The Best of Mexico in Film, Food and Music

The Hola Mexico Festival takes place at various locations in downtown Los Angeles, May 15th to 22th.

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: March 8, 2013

The Best of Mexico in Film, Food and Music

The Hola Mexico Film Festival[/b] returns to Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive year, now offering an array of the best of Mexico in film, food and music. With an enhanced mission to provide a complete cultural experience to its patrons, the festival rebrands as the Hola Mexico Festival with three separate but complimentary festival components.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival, presented by Dish Latino, will screen the best recent narrative and documentary feature films by Mexican directors and film production companies. The Hola Mexico Food Festival will create a food showcase extravaganza featuring 5 renown chefs from Mexico cooking live for the event's attendees. At the intersection of film and music, the Hola Mexico Music Festival will showcase concerts and music themed documentaries featuring Celso Piña and Molotov, among others.

The Hola Mexico Festival takes place at various locations in Downtown Los Angeles, California on May 15th to 22th. See www.holamexicoff.com for more information.

In order to provide a state of the art movie experience, to accommodate the increasing popularity and; to hold the film, food and music events with relatively close distance to each other, the Hola Mexico Festival moves to downtown Los Angeles.

The opening night celebration of the Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by Dish Latino will take place at the Los Angeles Theater on Broadway, a stunning building with a long legacy of galas and film opening of Hollywood of yesteryear. All regular film screenings will take place at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14; L.A. Live is the epicenter of entertainment and sports in Southern California.

The Hola Mexico Food Festival and the closing night extravaganza will be presented in collaboration with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes; the city's premiere cultural center which celebrates the contributions of Mexican and Mexican Americans to the City of Los Angeles.

The Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by Dish Latino, the largest Latino themed film festival in Los Angeles and also the fastest growing in the USA will continue to showcase the best of recent Mexican cinema. The partial list of films in the official film program in 2013 includes:

The USA Premiere of Suave Patria (2012), a film by Francisco Javier Padilla, starting Hector Suárez, Omar Chaparro and Adrián Uribe. Óscar and Arturo are two actors without fortune surviving unemployment with a street routine, where one represents a thief and the other one a policeman. Thanks to that performance, they are "hired" to play a dangerous joke to a senior executive; although in reality is a trap that will lead them to be chased by Commander Narváez, who under orders from an old rogue will seek to indict them of kidnapping. Our heroes must face to the deception, find love and punish evil.

The Los Angeles Premiere of La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas (2012), directed by Luis Mandoki and starting Joaquín Cosio, Greisy Mena, and Fernando Moreno. In the Mexican-Guatemalan border, young teenage lovers, Sabina and Jovany, both Hondurans, accidentally meet again after some years without seeing each other. She plans to get to the United States and dreams about being a great singer; he commits all the required atrocities to be accepted by the gang: la Mara Salvatrucha. Sabina and Jovany are faced with the most adverse conditions at the border like white slavery, the Mexican and American immigration agents Burrona and Patrick, the brothel matron Doña Lita, Don Nico, the Mexican Consul in Tecún Umán, the drug trafficking networks, the army and la Mara Salvatrucha.

The Los Angeles Premiere of El Fantástico Mundo de Juan Orol (2012), directed by Sebastián del Amo. Orol is a biographical comedy of a key player in the history of Mexican cinema. It is the story of a Galician man who after many adventures arrives to Mexico and involuntarily becomes the creator of many film genres; a filmmaker for all audiences, with outstanding box office results and abominable critics. He earned the title "The King of B movies".

The International Premiere of Tlatelolco, summer of 68 (Tlatelolco, verano del 68) ÔÇô 2013. Directed by Carlos Bolado. The film narrates an impossible love story between two students who experienced the controversial student movement of 1968 in Mexico. Taking place in a city of great heroes and villains; it is also a story of love between two students of different social backgrounds. To be the first "third world" country to host the Olympic Games, México City is under a magnifying glass. Tension increases. Authorities strive to embellish the city and give the world an image of stability, but the fact is that a student movement confronts the government with riots and demonstrations. Characters converge in such context and are forced to deal with the natural confrontation of different positions and points of view. Moment by moment emotions flow and surprises emerge. An epic love story in a historical background that continues to generate controversy.

The Hola Mexico Music Festival will complement the film festival with live music events and showcasing music themed documentaries; among other exciting activities. One such films is Gimme The power (2012), a documentary by Olallo Rubio. Gimme The Power transports the audience to the historical context of living in Mexico today. Taking as a premise and focal point, the artistic trajectory of Molotov; it narrates at a fast and comedic pace the history of the band, and the tragicomedy of Mexican history itself, to which it is intimately connected. A country in permanent crisis, with a failed attempt to achieve true democracy, and a band that provides the soundtrack to the widespread discontent.

The Hola Mexico Food Festival will bring to Los Angeles five of the best chefs from Mexico, cooking live for a unique outdoor food tasting event at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. The invited chefs are:

Chef Aquiles Chávez, one of Mexico's notable celebrity chefs, owner of the restaurant La Fisheria in Houston, Texas, book author and host of his own TV shows, "El Toque de Aquiles" and "Aquilisimo"; broadcast all over Latin America.

Charismatic and Tijuana-born Chef Javier Plascencia is a fervent promoter of Baja Mediterranean cuisine. He is the Chef and owner of multiple restaurants in Baja California, and Southern California with his work featured by leading publications and various radio and television shows in Mexico and the US.

Chef Pablo Salas, owner of Restaurante Amaranta and the leading ambassador of traditional "Mexiquense" cuisine - from the state of Mexico where he was born. Amaranta has been named one of the best restaurants in Mexico by leading publications and Salas holds the title of Delegate by the Mexican Conservatory of Gastronomic Culture.

Multi-award winning Chef Rodolfo Castellanos is a leading force in contemporary Oaxacan cuisine. At his restaurant Origen he uses authentic Oaxacan ingredients, influenced by avant-garde techniques and foods from other countries; achieving uniquely an authentic, fresh and innovative cuisine that pays homage to the age-old tradition of his heritage.

Chef José Ramón Castillo is considered one of the world's leading chocolatiers and owner of "Que Bo! Chocolatería Mexicana Evolutiva." His work has earned praise by the leading culinary entities around the world. "Maximum Exponent of Mexican Cacao and Master Chocolatier" is one of the many prestigious titles he has received.

The festival culminates with the event "Closing Night - A Delicious Evening Under The Stars;" fusing all three festival components. The evening will feature an outdoor screening of the documentary Celso Piña, The accordion Rebel (Celso Piña. El rebelde del acordeón), a musical performance by the legendary cumbia master Celso Piña and; desserts by Chef José Ramón Castillo. The event will take place at our collaborating institution LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Celso Piña, The accordion Rebel (Celso Piña. El rebelde del acordeón) ÔÇô 2012. Directed by Alfredo Marrón Santander. The film investigates the rise of Sonideros and the establishment of Colombian cumbia in "La Indepe," the harsh neighborhood where Celso was born in Monterrey, and where he became the first musician to plays the catchy and danceable music in family celebrations. Later on, his advancing career features his signature fusion of music genres and awesome rhythms that have made everybody dance, including Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The Hola Mexico Festival takes place at various locations in Downtown Los Angeles, California on May 15th to 22th of 2013. See www.holamexicoff.com for upcoming information on schedules, venues and ticket availability. "Like" us on Facebook: at www.facebook.com/holamexicoff and follow us on Twitter @holamexicoff.

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