Independent films find a unique venue for viewing

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – From being a winner at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, all the way to a big screen at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, the classic independent film Nazarin by Luis Buñuel will roll for film buffs on Thursday night.

“It’s made during Buñuel’s Mexican years when he was living down in Mexico,” says Randall Gann of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Gann also adds that the experience is made all the more intimate by being viewed in one of the center’s three state-of-the-art theaters.

“The National Hispanic Cultural Center is a unique place to see films for a couple of reasons,” says Gann. “One is because it’s almost always a kind of art film instead of a first run Hollywood type of movie. Sometimes those are a little more interesting, you know, and certainly there’s a crowd that wants to go and see those.”

Organizers of the screenings say it’s not only important for them to host the films because they are works of art, but because of the tie they have to the community and the culture here in the state.

“We’re sitting here in this beautiful little theater right now and most of Albuquerque’s film community I would dare say has not been here and we want them to come here and see what a fantastic venue we have for showing films,” adds Gann.

Although admission for the movie is free, the National Hispanic Cultural Center does welcome donations. A ticket for entrance into the movie is required and the Center’s box office opens one hour before show time.

For more information on show times and ticket availability, visit the National Hispanic Cultural Center website.

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