Panoramas, which focuses on the band Zoé, closes this year’s Hola Mexico Film Festival on May 22.
The eighth edition of Hola Mexico Film Festival is now underway in downtown Los Angeles through May 22. This year’s edition features 22 films.
In an exclusive with Living Out Loud – Los Angeles, festival founder Samuel Douek talks about what this year’s festival offers and how the festival has evolved over the years.
“I feel very happy. The festival has grown due in part due to the growth of Mexican cinema as a whole, and both the Mexican people as well as the public here in L.A. have been extremely supportive of the festival. It always attracts a lot of people, and they all just want to watch some movies and have a good time. We hope this year will be the same.”
This year, the festival showcases 22 films, and as Douek tells us, most will have their world premiere at the fest, including Rumbos Paralelos and Panoramas. It’s important to note that although the film A Los Ojos was released two years ago, the rest of the films screened at Hola Mexico are usually released within the last 12 months.
Films for this year’s festival include a wide range of genres and themes, which are divided into different categories throughout the week.
“We have five categories at this year’s festival: Mexico Today, New Voices, Documentaries, Hello Children and After Dark,” Douek informs. “These categories cover most of today’s Mexican cinema. New Voices features films by newcomers, while After Dark features hard-to-find films in the science-fiction and horror categories.”
This year, the festival kicks off with La Delgada Linea Amarilla and concludes with Panoramas on May 22 at La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes with a red carpet gala.
Douek promises many surprises at this year’s event.
“The directors and producers of all the films will be on hand this year, as well as some of the actors from the films. Not all actors will be present due to previous obligations. Among those on hand are Danny Glover, Jaime Camil and Joaquin Cosio.”
For more information, visit holamexicoff.com.
Edison Millan contributed to this story.