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Hola Mexico Film Festival Announces Lineup Including Closing Night Event with Alternative Band Zoé

Hola Mexico Film Festival Announces Lineup Including Closing Night Event with Alternative Band Zoé

The eighth annual
Hola Mexican Film Festival, presented by DishLATINO,  the largest festival of cinema outside of Mexico, today announced
a partial lineup of the 2016 festival schedule including opening and closing
nights and four special showcase presentations. The festival runs May 13-22 with
all screenings taking place at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 Theatre, except for
closing night which will be at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Theatre in downtown
Los Angeles.   

This year’s festival will open with “Thin Yellow
Line” (La Delgada Linea Amarilla)  nominated
for 14 Premios Ariel Awards (Mexico’s “Oscars”). The film is a
story of smooth roads and bumpy rides, with unexpected twists and turns… like
life itself. Directed by Celso R. Garcia, the film stars Damián Alcazar,
Joaquín Cosio, Silverio Palacios, Gustavo Sánchez Parra. Confirmed to attend
the premiere are Cosio and Palacios as well as other special guests.

Additional showcase screenings
include “We Fulfill Your Dreams” (Ilusiones S.A.) directed by Roberto Girault and starring Jaime
Camil, Adriana Louvier, Silvia Mariscal on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM and “Mr.
Pig” with star Danny Glover to attend, on Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 PM.  

Closing the festival on Sunday,
May 22 is Panoramas,” a unique and introspective look inside one of Latin America’s
top alternative-rock music acts, Zoé. Members of band Zoé
will attend and perform a DJ set. This special event screening will take place
at LA Plaza Cultura y Artes Theatre located at 501 N. Main Street, downtown Los
Angeles. 

Also this year marks the first
time that films from a country outside of Mexico will be shown with special
presentations of two films from Chile – “Sin Filtro” and “El Bosque de Karadima”  

OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE – FRIDAY,
MAY 13 at 7:00 PM

Regal LA LIVE Stadium
14

“The
Thin Yellow Line” (La Delgada Linea Amarilla)

Dir. Celso R. Garcia

Cast: Damián
Alcazar, Joaquín Cosio, Silverio Palacios, Gustavo Sánchez Parra

Mexico 2015, 95 MIN

Five men are hired to paint the
yellow line of a road that will link two forgotten towns in Mexico. With less
than 2 weeks to cover over 200 kilometers aboard a ’76 pick-up truck, they will
discover that painting at a speed of 1 km/hour will teach them about the lines
between good and evil, laughter and despair, life and death. The challenges
they face will change their lives forever. The Thin Yellow Line is a story of
smooth roads and bumpy rides, with unexpected twists and turns… like life
itself. 

CLOSING NIGHT PREMIERE – SUNDAY,
MAY 22 AT 7:00 PM

LA Plaza
Cultura y Artes theatre located at 501 N. Main Street, downtown Los
Angeles. 

“Panoramas”

Dir. Rodrigo
Guardiola y Gabriel Cruz Rivas

Cast: Zoé

Mexico 2016, 90 MIN

A unique and introspective look
inside one of Latin America’s top alternative-rock music acts,
Zoé. “Panoramas” is a Cinéma Vérité-style portrait of
Zoé that takes you on a contemplative audio/visual journey through some of
the band’s most decisive moments.  A film crew accompanies the band
during a two-year period to provide us with an intimate behind-the-scenes look
at the band’s longest international tour to date, in their first real shot at
becoming well-known and “making it big” outside their home country of
México. The 15-year artistic career of Zoé completes its growth-cycle and
reaches full circle as the musicians arrive at the quintessential question all
bands face: What’s next?

 

MÉXICO NOW

“We
Fulfill Your Dreams” (Ilusiones S.A.) 

Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Roberto
Girault 

Cast: Jaime
Camil, Adriana Louvier, Silvia Mariscal

Mexico 2015,
90 MIN

“We Fulfill Your
Dreams” is a company that makes fantasies come to life. Made up of a group
of actors and led by a ‘Director’ (Jaime Camil), they create set-ups to
re-enact real-life circumstances for the good of people. 

For their latest job, they are
hired by Mr. Balboa to spend a week in the roles of a long-gone loving grandson
and his wife. Portrayed as an angel to his grandmother through fictitious
letters created by the elderly Mr. Balboa, the young man has in reality become
a villainous character. But things go awry for actors Mauricio and Isabel when
the real grandson turns up for a show-down with his grandparents.

“Mr. Pig” 

Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Diego
Luna

Cast: Danny
Glover, Maya Rudolph, Jose Maria Yazpik

Mexico 2016, 100 MIN 

Ambrose Eubanks (Danny
Glover), is an old-school pig farmer from California. After the family farm is
foreclosed, he sets off with Howard, his beloved (and very large) pig, on
a road trip to Mexico. 

Ambrose must figure out how to
smuggle “Howie” across the border and find him a new home. 

“In
Your Eyes” (A los Ojos) 

Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM and
Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 PM

Dir.
Victoria Franco y Michel Franco

Cast: Mónica
del Carmen, Omar Moreno, Benjamín Espinoza, Jacobo Najman

Mexico 2015, 96 MIN

Monica is a social worker from
Mexico City, a single mother whose child is suffering from a degenerative
illness of the eyes. Having exhausted all other options, a corneal transplant
is the child’s only hope. Overwhelmed by the ineffectiveness of the health
system and the scarcity of resources, Monica is driven to an extreme
solution… Found within the world of the street children. 

“The
Aparicios” (Las Aparacio) 

Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 PM  and Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 PM

Dir. Moisés
Ortiz – Urquidi

Cast: Ana De
La Reguera, María Del Carmen Farías, Liz Gallardo, Eréndia Ibarra, Damián
Alcazar, Joaquín Cosio, Paulina Gaitán y Tenoch Huerta 

México 2016,  

The Aparicios are a family made
up entirely of women, all cursed to become widows and to never bear male
children. At their ranch in Xico, in the state of Veracruz,
they discover the body of the first husband of an Aparicio
woman. This leads the Aparicios to search their past in an attempt to end
the ancient curse, and finally face their present

“Parallel
Roads” (Rumbos Paralelos) 

Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Rafael Montero

Cast:
Ludwika Paleta, Iliana Fox, Michel Brown, Arturo Barba

Mexico 2016, 

(Film in Spanish, no English
subtitles)

Rumbos Paralelos (Parallel Roads) tells
the emotional story of two young mothers whose lives change unexpectedly.

Silvia must suddenly confront
both her son’s illness and the abrupt discovery that she is not his biological
mother. Desperate to find a donor for a life-saving kidney transplant, Silvia
will seek out Gaby, the child’s true biological mother. The following actions
will put the power of maternity to the test and challenge life as a
whole. Are family ties made out of love? Or are they carried in our
blood? 

“Paradise
Lost” (Paraiso Perdido) 

Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 PM

Dir.
Humberto Hinojosa

Cast: Ana Claudia
Talancón, Iván Sanchez, Andrés Almeida

México 2016, 87 MIN 

Three friends are traveling by
sailboat through Caribbean waters, when they come across a
deserted paradise island and decide to explore it. What was supposed
to be one of the best weekends of their lives will turn into a tireless fight
for survival when they discover the island’s hidden secret.

“She
is Ramona” (Ella es Ramona) 

Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 PM and
Monday, May 16 at 5:00 PM

Dir. Hugo
Rodriguez

Cast: Andrea
Ortega Lee, Daniel Giménez Cacho, María Rojo, Leticia Huijara

México 2015, 83 MIN

Ramona is overweight,
with too many kilos and not enough luck. She remembers a
childhood as the victim of abuse at the hands of her mother, her sister,
and even her friends.  She was Big Belly Ramona, Big Eater Ramona,
Ramona the Pig.  Now an adult, things aren’t looking much
better. Her life seems to be crumbling. She gets fired for being fat;
when she seeks liposuction, her doctor rejects as a candidate for the procedure
because she is too overweight. Things begin falling into place, however,
when she stumbles across a Tarot café which sells the magic beetles that
will change her life.

“Elvira,
I would Give You my Life, but I’m Using It” (Elvira, Te Daria Mi Vida Pero La Estoy Usando) 

Thursday,
May 19 at 9:00 PM

Dir.
Manolo Caro

Cast: Cecilia Suárez, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Vanessa Bauche

Mexico
2015, 108 MIN

Gustavo, husband of Elvira, goes
out one night to buy cigarettes, never to return. Elvira, a 40-year-old mother
of two, begins a relentless search for the love of her life. Clues lead her to
the conclusion that her husband has kept a secret relationship.  The
unfortunate discovery will not stop Elvira in her mission of finding him.

“The
Chosen Ones” (Las Elegidas) 

Friday,
May 20 at 9:00 PM

Dir. David Pablos

Cast: Nancy
Talamantes, Óscar Torres

Mexico 2015, 105 MIN 

Sofia, 14 years old, is in love
with Ulises. Because of him, in spite of him, she is forced into a prostitution
ring in Mexico. To set her free, Ulises will have to find another girl to replace
her…

 

NEW VOICES

“Leaf Blower” (Sopladora de Hojas) 

Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 PM,
Monday, May 16 at 9:30 PM and Friday,
May 20 at 5:00 PM

Dir.
Alejandro Iglesias

Cast:
Francisco Rueda, Alejandro Guerrero, Fabrizio Santini

Mexico 2015, 96 MIN

Lucas, Emilio and Rubén are three
friends united in a special quest: to find a set of lost keys in a pile of dead
leaves. What appears to be a simple task will turn into a profound journey that
forces the teenagers to confront their fears: of letting go of the past, of
facing embarrassing truths, of taking risks… Of growing up.  This
afternoon, as trivial as it may sound, could change the course of their
lives.  Or maybe not.

“Amir”

Saturday, May 14 at 4:00 PM and Thursday,
May 19 at 5:00 PM

Dir.
José Paredes

Cast: Jorge
Guevara, Tania Niebla y Lirio Karina

Mexico 2015, 90 MIN

Amir, an aspiring musician, finds
himself drawn to Jeanette, a beautiful singer he meets during a night out on
the town with his friends. The attraction complicates his relationship with his
current girlfriend, Elizabeth, who is expecting his child. Amir will attempt to
work out his feelings towards his newfound love interest, music and maturity,
as adulthood forces him to make some challenging choices along the way.

“The Arrival of Conrado Sierra” (El Arribo de Conrado Sierra) 

Friday, May 20 at 9:00 PM

Dir. René Pereyra

Cast: Maite
Perroni, Joaquín Cosío, Susana Dosamantes, Ana González, Rocío García, Jessica
Mas

Mexico 2015, 120 MIN

In 1940’s “Torres
Mochas” (the city of Torreón, Mexico), the widow Doña Josefina and her
five spinster daughters await the arrival of a man aiming to marry the youngest
of the sisters. The local townspeople, excited at the prospect of one
of “Virgin Josefitas” finally marrying, prepare massive celebrations.
When the mysterious suitor finally appears, circumstances take an
unforeseen course. 

FOR THE CHILDREN

“The
Adventures of Itzel and Sonia” (Las Aventuras de Itzel y Sonia) 

Saturday, May 14 at 12:00 PM

Dir. Fernanda Rivero

Cast:
Arcelía Ramírez, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Joaquín Cosío, Bruno Bichir

Mexico 2016, 70 MIN

This film was made as part of
the “Cuéntamelo filmando” (“Tell it to me with the cameras
rolling”) workshop and was done with the support of 500 people from
10 rural communities in Mexico. 

Itzel, an 8-year-old girl, and
her best friend ‘Sonia the Frog’ will embark
on a mission to find the guardians of the water, before the
city’s supply runs out. With the help of her grandmother, they will search
in the most remote areas of Mexico, while a faceless being stalks
them.

“By My Mustache” (Por Mis Bigotes) 

Sunday, May 15 at 12:00 PM

Dir. Manuel Carames

Cast: Jesus
Ochoa, Santiago Torres, Fernando Becerril

Mexico 2015, 90 MIN

Though it
sounds unbelievable, little Ulises, at only nine years
old, has grown an enormous mustache from one day to the
next. So begins a series of extraordinary events for him, his mother and his
best friends. From this moment forward, all of them, along with a cast of very
curious characters, will find themselves caught up in a
very hairy adventure.

DOCUMENTARY

“Made in Bangkok”

Monday, May 16 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Flavio
Florencio

Cast:
Morgana Love

Mexico 2015, 75 MIN

Morgana is a Mexican transgender
opera singer with a relentless determination to assert her identity, despite having
to fight against social stigma and family prejudice. Her dream is to have
gender-reassignment surgery. Her only chance to make happen is by winning a
beauty pageant in Bangkok, and use the $10,000 cash prize to pay for the
surgery. The documentary embarks on Morgana’s journey with her, while providing
us with an intimate portrait of what it is to construct a long-dreamt-of
identity.

“Mexican
Fighting”
 (Lucha Mexico) 

Sunday,
May 15 at 7:00 PM

Dir.
Alexandria Hammond & Ian Markiewicz

Cast: 1000%
Guapo, Blue Demon, Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, Tony Salazar, Arkangel

México / USA
103 MIN

The ultimate look behind the
mask, LUCHA MEXICO documents the joyous spectacle of Lucha Libre wrestling,
which has thrilled Mexican fans for generations. The story follows
“El 1000% Guapo” (1000% Handsome) Shocker, one of the most
successful Luchadores of the modern era. His life is consumed by the need of
being in the ring. A supporting cast of fan-favorites further reveal the world
of Lucha Libre from the inside, with Blue Demon Jr. discussing life from behind
a legendary mask; the violent history of El Hijo del Perro Aguayo (the Son of
“The Dog” Aguayo); as well as veterans like Tony Salazar and
Archangel, as they pass on the secrets of the ring to a new generation of
fighters. These stars and others will shed light on the intense physical and
emotional challenges they must constantly face in order to stand inside
the ropes and thrill every last fan. With its unprecedented access to the top
Lucha performers and promoters, as well as other players of this grand
spectacle, LUCHA MEXICO steps into the ring to show us the great power behind
the mask, and leads us straight to the beating heart of Mexico. 

HOLA CHILE

“The
Church Of Karadima” (El Bosque de Karadima) 

Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 PM and
Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM

Dir. Matías
Lira

Cast:
Benjamin Vicuña, Luis Gnecco, Ingrid Isensee

Chile 2015, 98 MIN

Fernando Karadima, the pastor and
leader of the most powerful Church of the Chilean upper class from the 1980’s
to 2000’s, is considered a living saint. Thomas, a teenager in search
of his vocation, finds himself drawn to Karadima and accepts him as
a spiritual guide. For 20 years, Tommy will gradually be
subjected to physical and psychological abuse by the priest, until
he decides to speak out and confront both the charismatic priest and
the power networks that protect him, finally uncovering the real Karadima
hiding behind the investiture of God’s representative on Earth.

“No
Filter” (Sin Filtro) 

Wednesday, May 18 at 9:00 PM

Dir. Nicolás
López

Cast: Paz
Bascuñán, Ignacia Allamand, Paulo Brunei

Chile 2016, 100 MIN

Pía is on the verge of a nervous
breakdown: Her boss humiliates her, her husband ignores her, her stepson is
disrespectful, and her best friend no longer listens to what she says. 

Pía begins having strong chest
pains and, after trying many different healing methods, decides to undergo an
acupuncture treatment. The Chinese doctor discovers that Pía’s pain is caused
by repressed feelings, and, with an ancient technique, he “removes the
filter”. From now on, an uninhibited Pía will realize that the only way to
heal herself is to speak everything that comes to mind –  which won’t
always bring her the best results.

NOCTURNAL/GENRE

“Barrancas”

Saturday, May 14 at 12 Midnight and
Wednesday, May 18 at 5:00 PM

Dir. Juan De
La Peña

Cast: Diego
Sánchez, Esteban De la Isla, Ana Lucía Camacho, Julia Dávalos, Eduardo Romo,
Gustavo Gascón, Inés Vachez

Mexico 2016, 88 MIN

The owner of a huge house in the
woods, in the town of Barrancas, has a reputation for not paying his employees.
When the latest housekeeper goes missing, everyone simply assumes that yet
another employee has quit. Meanwhile, back in the city, the owner’s nephew
Mario is tasked with going to Barrancas to hand over the keys to the new
caretaker. Young Mario thinks it’s a good idea to secretly invite his friends
from college, as well as the girl he likes, out to the country house for a fun
weekend. What Mario doesn’t know is that this may turn out to be a very
dangerous idea indeed.

“The
Similars” (Los Parecidos) 

Sunday, May 15 at 9:30 PM and
Tuesday, May 17 at 5:00 PM

Dir. Isaac
Ezban

Cast: Gustavo
Sánchez Parra, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Humberto Busto, Carmen Beato

Mexico 2015, 89 MIN

In the rainy darkness of the
early morning hours of October 2, 1968, eight people are waiting in a remote
bus station in the middle of nowhere for the bus heading to Mexico
City. They’ll soon find themselves experiencing a strange phenomenon.

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