In only four years of existence, Hola Mexico has proven there is a voracious appetite for contemporary Mexican cinema in Los Angeles. This year the festival has scored a couple noteworthy coups – the US premiere of Dias De Gracia by Everardo Gout, an adrenaline fueled multi-linear action drama that screened last year in Cannes, and the International premiere of a film currently smashing box office records for a documentary theatrical release in Mexico, De Panzanzo! , a social advocacy piece about the public education system in Mexico directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Loret de Mola.
Another personal favorite of mine on the roster includes Kyzza Terrazas’ first feature, Lenguage de los Machetes. A fiercely drawn portrait of two anti-establishment artists in Mexico City who confront and conflict with political and biological forces that once fueled their creative expression and now threaten to drive them apart. Jessy Bulbo, real life rockstar, gives a commanding performance – I hope she comes and performs after the screening!
Hola Mexico Film Festival will take place May 24 – May 30 and all screenings will be hosted in Hollywood at the Ricardo Montalban theatre (across from Trader Joes off Vine). In all, thirteen feature length films (four documentary) and eight short films (under 65min). Full list of films and descriptions HolaMexico2012_PR_Program_Eng