If you’re spending Memorial Day Weekend in hotels by Hollywood Bowl you’ll have the opportunity to catch some great films at the 4th annual Hola Mexico Film Festival. More than 20 select films from Mexico will screen over seven days at the Ricard Montalban Theater on Vine Street in Hollywood. Over 15,000 guests and movie aficionados are expected to attend.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Goodbye Clichés” and “Hello Mexico.” The goal of the Hola Mexico Film Festival is to showcase the real Mexico and show what life in Mexico is like on a day-to-day basis, especially what is not seen on TV networks or news reports. Last year over 11,000 people attended the Hola Mexico Film Festival.
This year, the festival will open with “Dias de Gracia,” a film that has been praised among critics around the world for its stunning photography, acting and direction. The film follows a cop, a hostage and a family with a vengeance plot sends the entire world into a paralyzing frenzy. Following the screening on May 24, there will be a Fiesta at the theater to celebrate with Mexican filmmakers. To buy tickets, click here.
Two of Mexico’s box office hits “Aqui Entre Nos” and “Cristiada,” starring Andy Garcia and Eva Longoria will also screen during the festival’s seven-day run. For the first time this year, the festival will screen a Short Film program and a children’s matinee program called “Hello Children” especially for families and children.
Two sensational documentaries will be screened at the film festival this year, “De Panzazo” and “Felix-Autoficciones de unTrafficker.” “De Panzazo” paints a powerful picture of a Mexican classroom and what will happen in Mexican’s future if the education system remains unchanged. The film screens on Saturday, May 26 at 7pm and Monday, May 28 at 9:30pm. “Felix” is about a human-trafficker in Tijuana who tells his story as a smuggler through low-budget films. The documentary screens Saturday, May 26 at 4:30pm. For the entire list of films screening, click here.
Tickets to each film are $8 when booked online, and $10 at the door. A festival pass is available for $100. Student passes and tickets are available. Hope to see you at the movies this weekend!