The HOLA MEXICO FILM FESTIVAL SUMMER TOUR brings you 10 of best Mexican Films that appeared during the 2016 Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Don’t make any other plans for the weekend of August 26-28!
Want to see all TEN? Buy a festival pass for $100 to have access to all 10 films. Click here to buy your Hola Mexico Pass (if you get one, your pass will be held at the box office.) Individual tickets are $12.
Here’s all 10 Mexican movies!
Friday, 8/26 @ 7pm
Directed by Diego Luna.
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.
I Promise You Anarchy
Friday, 8/26 @ 9:30pm
Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón.
I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY follows two teenage lovers in Mexico City who become embroiled in the city’s illegal, narco-run blood trade. Newcomers Diego Calva and Eduardo Martínez Peña, non-actors the director found on Facebook, give outstandingly honest and committed performances as young lovers Miguel and Johnny.
Saturday, 8/27 @ 3pm
Directed by Rafael Montero.
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.
Saturday, 8/27 @ 5pm
Directed by Alejandro Iglesias.
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.
Elvira, I Would Give You My Life, but I’m Using It
Saturday, 8/27 @ 7pm
Directed by Manolo Caro.
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.
Mexico, 2015, 108 min.
Saturday, 8/27 @ 9:30pm
Directed by Isaac Ezban.
A Q&A via Skype with director Isaac Ezban will follow the screening!
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.
Sunday, 8/28 @ 2pm
Directed by Moisés Ortiz-Urquidi.
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.
Made in Bangkok
Sunday, 8/28 @ 4:15pm
Directed by Flavio Florencio.
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, while providing us with an intimate portrait of what it is to construct a long-dreamt-of identity.
In Your Eyes
Sunday, 8/28 @ 6pm
Directed by Victoria Franco and Michel Franco.
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.
Sunday, 8/28 @ 8:30pm
Directed by Humberto Hinojosa.
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.
RoxCine is the Roxie’s Spanish-language film program. RoxCine features new releases, repertory programming, and special series and retrospectives, and is funded in part by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.