Hola Mexico Film Festival 2011 Official Film Selection
SHOWCASING THE BEST OF RECENT MEXICAN CINEMA,
THE 2011 EDITION OF THE HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL
ARRIVES IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA WITH THE THEME:
MEXICO, A PLACE LIKE THE MOVIES!
The Opening Night Screening of the festival features the now legendary red carpet with Hollywood and Mexican film stars, and the USA Premiere of ACORAZADO, a film directed by Álvaro Curiél
The 2011 Hola Mexico Film Festival takes place at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, California on May 19th-25th
Los Angeles, California (April 20, 2011) - The 2011 Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) arrives for the third consecutive year to Los Angeles, California, bringing a sample of the exciting Mexican film industry of recent years and showcasing its rich diversity. HMFF offers a selection of 9 narrative and 3 documentary feature films by Mexican film production companies and directors, including 3 USA premieres and 5 Los Angeles Premieres. The 2011 Hola Mexico Film Festival takes place at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, California on May 19th-25th. See www.HolaMexicoFF.com for more information.
Mexico has always been a country of contrasts, a land where the incredible happens every day. Some of the most gorgeous places in the world are in Mexico, but the county also has many unresolved problems. Nowadays, Mexico is a place like the movies! The Hola Mexico Film Festival showcases reality as seen through the eyes of the talented Mexican film directors. Mexico, a place like the movies! (¡México está de película!) is the theme of the 2011 edition of HMFF and celebrates the contrasting multiple faces and the reality of Mexico, from the landscapes and history to the human experience in terms of class, economic status, sexual diversity, age and dreams. The reality of Mexico indeed, can be explained by its recent films.
The Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles starts on Thursday, May 19th with the USA premiere screening of Acorazado, directed by Álvaro Curiél; with acting performances by Silverio Palacios and Laura de la Luz. Filmed in Cuba and Mexico, the film tells the odyssey of unemployed Silverio Palacios who leaves Mexico in search of the American Dream. Convinced that it’s nearly impossible to cross the border like everyone else, he impersonates a Cuban refugee and sails to Miami on a handmade raft! To his surprise, instead of reaching Miami, he arrives in Cuba but the island is not ready for the witty and crafty Mexican. Winner of the Morelia Film Festival Audience Award, the film masterfully generates both laughter and reflection. The opening night of HMFF also features a red carpet that has become legendary for its A-list celebrities participating. 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.
Among the highlights of HMFF, Carlos Carrera’s new film DE LA INFANCIA (FROM CHILDHOOD) and EL INFIERNO (HELL) by Luis Estrada, starting: Damian Alcazar and Joaquin Cosio; make their USA Premiere. The festival will also have directors and actors from selected films as special guests to present their work and offer Q&A sessions after the screenings.
HMFF Director and Founder, Samuel Douek said: “I envisioned a much more ambitious program for 2011, beyond just screening great quality films, the festival will join forces with various non-profit organizations and each will receive a significant amount of tickets to fundraise for their specific causes.” He continued: “The Hola Mexico Film Festival will showcase a celebration of Mexican Cinema while making a positive difference in the lives of Mexicans and Latinos in Southern California.”
The nonprofit organizations confirmed to participate to date are: Peace over Violence – with a new project that helps undocumented and immigrant Latinas emerge from domestic abuse, Homeboy Industries – Works to reincorporate youth into society with job training and job opportunities, Mujeres de la tierra – A women’s group that seeks to protect the environment and increase green spaces in south central LA, The Wall Las Memorias Project – is dedicated to promoting wellness and preventing illness among Latino populations affected by HIV/AIDS by using the inspiration of The AIDS Monument as a catalyst for social change, Frijoliwood – provides opportunities for Latin filmmakers in the US entertainment industry, Anahuak Youth Sports Association – It provides sports programs and activities to children in low income households, William C. Velasquez Institute – The Institute seeks to increase the politic and economic participation of Latinos in the USA, The Los Angeles Youth Network – Empowers abused, neglected and homeless adolescents to become self-sufficient, UCLA Latino/a Caucus – It hosts the Social Services in the Latino/a Community Conference, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts – It presents classic Spanish language drama and contemporary plays on Hispanic themes to English and Spanish speaking audiences, Bienestar – the agency offers health and well-being programs for the Latino community and other underserved communities and, Nosotros – It serves as an incubator to help Latinos who are pursuing a career in the Entertainment Industry.
Another noticeable change this year that gives the moviegoers a better festival experience is the new venue: the Ricardo Montalban Theatre will become the Temple of Mexican Cinema; going beyond the movies and into the land of Tequila, Beer, and Mexican food. The theater is located at 1615 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028. The HMFF in Loa Angeles runs from May 19th to 25th of 2011. Tickets are $9.00 for all screenings and can be purchased online at www.holamexicoff.com and at the theater box office. Deeply discounted tickets will also be made available at FAMSA stores across Los Angeles. Media accreditations requests can only be submitted online at http://bit.ly/HMFF11. Due to space limitations for the opening night red carpet, we encourage you to submit promptly your accreditation request.
The 2011 Hola Mexico Film Festival is sponsored by LA WEEKLY, Pantelion Films, Tequila Milagro, La Opinion, Exitos 93.9, The Walt Disney Company, Dish Latino, CINE LATINO, Mexico Tourism Board, and SECRETARÍA DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES DE MÉXICO
HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL 2011 OFFICIAL FILM SELECTION
Silverio Palacios, a failed former union member from Veracruz, Mexico, decides to make his old friend Alacrán’s dream come true, by sailing to Miami in search of the American Dream. Convinced that it’s completely inefficient to cross the border to become one of millions of Mexican fugitives, Silverio transforms his old abandoned taxi into a raft that will take him across the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Coast. A passionate speaker of senseless speeches, Silverio prepares the most important one yet in his life when he tries to convince the American Government to accept a political refugee, fleeing from communism and risking his life in search of freedom and a better opportunity. A turn of events transforms Alacrán’s dream into a new reality. Silverio improvises a desperate speech in front of a Cuban Government who watches the arrival of the first Mexican fleeing the Capital System to seek refuge in the last socialist country in the continent, as very unlikely.
Q + A with Talent
ASALTO AL CINE (THE CINEMA HOLD UP)
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE (2011)
DIR. IRIA GÓMEZ CONCHEIRO
CAST:GABINO RODRIGUEZ, JUAN PABLO DE SANTIAGO, ANGEL SOSA, PAULINA AVALOS
Feature Narrative – Drama
An in depth story from a forgotten social class in Mexico. THE CINEMA HOLD UP tells the tale of four youngsters: Negus, Chale, Sapo and Chata. Friends since childhood, the teenagers come from a block of flats in Mexico’s Guerrero colony and have too much time on their hands. They start toying with the idea of robbing a cinema. Each has a different problem and finds his own reason to go ahead with the heist. The adventure brings them into a head-on clash with their lives and threatens the only thing they have: their friendship.
Q + A with Talent
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE (2010)
DIR. FELIPE CAZALS
CAST: DAMIAN ALCAZAR, DANIEL MARTINEZ, BRUNO BICHIR, TENOCH HUERTA
A masterpiece from Felipe Cazals, one of the most important directors in Mexico. Following the frustrated invasion of Columbus in New Mexico, Pancho Villa retreats, only to be injured by Mexican troops in the city of Guerrero. As a pretext for the US military to journey into Mexico, a massive campaign is launched to capture Villa dead or alive. Convalescent, Villa takes refuge deep in the mountains while Chicogrande (Damián Alcázar), an anonymous Mexican Revolution hero, is given the task of finding medical assistance while risking his life in the attempt.
DE LA INFANCIA (FROM CHILDHOOD)
USA PREMIERE (2010)
DIR. CARLOS CARRERA
CAST: DAMIAN ALCAZAR, GIOVANNA ZACARIAS
The new film by one of the brightest directors from Mexico, Carlos Carrera.
Niebla, a teen gang member, is killed in a shootout with the police, and his ghost returns to the past to help ten-year old Francisco, a victim of constant abuse and beatings from Basilio, his father. Niebla protects Francisco from his father and accompanies him during his first experience with love. Feeling protected, Francisco will manage to rebel against his father’s oppression.
2010 CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-AUDIENCE AWARD WINNWER; 2010 WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL-ECUMENICAL JURY AWARD-SIGNIS PRIZE
The film that went all out to satirize Mexico's current situation. A BOX OFFICE HIT!
Benjamin Garcia, Benny, is deported from the United States. Back home and against a bleak picture, he gets involved in the narco business, in which he has for the first time in his life, a spectacular rise surrounded by money, women, violence and fun. But very soon he'll discover that criminal life does not always keeps its promises. An epic black comedy about the Mafia world and organized crime, HELL helps us understand what everybody is asking: What is happening in Mexico today?
LAS MARIMBAS DEL INFIERNO (MARIMBAS FROM HELL) (2010)
DIR. JULIO HERNANDEZ CORDON
CAST: DON ALFONSO, BLACKO, CHIQUILIN
Heavy Metal is more than just a music genre.
Don Alfonso plays marimbas, the traditional Guatemalan instrument. He faces the population's lack of interest for his instrument, considered outdated and old fashioned. Blacko is a pioneer of the Heavy Metal Guatemalan underground stage. He also is also a doctor in the public hospital but nobody wants to be treated by him because of his long hair and his tattoos. When Don Alfonso and Blacko meet each other and decide to combine their talents and create a brand new project called Marimbas from Hell, they could never have imagined all the reactions they would provoke among the population.
2010 MORELIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL-BEST MEXICAN FEATURE FILM
PRESUNTO CULPABLE (PRESUMED GUILTY) (2010)
DIR. ROBERTO HERNANDEZ, GEOFFREY SMITH
Feature Documentary, Drama
Presumed guilty is an incredible story, you must see it to believe it! A BOX OFFICE HIT!
In December of 2005 José Antonio Zuñiga Rodríguez was snatched off the street in Mexico City by the police, brutally interrogated for a crime he had nothing to do with, and finally sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of a man he never met. With unprecedented access to the prison and court systems, lawyers Roberto Hernandez and Layda Negrete capture all the mind-boggling and infuriating elements of Zuñiga’s retrial, as he attempts to prove his innocence in the face of reckless administrators, dishonest investigators and an abominable justice system in which every suspect is presumed guilty.
Los Angeles Film Festival, 2010-People’s Choice Award for Best International Documentary; Festival Binacional de Cine de El Paso-Juárez 2011-Best Film; Dubai International Film Festival 2010-Best Film Human Rights Film Network Award; Warsaw Human Rights Film Festival 2010-Audience Award; Guadalajara International Film Festival, Mexico 2010-Best Feature Film Documentary; Morelia International Film Festival,Mexico 2009-Best Feature Film Documentary; San Francisco International Film Festival, 2010-Golden Gate Best Bay Area Documentary; East End Film Festival, Londres 2010-Best Feature Film Documentary; One World Media, Londres 2010-Best Feature Film Documentary; Documental Madrid, Spain 2010-Best Documentary Film and People’s Choice Awards.
SEGUIR SIENDO; CAFE TACVBA
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE (2010)
DIR. ERNESTO CONTRERAS, JOSE MANUEL CRAVIOTO
Cast: Rubén Albarrán, Emmanuel del Real Díaz, José Alfredo Rangel Arroyo, Enrique Rangel Arroyo
The story of one of the most influential rock bands of our generation; Cafe Tacvba. A rock band travels around different latitudes of earth, among planes, trucks, hotels and dressing rooms, we discover the creative process that unites them, the friendship, problems, frustrations and their desire of continue being a rock band, in the year they reach twenty years of being Café Tacvba.
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE (2010)
DIR. JORGE COLON
CAST: LUIS ROBERTO GUZMAN, LOLA DUENAS, ZURIA VEGA, PAOLA NUNEZ
From the director who brought you Cansada De Besar Zapos. A BOX OFFICE HIT!
Jorge Colon's SIN ELLA shows us how much a family member can guide the values and lives of the others, even when absent. Set in present-day Mexico City, the story follows Gastón (Luis Roberto Guzmán), a successful TV producer who has to learn how to be a good dad for his teenage daughter and younger son after an accident, which challenges the family not only to cope with the pain of the tragedy but also to improve their lives. With outstanding performances by all cast members and an attractive soundtrack, this drama and its dose of magical realism are bound to make its audience reconsider what family truly means.
SOMOS LO QUE HAY (WE ARE WHAT WE ARE)
LOS ANGELES PREMIERE (2010)
DIR. JORGE MICHEL GRAU
CAST: FRANCISCO BARRERIO, ALAN CHAVEZ, PAULINA GAITAN
Feature Narrative, Horror
A middle–aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge – how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies… and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they sate their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge… But without human meat the family will die. Shocking, bloody and deeply moving, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is a remarkable reinvention of the horror genre – a visceral and powerfully emotional portrait of a family bound by a terrible secret and driven by monstrous appetites.
Official Selection Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Cannes 2010
Laura lives in the largest city in the world, and yet she feels alone. At 23 she knows the exact date she will die - April 30th. In an effort to figure out what she wants to do until then, she joins a group of optimists. With their help, she makes a list of things she wants to do. The first thing on her list is a tall order: to save a life. Starring Kuno Becker ("Goal"), Martha Higareda ("Amar te duele") and Academy Award nominated Actress Adriana Barraza ("Babel").
Dir. FRANCESCO TABOADA TABONE
CAST: TAN, MANUEL "LOCO" VALDEZ, GASPAR CAPULINA, TONGOLELE
A story about one of the most important icons in Mexican cinema history.
His improvisation genius revolutionized the Mexican film industry. His talent as an actor, singer, dancer and comedian contributed to the establishment of the Mexican golden age era of cinema. From "El HIjo Desobediente" to "Capitan Mantarraya", from Juarez to Habana, from Mambo to Rock, Tin Tan's legacy stands today as one of the biggest icons of Mexican cinema. The film depicts Tin Tan story told as never before by the people who knew him the better.