adaptation of King’s novel, directed by Andy Muschietti, screens from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Admission is free. This screening is intended for adults. You must be 17 or older to attend.