Los Angeles, CA -Â The Hola Mexico Film Festival was welcomed with open arms in Los Angeles last Saturday. Hola Fest, presented by DishLATINO, started out the evening with aÂ red carpet inside the Regal Cinemas LA LIVE. Actors and directors of the 23 films walked the red carpet and M.U.S.E. was live right there in the center of the action via Parascope.
This year the films were divided into five sections: Hola NiÃ±os, Mexico Ahora, Nuevas Voces, and Documental. M.U.S.E was able to see a screening of the film Gloria, the story of the determination, deception, and redemption of pop star Gloria Trevi. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. What is so fascinating about this film is that the director, Christian Keller, is from Switzerland and does not speak Spanish. How is that possible you ask? The film took ten years to make! Keller says he was ableÂ to understand the language so he knew when to yell â€“ cut!
The red carpet and screening were followed by a beautiful and upbeat gala at the roof top of Don Chente of Downtown LA. The party was sponsored by Montejo beer and HerraduraÂ Tequila. To add to the margaritas and Mexican beer, they had a DJ that was spinning a mixture of Latin style music that had the dance floor filledÂ with guests.
For the first time Hola Fest is allowing high school students attend with their new Hola Youth program. The students are able to watch the films free of charge, as well as learn about the film industry.
To wrap up the event, the Festival will head over to La Plaza de Cultura y Artes for an outdoor screening of Amore de mis amores. Following the film there will be performances byÂ Las Cafeteras (10:00PM) and NiÃ±a Dioz (7:00PM).
The Festival started, May 8TH and will run until May 17th. For a full list of the films being showcased or to buy tickets, visit www.holamexicoff.com.
Hola Mexico Film Festival Opening Night of Gloria: