Hola Mexico Film Festival goes virtual

Hola Mexico Film Festival goes virtual

Hola Mexico Film Festival, the largest Mexican film festival outside of Mexico, proudly presents the Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre online film series.

Hola Mexico Film Festival has announced a new streaming option for fans of Mexican cinema. The service continues through June 1st. 

“We’re featuring movies from the past 20 years of Mexican cinema that are still not available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon or Pantaya. These are films that people have inquired about after seeing them at our festival, and which were never again shown in American movie theaters.”

Hola Mexico Film Festival founder and director Samuel Douek.

The online series continues this Thursday, May 28th with the documentary film Los Ojos Del Mar (The Gaze of the Sea). Directed by Jose Álvaraz, the film centers on Hortencia, a native woman from Veracruz with a troubling past, who begins a journey by sea and land to recover the testimonies and memories of a fishing boat’s crew, shipwrecked five years before in the seas of Veracruz. Little by little, the journey becomes an introspection about the meaning of life and death, constructed by the profound mythologies and desires of the people she comes across with.

View the trailer here.

The festival, which has been postponed until September 2020, wants to help give viewers a chance to see some of the best films that have come out of Mexico in recent years and serve as a reminder of how much Mexican cinema has grown in the past two decades.

Organizers of the Hola Mexico Film Festival will practice social distancing by offering this virtual theater experience before the 12th edition of Hola Mexico Film Festival presented in the fall. Viewers will have the opportunity to watch the best in recent Mexican cinema while staying safe at home.

“We’re talking about some of the best films to have come out of Mexico yet were never released in the United States, or if they did screen in the U.S., it was for a limited time, and they are certainly not currently available to view anywhere else.”

Samuel Douek, Founder & Director of the Hola Mexico Film Festival.

Hola Mexico Virtual Theater to include the following screenings:

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 28, Los Ojos del Mar– Dir. Jose Alvarez
May 29, Historias Del Desencanto– Dir. Alejandro Valle
May 30, El Cielo Abierto –Dir Everardo Gonzalez
May 31, Tiempos Felices-Dir- Luis Javier H.

*More films to be announced soon! With weekly screenings from Thursdays to Sundays.
Each one of the curated films will play for only twenty-four hours, and will include a pre-recorded Q&A session.

The price of “tickets,” aka the cost to screen each film, is only $4.99 and the proceeds of each “ticket” will be shared with the filmmaker. Support the festival, support the filmmaker.

Tickets for screenings of the Hola Mexico Virtual Theatre are available here.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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