Scene from Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)
"Hasta que la muerte nos separe" ("Till Death Do Us Part").

Damián Szifron’s work joins ArtsQuest’s Cinema Significa series celebrating Hispanic and Latin stories

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – ArtsQuest’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas’ (FBAC) “Cinema Significa…” Hispanic and Latin film series returns on Saturday Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. with a free screening of “Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes)” written and directed by Damián Szifron. The film will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Donations to benefit the Hispanic Center Lehigh Valleys Food Pantry will be accepted during this screening. Item collection boxes will be located on a table near the front entrance. Items to donate include personal hygiene products, culturally appropriate non-perishable food items 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 standalone 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" ("Till Death Do Us Part"). Wealth inequality serves as the intangible antagonist in each story to illustrate themes of catharsis, violence and vengeance woven through each 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 Darío Grandinetti. According to the writer/director four of the stories are loosely based on his own real-life experiences. The R-rated 2014 feature has won eight Plantino Awards, BAFTA Award, Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

The “Cinema Significa…” series is curated by ArtsQuest Cinema Committee member Alessandra Fanelli, an arts administrator and digital content creator based in Allentown. She also serves as a co-curator of the FBAC’s LGBTQ+ Film Series. “Cinema Significa…” strives to celebrate Hispanic and Latin stories and expand intercultural knowledge through dance, musical performances, movie screenings, Q&A panel 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. 

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