?Adi??s Clich?s! !Hola Mexico!

The fastest growing Latino themed film festival in the USA will showcase the best of recent Mexican cinema

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: April 25, 2012

<i>?Adi??s Clich?s! !Hola Mexico!</i>

The 2012 Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) returns for the fourth consecutive year to Los Angeles, offering an impressive selection of nine narrative and four documentary feature films by Mexican directors and film production companies. Among them four USA premieres and eight LA premieres. Eight short films will also be showcased.

The 2012 Hola Mexico Film Festival takes place at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, California on May 24th to 30th. Follow HMFF on www.facebook.com/holamexicoff, on Twitter @HolaMexicoFF and YouTube.

!Adi??s Clich?s! !Hola Mexico! is the theme of the 2012 edition of the Hola Mexico Film Festival that, by showcasing an array of important subjects explored by the best of today's Mexican cinema, seeks to spark dialog and an introspective analysis of what it means to be Mexican in the 21st century and celebrate the contrasting reality of Mexico.

The collection of films at HMFF reflects those contrasts from the landscapes and history to the human experience in terms of class, economic status, sexual diversity, politics, age and dreams of a people that, at the crossroads of history, seeks to emerge from its own collective shortcomings.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival will showcase on the Opening Night Celebration on May 24th the USA premiere of the acclaimed film D?as de gracia (Days of Grace) directed and produced by Everardo Gout. Featuring impressive acting by a cast that includes Tenoch Huerta in the main character, its own visual language with a first rate photography and an intelligent juxtaposition of different times, the film depicts the reality of Mexico City like no other film has been able to until now. D?as de gracia (Days of Grace) has been embraced by critics everywhere since its showcase at the Cannes Film festival, Rolling Stone Magazine, for example, named it the best Mexican film in the last 10 years. World celebrities like Will.i.am, among others revere it as a unique filmic experience.

The Opening Night red carpet of HMFF has become legendary with A-list celebrities attending; in previous years Demian Bichir, Kate del Castillo, William Levy, Ana Claudia Talanc??n, and many others have attended the opening night celebration. It is the night where stars of Mexican Cinema including those living and working in Hollywood, Hollywood actors and starts in Latin music come together to celebrate the best works in Mexican cinema.

The narrative feature films program includes among them: the USA Premiere of Cristiada (For Greater Glory) with an all-star cast that includes Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O'toole, Ruben Blades and Eduardo Ver?stegui. Adi??s mundo cruel, (Good Bye Cruel World) by Dir. Jack Zagha will make its LA Premiere and will be showcased during the festival's closing night. See the complete list of films below.
The Documentary program will feature 4 feature length films including Mexico's top grossing films of late De Pan6a6o, (Barely Passing) directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola and the very controversial Agnus Dei: Cordero de Dios by the young director Alejandra S?nchez, winner of the Jos? Rovirosa Award to the best Documentary made in Mexico in 2011. The film tackles head on the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in Mexico.

"Perhaps unorthodox by film festival standards, we bring a rich selection of films premieres and a couple of films that have enjoyed commercial success in Mexico but have not been released in the USA", said Samuel Douek, founder and director of the Hola Mexico Film Festival. "Part of the unique experience that this film festival all about is that allows the Mexican community, that by choice or circumstance cannot return to their native country, but is eager to enjoy the same cultural and film experiences that their friends and relatives have had in their native land".

Seeking to make a tangible difference in the Latino community of Southern California, HMFF will continue its support for local non-profit organizations, and it will select 10 organizations that will receive an allotment of festival tickets to fundraise or distribute among the community they serve.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival runs from May 24th to 30th of 2012. All screenings will take place at the Ricardo Montalb?n Theatre (1615 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028). The schedule and times of films and the festival website will be unveiled soon. See www.facebook.com/holamexicoff for more information.

Complete list of films showcasing at the Hola Mexico Film Festival


D?as de gracia (Days of Grace)
Dir. Everardo Gout (M?xico 2011, 132 min, 35mm)
USA Premiere Estreno en Estados Unidos

Soccer World Cup, sacred times were everything is goes.
The entire world on a paralyzing vertigo.
A cop, a hostage, a family, vengeance... Thee ways to fight, in order to survive.
Applauded and heralded at the Cannes Film Festival, a movie that will keep you and hold you from its first minute, and will not let go.

Adi??s mundo cruel (Good Bye Cruel World)
Dir. Jack Zagha (M?xico 2011, 90 min, Digital)
Cast/Elenco: Carlos Alberto Orozco, M??nica Bejerano
Los Angeles Premiere Estreno en Los ?ngeles

Angel is a hard working accountant who really cares about his family, although his wife pays more attention to telenovelas than him. When Angel is fired from the job because of the economic slump, he must find a new way to earn a living. Angel, innocent and desperate, becomes unintentionally a member of a criminal gang. But, if his foray into the criminal underworld doesn't help his family, Angel will have to find another way to survive. Adi??s mundo cruel, (Good Bye Cruel World) is a creative comedy from Mexico that finds humor in a series of unfortunate events.

La otra familia (The Other Family)
Dir. Gustavo Loza (M?xico 2011, 135 min, 35mm)
Cast/Elenco: Luis Roberto Guzm?n, Jorge Salinas, Bruno Loza, Carmen Salinas
Los Angeles Premiere Estreno en Los ?ngeles

After being abandoned for three days by his crack-addict mother Nina, Hendrix, a 7-year-old child is rescued by Nina's best friend Ivana who leaves him to be cared for by a gay couple. La otra familia (The Other Family) is a story that confronts us with a moral dilemma about family, acceptance, discrimination, sexual diversity, human rights, but above all, make us think about who we really are.

El cielo en tu mirada (Heaven in Your Eyes)
Dir. Pedro Pablo Ybarra (M?xico 2011, 96 min, 35mm)
Cast/Elenco: Aislinn Derbez, Mane de la Parra, Jaime Camil
USA Premiere Estreno en Estados Unidos

After failing in his attempt to participate in the Festival of the Latin America song, Jos? (Mane de la Parra) meets April (Aislinn Derbez), who is a few hours away from getting married. The same day Jos? dies. On his way to heaven, he convinces his guardian Angel to return to life to meet his destiny, sure that his purpose in life is to participate in the festival and live happily next to April.

??Alguien ha visto a Lupita? (Have You Seen Lupita?)
Dir. Gonzalo Justiniano (M?xico, Chile, Germany, Argentina 2011, 86 min, 35mm)
Cast/Elenco: Dulce Mar?a, Carmen Salinas, Cristian de la Fuente

Lupita, a young Mexican girl, runs away from her family who want to commit her into a hospital. She will start a journey that will take us into a world that seems crazier than she is. With her sensuality, innocence and romanticism, Lupita invites us to think that the world can be experience in another way.

Aqu? entre nos (Just Between Us)
Dir. Patricia Martinez de Velasco (M?xico 2011, 95 min, 35mm)
Cast/Elenco: Jes??s Ochoa, Carmen Beato, Diana Garc?a, Giovana Fuentes
Los Angeles Premiere Estreno en Los ?ngeles

Rodolfo Guerra, father of three daughters, wakes up one morning and decides not to go to work; tired of being mistreated by his wife. The family routine is broken that day and Rodolfo realizes that he is a perfect stranger in his own home. Rodolfo knows that he is risking his job, yet he still takes the time to put the puzzle pieces together to discover many unknown truths that are present among his daily life.

El lenguaje de los machetes (Machete Language)
Dir. Kyzza Terrazas (M?xico 2011, 82 min, HD)
Cast/Elenco: Andr?s Almeida, Jessy Bulbo
Los Angeles Premiere Estreno en Los ?ngeles

Ray and Ramona are a young couple in their 30's. They hate the social injustice they participate in. Each within their own niche Ramona as a musician, Ray as an activist want to fight for a more just world. Devoted to self-sabotage, Ray fails in his rebellion and drags Ramona into a downward spiral that culminates in an act of poetic terrorism.

Cristiada, (For Greater Glory)
Dir. Dean Wright (M?xico/USA, 135MIN,
Cast/Elenco: Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, Peter O'toole, Ruben Blades, Eduardo Ver?stegui
Los Angeles Premiere Estreno en Los ?ngeles

What price would you pay for freedom? In the exhilarating action epic For Greater Glory an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country, as the film's adventure unfolds against the long-hidden, true story of the 1920s Cristero War the daring people's revolt that rocked 20th Century North America.

Ella y el candidato (The Candidate's Wife)
Dir. Roberto Girault (M?xico2011, 90 min, 35mm)
Cast/Elenco: H?ctor Arredondo, Roc?o Verdejo, Daniel Martinez
Los Angeles Premiere Estreno en Los ?ngeles

A presidential candidate sees how everything he treasures in his life is put at risk. He must decide between what he has always loved and what he has always desired, after all: Is there a greater enemy to love than power and ambition?


Agnus Dei - Cordero de Dios
Dir. Alejandra S?nchez (M?xico, France 2011, 87 min, DIGITAL)
Los Angeles Premiere Estreno en Los ?ngeles

Jesus was sexually abused by a priest when he was 11 years old. As an adult, he decides not only to denounce his aggressor but also to find him and confront him. This story reveals the impunity of the Catholic Church toward acts of pederasty committed by some of its members.

Cielo Abierto (The Open Sky)
Dir. Everardo Gonz?lez (M?xico, 2011, 100 min, 35mm)
Los Angeles Premiere Estreno en Los ?ngeles

First came the order, then a bullet, then silence. This documentary about Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, the voice of the voiceless in El Salvador, portrays the inevitable destiny of an announced crime and the beginning of the civil war. The film received the Journalist's Prize at the Guadalajara International Film Festival 2011.

De Pan6a6o (Barely Passing)
Dir. Juan Carlos Rulfo, Carlos Loret de Mola (M?xico 2012, 80 min, 35mm)
USA Premiere Estreno en Estados Unidos

?De Panzazo! (Barely Passing) is the true story of what happens behind the doors of schools in Mexico. It tells the stories of the students and what Mexico's future will be if we don??t change our education system today.

F?lix: Autoficciones de un traficante (Felix: Self-Fictions of a Smuggler)
Dir. Adriana Trujillo (M?xico 2011, 90 min, HD)
USA Premiere Estreno en Estados Unidos

Felix is a home-movie actor and human trafficker in Tijuana. Felix has lived through the transformation of "the line" that divides these two countries and has managed to tell his story through multiple low budget films in which he reveals his actions, strategies and methods. Felix: Self-Fictions of a Smuggler exposes, for the first time, the world of human trafficking from the eyes of a smuggler.


El trompetista (The Trompetist)
Dir. Victor Shuchleb (M?xico, 16 min)

Mirar atr?s (Looking Back)
Dir. Mafer Galindo Chico (M?xico, 2012, 12 min)

Dame posada (Give Me Shelter)
Dir. Cecilio Vargas Torres (M?xico, 2011, 5 min)

Dir. Hern?n C?zares (M?xico, 2011, 15 min)

Bordando la frontera (Embroidering the Border)
Dir. Rene Rhl (M?xico /USA, 2012, 27 min)

2 x 1 Historias en M?xico (2 x 1 Stories From Mexico)

Meko Seyane Un retrato de Pierre B. (Meko Seyane - A Portrait of Pierre B.)
Dir. Francois Mertens (M?xico, Belgium 2012, 53 min, HD)

Silvestre Pantale??n
Dir. Roberto Olivares (M?xico 2012, 65 min, HD)

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