June 7, 2020 update:
The Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre, presented by the Hola Mexico Film Festival, has been extended for a few dates thanks to the event’s popularity.
In support of the African American community, LA NEGRADA is being showcased this weekend. Tickets are only $2.99 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This film was shot entirely in small towns throughout Oaxaca’s gorgeous Costa Chica, and it is the first Mexican fiction film to portray the country’s black population.
Additional upcoming screenings are:
June 11 – VUELVE A LA VIDA – Dir. Carlos Hagerman
June 12 – HELI – Dir. Amat Escalante
June 13 – PARAISO – Dir. Mariana Chenillo
June 14 – ABEL – Dir. Diego Luna
I recently watched ABEL, an adorable story about a boy who returns home after a long stay at a psychiatric ward. He doesn’t speak, until one morning when he decides to become the family’s father figure. You’ll see this little man acting like an old one, talking to his mother as if she is his wife and to his siblings as if they are his children. There are many humorous moments, and also scenes that will pull on your heart strings. I enjoyed this film and recommend it.
The movies screening from June 11 to 14 will cost $4.99. The proceeds will be shared with the filmmaker.
Original article posted on May 17, 2020:
The Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre, an online film series version of the Hola Mexico Film Festival (HMFF), is starting this Thursday, May 21, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, organizers of the HMFF are practicing social distancing by offering this virtual experience before the actual 12th edition of HMFF, which is planned for September. Viewers will have the opportunity to watch the best of recent Mexican cinema while staying safe at home.
One of the movies participating is Los Ojos del Mar, directed by Jose Alvarez, which documents the efforts of a woman to pay tribute to a group of fishermen who disappeared at sea in the Gulf of Mexico in 2011. It’s presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Los Ojos del Mar will be screened for 24 hours on May 28.
The Hola Mexico Virtual Theater will also screen the following films:
May 21, Los Parecidos – Dir. Isaac Ezban
May 22, El Estudiante – Dir. Roberto Girault
May 23, Revolucion– Directors- Mariana Chenillo, Fernanda Eimbcke Amat Escalante, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo Garcia, Diego Luna, Gerardo Naranjo, Rodrigo Plá, Carlos Reygadas, Patrica Riggen
May 24, Oso Polar– Dir. Marcelo Tobar
May 29, Historias Del Desencanto– Dir. Alejandro Valle
May 30, El Cielo Abierto –Dir Everardo Gonzalez
May 31, Tiempos Felices-Dir- Luis Javier H.
Each one of the curated films will play for only twenty-four hours and will include a pre-recorded Q&A session.
The cost to screen each film will be $4.99 and the proceeds will be shared with the filmmaker.
Tickets for screenings of the Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre are available HERE.