8th Annual Hola Mexican Film Festival Presented By DishLATINO Announces Lineup Including Special Sho

Today, the Hola Mexico Film Festival announced the lineup for its 8th festival. Curious to know what the event has in store for festival attendees? Well, check out the release below....

LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2016) – The eighth annual Hola Mexican Film Festival, presented by DishLATINO, the largest festival of cinema outside of Mexico, today announced a partial lineup of the 2016 festival schedule including opening and closing nights and four special showcase presentations. The festival runs May 13-22 with all screenings taking place at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 Theatre, except for closing night which will be at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. This year’s festival will open with LA DELGADA LINEA AMARILLA (Thin Yellow Line) nominated for 14 Premios Ariel Awards (Mexico’s “Oscars”). The film is a story of smooth roads and bumpy rides, with unexpected twists and turns... like life itself. Directed by Celso R. Garcia, the film stars Damián Alcazar, Joaquín Cosio, Silverio Palacios, Gustavo Sánchez Parra. Confirmed to attend the premiere are Cosio and Palacios as well as other special guests Jaime Camil and Ana Claudia Talancon. Additional showcase screenings include ILUSIONES S.A. directed by Roberto Girault and starring Jaime Camil, Adriana Louvier, Silvia Mariscal on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM and MR. PIG with star Danny Glover to attend, on Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 PM. Closing the festival on Sunday, May 22 is PANORAMAS, a unique and introspective look inside one of Latin America's top alternative-rock music acts, Zoé. Members of band Zoé will attend and perform a DJ set. This special event screening will take place at LA Plaza Cultura y Artes Theatre located at 501 N. Main Street, downtown Los Angeles. Also this year marks the first time that films from a country outside of Mexico will be shown with special presentations of two films from Chile – SIN FILTRO and EL BOSQUE DE KARADIMA. Following is information on many films to be screened at the festival, with others to be announced shortly.

OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE – FRIDAY, MAY 13 at 7:00 PM Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14 LA DELGADA LINEA AMARILLA The Thin Yellow Line Dir. Celso R. Garcia Cast: Damián Alcazar, Joaquín Cosio, Silverio Palacios, Gustavo Sánchez Parra Mexico 2015, 95 MIN Five men are hired to paint the yellow line of a road that will link two forgotten towns in Mexico. With less than 2 weeks to cover over 200 kilometers aboard a '76 pick-up truck, they will discover that painting at a speed of 1 km/hour will teach them about the lines between good and evil, laughter and despair, life and death. The challenges they face will change their lives forever. The Thin Yellow Line is a story of smooth roads and bumpy rides, with unexpected twists and turns... like life itself.

CLOSING NIGHT PREMIERE – SUNDAY, MAY 22 AT 7:00 PM LA Plaza Cultura y Artes theatre located at 501 N. Main Street, downtown Los Angeles. PANORAMAS Dir. Rodrigo Guardiola y Gabriel Cruz Rivas Cast: Zoé Mexico 2016, 90 MIN A unique and introspective look inside one of Latin America's top alternative-rock music acts, Zoé. “Panoramas” is a Cinéma Vérité-style portrait of Zoé that takes you on a contemplative audio/visual journey through some of the band's most decisive moments. A film crew accompanies the band during a two-year period to provide us with an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the band’s longest international tour to date, in their first real shot at becoming well-known and "making it big" outside their home country of México. The 15-year artistic career of Zoé completes its growth-cycle and reaches full circle as the musicians arrive at the quintessential question all bands face: What's next?

MÉXICO NOW ILUSIONES S.A. We Fulfill Your Dreams Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 PM Dir. Roberto Girault Cast: Jaime Camil, Adriana Louvier, Silvia Mariscal Mexico 2015, 90 MIN "We Fulfill Your Dreams" is a company that makes fantasies come to life. Made up of a group of actors and led by a ‘Director' (Jaime Camil), they create set-ups to re-enact real-life circumstances for the good of people. For their latest job, they are hired by Mr. Balboa to spend a week in the roles of a long-gone loving grandson and his wife. Portrayed as an angel to his grandmother through fictitious letters created by the elderly Mr. Balboa, the young man has in reality become a villainous character. But things go awry for actors Mauricio and Isabel when the real grandson turns up for a show-down with his grandparents.

MR. PIG Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 PM Dir. Diego Luna Cast: Danny Glover, Maya Rudolph, Jose Maria Yazpik Mexico 2016, 100 MIN Ambrose Eubanks (Danny Glover), is an old-school pig farmer from California. After the family farm is foreclosed, he sets off with Howard, his beloved (and very large) pig, on a road trip to Mexico. Ambrose must figure out how to smuggle "Howie" across the border and find him a new home.

A LOS OJOS In Your Eyes Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 PM Dir. Victoria Franco y Michel Franco Cast: Mónica del Carmen, Omar Moreno, Benjamín Espinoza, Jacobo Najman Mexico 2015, 96 MIN Monica is a social worker from Mexico City, a single mother whose child is suffering from a degenerative illness of the eyes. Having exhausted all other options, a corneal transplant is the child's only hope. Overwhelmed by the ineffectiveness of the health system and the scarcity of resources, Monica is driven to an extreme solution... Found within the world of the street children.

LAS APARICIO The Aparicios Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 PM and Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 PM Dir. Moisés Ortiz - Urquidi Cast: Ana De La Reguera, María Del Carmen Farías, Liz Gallardo, Eréndia Ibarra, Damián Alcazar, Joaquín Cosio, Paulina Gaitán y Tenoch Huerta México 2016, The Aparicios are a family made up entirely of women, all cursed to become widows and to never bear male children. At their ranch in Xico, in the state of Veracruz, they discover the body of the first husband of an Aparicio woman. This leads the Aparicios to search their past in an attempt to end the ancient curse, and finally face their present.

RUMBOS PARALELOS Parallel Roads Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 PM Dir. Rafa Montero Cast: Ludwika Paleta, Iliana Fox, Michel Brown, Arturo Barba Mexico 2016, (Film in Spanish, no English subtitles) Rumbos Paralelos (Parallel Roads) tells the emotional story of two young mothers whose lives change unexpectedly. Silvia must suddenly confront both her son’s illness and the abrupt discovery that she is not his biological mother. Desperate to find a donor for a life-saving kidney transplant, Silvia will seek out Gaby, the child's true biological mother. The following actions will put the power of maternity to the test and challenge life as a whole. Are family ties made out of love? Or are they carried in our blood?

PARAISO PERDIDO Paradise Lost Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 PM Dir. Humberto Hinojosa Cast: Ana Claudia Talancón, Iván Sanchez, Andrés Almeida México 2016, 87 MIN Three friends are traveling by sailboat through Caribbean waters, when they come across a deserted paradise island and decide to explore it. What was supposed to be one of the best weekends of their lives will turn into a tireless fight for survival when they discover the island's hidden secret.

ELLA ES RAMONA She is Ramona Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 PM and Monday, May 16 at 5:00 PM Dir. Hugo Rodriguez Cast: Andrea Ortega Lee, Daniel Giménez Cacho, María Rojo, Leticia Huijara México 2015, 83 MIN Ramona is overweight, with too many kilos and not enough luck. She remembers a childhood as the victim of abuse at the hands of her mother, her sister, and even her friends. She was Big Belly Ramona, Big Eater Ramona, Ramona the Pig. Now an adult, things aren't looking much better. Her life seems to be crumbling. She gets fired for being fat; when she seeks liposuction, her doctor rejects as a candidate for the procedure because she is too overweight. Things begin falling into place, however, when she stumbles across a Tarot café which sells the magic beetles that will change her life.

ELVIRA, TE DARIA MI VIDA PERO LA ESTOY USANDO Elvira, I would Give You my Life, but I’m Using It Thursday, May 19 at 9:00 PM Dir. Manolo Caro Cast: Cecilia Suárez, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Vanessa Bauche Mexico 2015, 108 MIN Gustavo, husband of Elvira, goes out one night to buy cigarettes, never to return. Elvira, a 40-year-old mother of two, begins a relentless search for the love of her life. Clues lead her to the conclusion that her husband has kept a secret relationship. The unfortunate discovery will not stop Elvira in her mission of finding him.

LAS ELEGIDAS The Chosen Ones Friday, May 20 at 9:00 PM Dir. David Pablos Cast: Nancy Talamantes, Óscar Torres Mexico 2015, 105 MIN Sofia, 14 years old, is in love with Ulises. Because of him, in spite of him, she is forced into a prostitution ring in Mexico. To set her free, Ulises will have to find another girl to replace her...

NEW VOICES SOPLADORA DE HOJAS Leaf Blower Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 PM, Monday, May 16 at 9:30 PM and Friday, May 20 at 5:00 PM Dir. Alejandro Iglesias Cast: Francisco Rueda, Alejandro Guerrero, Fabrizio Santini Mexico 2015, 96 MIN