The Hola Mexico Film Festival On Its Way

Festival feature 2 international premieres, 3 US premieres and 9 LA premieres among its 13 narrative and 6 documentary feature f

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: April 9, 2013

The Hola Mexico Film Festival On Its Way

The Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by DishLATINO returns to Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive year, offering an array of the best recent narrative and documentary feature films by Mexican directors and/or production companies. The Hola Mexico Festival takes place at various locations in Downtown Los Angeles from May 15 - 22.

See www.holamexicofest.com for a complete schedule and ticket information. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/holamexicoff and on Twitter: @HolaMexicoFF.

With an enhanced mission to provide a complete cultural experience to its patrons, the Hola Mexico Festival will host three separate but complimentary components: the Hola Mexico Film Festival presented by DishLATINO; the Hola Mexico Food Festival, which will feature a live cooking extravaganza with five renowned chefs from Mexico; and at the intersection of film and music, the Hola Mexico Music Festival will showcase concerts and music themed documentaries featuring Celso Pi??a and Molotov.

The festival's new location in Downtown LA provides a state of the art movie experience for the increasingly popular event, keeping the film, food and music all within a close proximity.

The opening night film is Ciudadano Buelna (Citizen Buelna), directed by Felipe Cazals and features a star-studded cast that includes Sebasti?ín Zurita, Marimar Vega, Dami?ín Alcazar, Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Jorge Z?írate, Bruno Bichir, Tenoch Huerta and Enoc Lea??o. The film, which will be making its international premiere at Hola Mexico, tells the little known story of the Mexican revolution that could have changed the history of the emerging nation.

The charismatic Citizen Buelna remains hopeful and courageous, despite realizing the unfortunate fate of the revolution. Rebellious and mythological, Buelna is an icon of a generation of Mexicans whose ideals were untainted by the inadequate covenants crafted the war's victors. Today more than ever, Buelna represents that patriotic youth, who defended the foundations of their great country. Nearly a century later, Citizen Buelna returns to teach honesty and a search for the common good. Opening Night will take place at the Los Angeles Theater on Broadway, a stunning building with a long legacy of galas and Hollywood film openings.

All regular screenings will be screened at L.A. Live, the epicenter of entertainment and sports in Southern California, taking place at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14. Closing Night (as well as the entire Hola Mexico Food Festival) will be presented in collaboration with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, LA's premiere cultural center celebrating the contributions of Mexican and Mexican-Americans to the City of Los Angeles.

Featured among the Festival's 13 narrative and 6 documentary feature films are 2 international premieres, 3 US premieres and 9 LA premieres. Touching on an array of subjects, the official program showcases a nation in transition, with introspective analyses of important historic moments like the Mexican Revolution and the 1968 student massacre in Mexico City. The line-up also includes narrative and documentary features about Mexico's relationship with its neighbors, particularly the subject of immigration and the plight of Central Americans in Mexico headed for the U.S. border. The festival celebrates Mexico's rich music and film legacies, and showcases recent worldwide acclaimed films by some of Mexico's top directors.

Also in the gala programming is the international premiere of Suave Patria, a film by Francisco Javier Padilla and starring Hector Su?írez, Omar Chaparro and Adri?ín Uribe. ?ôscar and Arturo are two despondent actors, trying to counter unemployment with a street routine, where one plays a thief and the other a policeman. There they are discovered and "hired" to play a dangerous joke on a senior executive. In reality, it is a trap that forces them on the run from a commander seeking to indict them of kidnapping, under orders from an old rogue. The film's heroes must overcome this deception, find love and punish evil.

Hola Mexico also presents as a gala the LA Premiere of La vida breve y precoz de Sabina Rivas (The Precocious and Brief Life of Sabina Rivas), directed by Luis Mandoki and starring Joaqu?¡n Cosio, Greisy Mena, and Fernando Moreno. On the Mexican-Guatemalan border, two young Honduran lovers, Sabina and Jovany, happen to meet again after years without seeing each other. She has plans to get to the United States and dreams of being a great singer, while he is committing atrocious initiations in order to be accepted by the gang, la Mara Salvatrucha. Sabina and Jovany are faced with the most adverse conditions at the border, from white slavery, to Mexican and American immigration agents, to the brothel matron Do??a Lita, the Mexican Consul in Tec??n Um?ín, the drug trafficking networks, the army and la Mara Salvatrucha themselves.

The international premiere of Tlatelolco, Verano del 68 (Tlatelolco Summer of 68), directed by Carlos Bolado, is yet another exciting gala at the film festival. It tells of an impossible love story between two students living through Mexico 68, the controversial student movement of 1968. As the first developing city to host the Olympic Games, M?®xico City was under a magnifying glass. Under pressure from international organizations, authorities in Mexico would strive to embellish the city and give the world an image of stability. The students, however, protested the government through riots and demonstrations. It is an epic love story in a historical background that continues to generate controversy.

As retrospectives, the festival will include two Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions: from Mexico, Despu?®s de Luc?¡a (After Lucia), directed by Michel Franco, who won Cannes' Un Certain Regard top prize; and Uruguay's La Demora (The Delay) by Rodrigo Pl?í, an Uruguay/Mexico production. Lastly, Post Tenebras Lux (Light After Darkness) earned Carlos Reygadas the 2012 Award for Best Director at Cannes.

The festival culminates Closing Night event, "A Delicious Evening under the Stars," which aptly combines all three festival components. The evening will feature an outdoor screening of the documentary Celso Pi??a, The Accordion Rebel (Celso Pi??a. El rebelde del acorde??n), directed by Alfredo Marr??n Santander, with a musical performance by the legendary cumbia master Celso Pi??a, and desserts by Chef Jos?® Ram??n Castillo. The event will take place at Hola Mexico's collaborating institution LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes.

Celso Pi??a, The Accordion Rebel (Celso Pi??a. El rebelde del acorde??n) 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 developed his iconic musical style. As his career progresses, he develops his signature fusion of music genres and his infectiously danceable rhythms.

Ticket prices:
?À General admission tickets for regular film screening are $10.
?À Opening Night Fiesta Tickets are $25 (Before May 3), $30 (May 4 - 14) and $35 (at the door on May 15). Admission includes film screening and party with food and drinks (Must be 21 and over to drink alcoholic beverages).
?À Closing Night Screening and Concert are $30. Admission includes film screening and Celso Pi??a concert. Light appetizers and cash bar (Must be 21 and over to drink alcoholic beverages).
?À La Gran Parrillada tickets are $40. Admission includes Food, spirits and wine tasting.
?À Viva Mezcal tickets are $45. Ticket includes dinner with Chef Rodolfo Castellanos and Mezcal tasting.
?À DishLATINO Film Festival Pass is $160.00. The pass includes all festival films including opening and closing events.
?À Festival Pass is $190.00. It includes all film and Food events, excluding Viva Mezcal.
?À VIP Festival Pass $220.00. It includes all festival events and priority seating at regular film screenings.

Please visit www.holamexicofest.com to purchase tickets and obtain more information.

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