FRANK BANKO ALEHOUSE CINEMAS SCREENS “WILD TALES”: Damián Szifron’s work joins ArtsQuest’s Cinema Significa series celebrating Hispanic and Latino stories | The Valley Register

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BETHLEHEM, PA – Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas by ArtsQuest (FBAC) “Cinema Significa…” The Hispanic and Latino film series returns Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m. with a free screening of “Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)” written and directed by Damián Szifron. The film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Donations to benefit the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valleys Food Pantry will be accepted at this screening. Item collection boxes will be located on a table near the main entrance. Items to be donated include personal hygiene products, culturally appropriate non-perishable food i.e. Goya, clothing and shoes in good condition. Tickets are free and can be reserved at or by calling the ArtsQuest box office at 610.332.3378.

“Wild Tales” is a collection of six independent short stories: “Pasternak”, “Las ratas” (“The rats”), “El más fuerte” (“The strongest”), “Bombita” (“Little bomb”), “La propuesta” (“The proposal”) and “Hasta que la muerte nos separe” (“Until death do us part”). Wealth inequality serves as an intangible antagonist in each story to illustrate the themes of catharsis, violence, and revenge woven through every narrative of Szifron’s work. The film features an ensemble cast including Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, and Dario Grandinetti. According to the writer/director, four of the stories are loosely based on his own real-life experiences. The 2014 R-rated feature won eight Plantino Awards, the BAFTA Award, the Goya Award for Best Foreign Language Film in Spanish and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

The “Cinema Significa…” series is curated by Alessandra Fanelli, ArtsQuest Cinema committee member, arts administrator and digital content creator based in Allentown. She is also co-curator of the FBAC’s LGBTQ+ film series. “Cinema Significa…” strives to celebrate Hispanic and Latino histories and expand cross-cultural knowledge through dance, musical performances, film screenings, question-and-answer sessions, and other educational components resulting from community partners.

Tickets are free and can be reserved at or by calling the ArtsQuest box office at 610.332.3378.

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas (FBAC) by ArtsQuest is a two-screen independent cinema located in the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The FBAC is currently open to public screenings and private rentals; more information on both can be found at

Information provided to TVL by:
Kelley Andrade, ArtsQuest
Public Relations Coordinator


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