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Hola Mexico Los Angeles Film Festival

Why Go: To experience a good selection of recent Mexican cinema in the company of a largely Mexican-American audience.

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When: Nine days in mid-May

Festival Description: Festival founder Samuel Drouek launched the festival in 2006 in Australia and  moved the event to Los Angeles in 2008. The festival, which screened 18 films in 2014, showcases highlights of recent Mexican popular and art cinema. All films have English subtitles.

Samuel Drouek

Filmmaker Turnout: Good.

Audience: The local Chicano community turns out in force. In 2014 over 25,000 people attended.

Venue: Regal Cinemas at LA Live, a new, very comfortable multiplex.

The audience at LA Live

Lodging, Restaurants, Getting There, Getting Around: See information on LA Film Festival page.

The Festival Year by Year


2014 Festival Poster

Best Film I Saw: Heli. Amante Escalante’s harrowing tale of a family drawn into drug warfare and political corruption gave rise to a spirited post-film Q and A with the director, as some praised his willingness to shine a light on Mexico’s problems and others scolded him for washing the nation’s dirty laundry in Los Angeles (thereby dampening the tourist trade).



Best Film I Saw: The Hours with You (Las horas contigo). First time writer- director Catalina Aguilar Mastretta’s sensitive handling of detail complements stellar performances by Mexican divas Maria Rojo and Isela Vega to  transform a predictable and sentimental story into a deeply moving study of a family of strong women. An inspired pick for the fest’s Mother’s Day screening slot.

The Hours with You

Unexpected Pleasure: The spirited horseplay Mexican acting vets Damian Alcazar and Arturo Rios  in Gustavo Moheno’s hilarious  Eddie Reynolds y los Angeles de Acero.

Eddie Reynolds y los Angeles de Acero


2017 Poster

Best Film I Saw. La Carga. Mexico’s version of the heritage film sets the action in the late 16th Century, pitting Spanish aristocrats against struggling Indian communities. Alan Jonsson’s direction features restrained, dignified performances and magnificent scenery.

La Carga


Best Film I Saw: La Camarista (The Chambermaid) (Lila Aviles, 2018). Relentlessly subjective camerawork marks the routines of a maid who works in a luxury hotel in Mexico City.

The Chambermaid


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