Celebrating its sixth edition, the Hola Mexico Festival starts today (Friday, May 9), in Los Angeles at Regal Cinemas LA LIVE. The festival aims to bring "the best films, food and music from Mexico to Downtown Los Angeles," and as part of that mission, they've lined up a lovely program of Spanish-language movies.
The festival opens with Casese Quien Pueda (aka Get Married If You Can), written by and starring Marta Higareda -- read the review by our own Eric Ortiz Garcia here -- and will close with the world premiere of music-themed Volando Bajo (aka Flying Low), directed by Beto Gomez, and a rock en español concert with La Gusana Ciega. (Watch the trailer below.)
Other highlights include La Gran Parillada on May 17 (at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes), and the special presence of directors Amat Escalante (Heli) and Carlos Cuaron (Besos de Azucar) to visit and present their films, as well as a good selection of documentaries, including the wrestling-themed El Hombre Detras de la Mascara.
The festival runs from May 9-17. Visit the extremely helpful official site, which is packed with trailers and images for each film, for more information.