HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL 2019

May 31- June 8 // Los Angeles, CA

Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the Montalbán Theatre, Regal Cinemas LA Live and LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes. The Opening Night Gala will be the LA premiere of LAS NIÑAS BIEN/THE GOOD GIRLS directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella. The film was recently awarded the Golden Biznaga at the 22nd annual Malaga Film Festival. 

opening night – movie & after party

Friday, May 31

7:30pm

Our 11th edition will open with the Los Angeles premiere of The Good Girls (Las Niñas Bien). The film, directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella, is a satirical critique of Mexico’s bourgeoisie class.  The event takes place at the Montalbán Theatre in the heart of Hollywood and is followed by a star-studded after-party.

Talented directors Alejandra Márquez Abella (“The Good Girls) and Lila Avilés (“The Chambermaid”) are both currently nominated for the Ariel Award for Best Director alongside some of Mexico’s most revered filmmakers. Their films tell stories of women from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum living in a society that, despite being decades apart, imposes specific expectations on them based on gender and class. These award-winning works have screened at countless international festivals showcasing the experiences of Mexican women from a unique perspective.  The conversation will focus on the current working conditions for women directors in the Mexican film industry and the stories these filmmakers are bringing to the foreground through their work.

Las talentosas directoras Alejandra Márquez Abella (“Las Niñas Bien”) y Lila Avilés (“La camarista”) están actualmente nominadas al Premio Ariel para Mejor Director junto con algunos de los cineastas más respetados de México. Sus películas cuentan historias de mujeres en extremos opuestos del espectro socioeconómico quienes viven en una sociedad que, a pesar de estar separadas por varias décadas, les impone expectativas específicas basadas en su género y clase. Estas multipremiadas cintas se han proyectado en innumerables festivales internacionales mostrando las experiencias de las mujeres mexicanas con una perspectiva única. La conversación estará enfocada en las condiciones de trabajo actuales para las mujeres directoras en la industria cinematográfica mexicana y las historias a las que estas cineastas están dando voz a través de su trabajo.

Hola Mexico Film Festival’s newest section, The Other Mexico, highlights the experiences of Mexicans rarely portrayed on screen. The four films included this year skillfully present perceptive narratives that challenge the status quo and bring stories about marginalized groups to the foreground. Directors Jorge Pérez Solano (“Black Mexicans”), Xavi Sala (“Guie’Dani’s Navel”), Francisco Laresgoiti (“Mist of Guilt”), and Lila Avilés (“The Chambermaid”) will share with Hola Mexico’s audience the importance of giving voice to these stories and the journey to do so in a respectful and authentic manner. Their films deal with the struggles faced by the Afro-Mexican population, indigenous people, underprivileged working class individuals, and the issues surrounding illiteracy.

La nueva sección del festival Hola Mexico, llamada El Otro México, destaca las experiencias de los mexicanos que rara vez se presentan en la pantalla. Las cuatro películas que forman parte de esta selección este año presentan de una manera inteligente narrativas perceptivas que desafían el status quo y colocan historias sobre grupos marginados en primer plano. Los directores Jorge Pérez Solano (“La Negrada”), Xavi Sala (“El ombligo de Guie’Dani”), Francisco Laresgoiti (“Niebla de Culpa”) y Lila Avilés (“La camarista”) compartirán con la audiencia de Hola México la importancia de dar voz a estas historias y el proceso para hacerlo de una manera respetuosa y auténtica. Sus películas tratan sobre las luchas que enfrentan la población afro-mexicana, los pueblos indígenas, las personas  de la clase obrera, y los problemas del analfabetismo.

Special Event

Thursday, June 6

9:00pm

To celebrate the 30 th anniversary of the influential Mexico City-based art rock band Santa Sabina, Hola Mexico Film Festival presents a screening of Rita, The Documentary,  a polyphonic portrait of Mexico´s 90s through the biography of the musician and actress Rita Guerrero (1964-2011).

 

Followed by a performance of Santa Sabina 30th Anniversary Live.

Closing Night – Movie & Concert

Saturday, June 8

Doors open at 6:15pm

Join us for an evening outdoors at La Plaza De Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles as we say goodbye to the Hola Mexico Film Festival with the film Mireyes Vs Godinez (8:30pm) followed by a concert by Sandra Echeverría (10:00pm) showcasing her latest album, ”Instinto”.

 

Special Event

Saturday, June 1st 

11:11pm

Get ready for a wild and horrific experience…if you’re into that sort of thing. One of the best acclaimed horror films in recent times and staring one of México’s most celebrated and distinguished actors, this supernatural thriller is sure to remind you to say a little prayer before going to be. That’s all we can say!

 

Part of the NOCTURNO selection of films.  

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¡Nos vemos en el cine!

The Largest Mexican Film Festival outside of Mexico, celebrating our 11th year.

May 31- June 8, 2019