On Thursday, April 19, at 7pm you can catch a free screening of the 2015 Spanish film La Novia at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street NW). Based on Federico García Lorca’s play Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), La Novia is set in the early decades of the 20th century when a multi-family, multi-generational blood feud is on the verge of being settled by a wedding uniting the two families. This screening is presented as part of Instituto Cervantes’ Espacio Femenino series. It is in Spanish with English subtitles. This is a free event, but seating is limited. Tickets can be picked up one hour before showtime (starting at 6pm) at the Bank of America Theatre box office. For further details go to nhccnm.org.
CineFesta Italia 2018 gets underway April 20 through 22. It all starts this Friday at 11:30am at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe (418 Montezuma Ave.) with the documentary Beyond the Border: The Story of Ettore Castiglioni. The film brings to life the story of famed mountaineer Ettore Castiglioni through the words of her personal diary. Admission to this film is free, as are many of the other screenings throughout the weekend. A selection of dramas, documentaries, comedies and fantasies is up for grabs (all in Italian with English subtitles). On Saturday the Santa Fe Film Office hosts a free film industry panel discussion moderated by CineFest’s creative director, Luca Ceccarelli. At 11:30am at the Jean Cocteau, select panelists tackle several topics of interest to filmmakers—including “How Dark Can We Go?,” a look at dark and post-apocalyptic themes in modern media. The festival comes to a head on Sunday, April 22, at 6pm with a screening of A Ciambra, Italy’s official 2017 submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. This neo-realist drama centers on a 14-year-old boy living on the poor side of a Calabrian town where frictions between Italians and the African community run high. This event takes place at Violet Crown Cinema (1606 Alcaldesa St.) and tickets are $12. For a complete list of films and events, go to cinefestaitalia.org
The New Mexico Film Office continues its Educational Speaker Series this Wednesday, April 25 with a talk about production assistants. Every set has them and every set needs them, but how do you get a job as a production assistant? Professionals in the movie industry clue you in on the different types of production assistants, what they do and how you can break into the film world as a PA. The talk takes place from 6 to 7pm at the Joseph Montoya Building (1100 S. St. Francis Dr.) in Santa Fe. Attendance is free, but space is limited, so you must RSVP in advance by going to eventbrite.com. For more information, and to get a glimpse at future ecucational speaker events, go to nmfilm.com/monthly-speaker-series.aspx.