Free public movies seem to be a dime a dozen this summer -- although most of the feature films are those favorite family reruns. But the four-week Film Fiesta series, sponsored by Arts & Venues at Su Teatro in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, takes a more serious turn by presenting contemporary Spanish-language films.
The series kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight with Nostalgia De La Luz, a somber Chilean film by Patricio Guzman set in the Atacama Desert, a unique locale known for Mars-like soil and terrain not only studied by NASA scientists, but known for its preservative qualities. In Nostalgia, women search the desert for the remains of long-gone relatives "disappeared" by the Pinochet regime -- alongside astronomers looking for secrets of life and the universe.
In keeping with the theme, Denver Museum of Nature and Science astrobiologist David Grinspoon will speak at the screening.
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