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Hola Mexico Film Festival at the Montalban Theater

The largest Mexican film festival outside of México, Hola México Film Festival presented by Toyota, returns for its 14th annual edition Sunday, October 2 through Monday, October 10, 2022, during Hispanic Heritage Month.

After last year's triumphant return to in-person attendance, Hola México Film Festival (HMFF) once again will give viewers the opportunity to gather in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month by seeing some of the latest and greatest classic films to have come from México. The festival gathers more than 10,000 cinephiles to see 20 + films, many of them making their premieres with red carpet galas attended by the biggest actors and directors in Mexican cinema.

The Festival will feature 20+ films and 20 short films from its program Tomorrow's Filmmakers Today. The opening night film screening on October 2, Lecciones Para Canallas (Lessons For Scroundels) will take place at The Montalbán Theater located at 1615 Vine St, Hollywood, CA 90028.

At once moving and hilarious, this singular comedy begins when Jenny (Danae Reynaud) travels to México City in search of her father following the sudden death of her mother. But she soon discovers that her dad is far from a conventional guy. Barry el Sucio (played by the extraordinary Joaquín Cosío) is a seasoned and charismatic con man who abandoned her as a child. The two start off as strangers trying to find common ground, as Barry introduces her to his world of deceit by revealing the tricks of "the trade." Directed by Gustavo Moheno, the cast includes Joaquín Cosio, Danae Reynaud and Diana Bovio.

The festival is comprised of the following sections: México Ahora, Documental, El Otro México, and Nocturno. México Ahora features the best of Mexican films released in recent years, covering every genre. Documental includes notable non-fiction films made by Mexican filmmakers. El Otro México highlights experiences of Mexicans rarely portrayed on screen, skillfully presenting perceptive narratives that challenge the status quo. The Nocturno section offers offbeat stories and horror films.

A special showcase of two Mexican Films from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema: Sombra Verde (starring Ricardo Montalbán himself and directed by Roberto Gabaldon and La Mujer Murcielago (Batwoman) a film that has been lost for decades directed by the renowned Rene Cardona. Both films have been fully restored in HD and will play in the wonderful Montalbán Theater rooftop.

Festival tickets are available at


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