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NYC’s Hola Mexico Film Festival

Acorozado (Alvaro Curiel, 2010) This weekend go and buy tickets for the annual Hola Mexico Film Festival running from June 2nd-June 5th at the Tribeca Cinemas. Founded by director Samuel Douek who wishes to introduce film lovers to beautiful tales originating in Mexico, the tagline of the festival is: “Mexico, a place like the movies!” A very true statement. Mexican cinema consistently deals with the rich land, breathtaking scenery, and juxtaposes it to the strikingly different lives its people lead–culturally and politically. This in itself makes a great resource for producing meaningful cinema.

Like most new cinema we see from non-English speaking countries there is a distinctly different sensibility and rhythm, making it a refreshing alternative to Hollywood features. The films selected for the New York portion of the festival (it also took place in Los Angeles) are, appropriately, some of the edgier pictures. However, most of the films in this year’s festival are brilliant. Some of the films touch upon how deep the ‘American Dream’ has inserted itself into Mexican culture, with many films sharing stories of Mexicans and their desire or struggle to immigrate north of the border.

Sin Ella (Jorge Colon, 2010)Acorozado (Alvaro Curiel, 2010) tells the tale of a man who decides, like many before him, to give into the ‘Dream’ and fashion his beat-up taxi into a raft. His plan is to sail to Miami where he will attempt to gain refugee status in America. Hoping to use his “talent” for giving speeches then to persuade immigration officials all but changes and turns bizarre when he ends up in Cuba. Another great story is Asalto al Cine (Iria Gomez Conchero, 2011) where a group of young friends struggle to maintain their friendships when they decide to rob a local movie theater. The four teenagers plan a heist to consume the excessive idle time they have where they live in a projects-style district. Meanwhile, they risk losing their significant friendship with one another.

A standout film which will be showing on Friday, June 4th is Sin Ella (Jorge Colon, 2010) a film that explores family roles and how profound one person may be in and outside the family. It really comes to grips with what gets left behind when a person is no longer there. A sound score and a great cast remind you that gripping drama can provide relief at times. This one is definitely going to inspire more viewers of Mexican cinema.

Festival passes cost $40 and single tickets cost $12. Both of which may be purchased at the door or online at Tribeca Cinemas is located at 54 Varick Street in Manhattan.

–Nikkita Flavius-Gottschalk is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our new City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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