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Mark your calendar for February 8th through the 16th, pull out your credit card and call 505.886.1351 to get your tickets before they are sold out. It's time to plan for a week of exciting activities to benefit the UNM Children's Hospital.

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The 7th Annual New Mexico Italian Film & Culture Festival of 2014 is just around the corner. The festival began in 2007 with a four day celebration with 12 films and a buffet. The event is now a product of the nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of the Children’s Hospital and to showcasing Italian cinema and culture in New Mexico.

From the website:

Now in its 7th year, the 2014 NM Italian Film & Culture Festival brings to The Land of Enchantment a great line-up of recent, award-winning and highly acclaimed Italian films in their local premieres. All films are in Italian with English subtitles and include a great mix of genres, from comedy to drama to romance. In addition, the 2014 festival will introduce a number of first-ever events and collaborative efforts – a gala musical performance and reception to kick off the festivities, an indoor bocce tournament, special pre-film features, and more. Also for the first time, we’ll have an Italian screenwriter/director as guest of honor and Director-in-Residence. Professor Demetrio Casile will extend the festival’s reach to area high schools, showing his inspiring new film and sitting down with students for stimulating conversations.

Preview one of the films here.Io Sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) In this award-winning, poignant and visually beautiful film, a melancholy young Chinese woman is transported to Italy by her gangmasters to work in a bar. Separated from her eight-year-old son, her heart is slowly breaking. Then she comes into contact with Bepi, sympathetically played by the Croatian-born star Rade Serbedzija. He’s an old fisherman who comes into the bar most days and appears to have no great hopes or illusions left in life, but is nicknamed "the poet" for his way with words. These two kindred spirits find comfort in each other. What develops is a gentle affair of the heart, but the relationship triggers tribal suspicion in both the Chinese and Italians.

If you want to enter the Bocce tournament you won't even need a partner - just sign up and you will be matched with another player.

This should be a great week of fun in Albuquerque - don't miss it. Invite your friends to join you and have a wonderful Italian experience and . . . Keep on Traveling!

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