Hola México Film Fest’s closing day lineup

Director Kyzza Terrazas’s ‘Somos Lengua’ explores Mexico’s hip hop scene.

Sunday, June 11 is the fifth and last day of the Hola Mexico Film Festival. The day’s program consists of eight film screening, including the the hip-hop documentary “Somos Lengua.”

The day’s film lineup consists of “Zeus” at 11:30 am, “Alba: at 12 noon, “Un Cuento de Circo and A Love Song” at 1:15 pm, “El Charro de Toluquilla” at 2 pm, “Sin Muertos No Hay Carnaval” at 3:30 pm, “Treintona, Soltera y Fantástica” at 4 pm, and “Etiqueta No Rigurosa” at 6 pm. All these films are screening for the second time at the Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center in downtown Los Angeles.

“Somos Lengua” is the festival’s closing film, screening at 8:30 pm at another venue, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, near downtown Los Angeles. The screening will be preceded by a red carpet at 7 and a concert at 10 pm.

The Regal L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center is located at 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located at 501 N. Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

‘Zeus’

“ZEUS”
Director: Miguel Calderón
Actors: Ana Terán, Daniel Saldaña, Diana Sedano, Mauricio Calderón, Paris Roa

Joel is an unemployed man who lives in an unhealthy codependent relationship with his successful mother. Obsessed with falconry, he spends most of his time with his cherished hawk, Zeus. But when a secretary named Ilse starts to show interest in him, the relationship will lead to the loss of the supports Joel uses to deal with the outside world. Faced with the disintegration of his private reality, he is thrown alarmingly out of balance.

‘Alba’

“ALBA”
Director: Ana Cristina Barragán
Actors: Macarena Arias, Pablo Aguirre, Amaia Merino

This subtle and poignant drama shows the step into adolescence of Alba, an eleven-year-old girl. When her mother is hospitalized for a serious illness, Alba is forced to live with her father Igor, whom she barely knows. Now Alba, extremely shy and quiet, must grow up in this situation, dealing with her privileged schoolmates and her distant and unsuccessful father.

‘Un Cuento de Circo & A Love Song’ is directed by Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir.

“UN CUENTO DE CIRCO & A LOVE SONG”
Director: Demián Bichir
Actors: Ana Claudia Talancón, Arcelia Ramírez, Demián Bichir, Dulce Alexa, Eva Longoria, Jorge Perugorría, Jose Angel Bichir, Juan Carlos Colombo, Juan Manuel Bernal, Julián Fidalgo, Julio Bracho, Ludwika Paleta, Luis Artagnan,Rafael Sigler, Stefanie Sherk

Refugio is a romantic dreamer who grew up in the circus in Mexico, remaining there years after his father abandoned it. Now, spurred by the desire to search for a long-lost love, he has journeyed to the streets of New Orleans. Here, he will come face to face with the past, and with new dreams and destinies.

‘El Charro de Toluquilla’ starrs Jaime Agustín García Domínguez (right)

“EL CHARRO DE TOLUQUILLA”
Director: José Villalobos
Actor: Jaime Agustín García Domínguez

Jaime García Domínguez is a charro––a Mexican cowboy––who lives up to the image portrayed in classic films: riding horses, singing mariachi, dressing the part, and proud to be a tough guy and a womanizer. He has also contracted HIV. In addition to his treatment regimen, he copes with the disease by embracing his constructed macho image with gusto. Meanwhile, he negotiates his relationships with his young daughter, who was miraculously born without HIV, and her mother, with whom he is reluctant to settle down. This documentary is a remarkable and stereotype-breaking character study of a man finding his own path between contradictions.

‘Sin Muertos No Hay Carnaval’

“SIN MUERTOS NO HAY CARNAVAL” (SUCH IS LIFE IN THE TROPICS)
Director: Sebastián Cordero
Actor: Andrés Crespo, Antonella Valeriano, Daniel Adum Gilbert, Diego Cataño, Erando González, Maya Zapata,Victor Arauz

Emilio, a young man born into wealth, has inherited land and needs to evict a community of 250 families occupying it. He has an agent to help him: the very same double-dealing lawyer who is collecting money from the squatters to help with community improvements. But the squatters, sensing treachery, won’t let themselves so easily be torn from the land that is all they have. And the wealthy Emilio is caught in his own troubles over an accidental death caused by a stray bullet. Here in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, the struggle between social classes is laid bare, and the tensions among haves and have-nots build inexorably towards violence.

‘Treintona, Soltera y Fantástica’

“TREINTONA, SOLTERA Y FANTASTICA” (THIRTY-SOMETHING, SINGLE AND FASTASTIC)
Director: Chava Cartas
Actors: Andrés Almeida, Andrés Zuno, Angélica Aragón, Bárbara Mori, Claudette Maillé, Claudio Lafarga, Héctor Bonilla, Jordi Mollà, Juan Pablo Medina, Karla Carrillo, Marimar Vega, Natasha Dupeyrón, Perla Villarello, Roberto Quijano,Sarah Nichols

Inés is a columnist in her thirties who breaks up with her long-term boyfriend. Embracing her newfound independence, she’s thrown into existential crisis. What is a single woman in her thirties supposed to do and be? In this Mexican box office hit, Inés is catapulted into the comic, recognizable mishaps that come with being caught between her career and her biological clock, between the pressure and advice being dished out by everyone she knows. It’s a journey to find herself, and hopefully find love into the bargain.

“ETIQUETA NO RIGUROSA”
Director: Cristina Herrera Bórquez
Actors: Víctor Manuel Aguirre Espinoza and Víctor Fernando Urías Amparo

The Supreme Court of Mexico has declared the legality of gay marriage. Víctor and Fernando pretend to be the first gay couple to marry in their home state of Baja California. But these two Mexicali stylists, although they are adored by their clients, face a wave of intolerance and a series of obstacles raised by local authorities. This documentary is the story of his battle to claim his rights with perseverance and dignity.

“SOMOS LENGUA”
Director: Kyzza Terrazas
Actors: Claudio Yarto, Manotas, Mike Díaz, Rabia River, Tabernario, Yoga Fire

A polyphonic portrait of the independent hip-hop and rap scene in Mexico. For young people who’ve been offered little or nothing by society, there is refuge, creative liberation, community, strength, and survival to be found in their passion for the word. From Guadalajara to Mexico City, Monterrey to Tijuana, this documentary lets the rappers speak for themselves and draw us into their raw worlds with freestyle and rhyme.

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Author: Cesar Arredondo

Journalist with more than 20 years of experience working for English- and Spanish-language and bilingual news outlets. Winner of three Best of the West Journalism Awards and a recognition from the National Association of Hispanic Publications.

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