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See the top 10 movies made in Mexico at festival hosted by Maya Cinemas

“Paraiso Perdido” will wrap up the festival of films from Mexico being show at the Maya Cinemas. The festival runs Sept. 9-15.
“Paraiso Perdido” will wrap up the festival of films from Mexico being show at the Maya Cinemas. The festival runs Sept. 9-15. Tigre Pictures

Maya Fresno 16 Cinemas & MPX will host the “Hola Mexico Film Festival” Sept. 9-15.

“Maya Cinemas is proud to bring this prestigious festival to the Fresno community,” says Frank Haffar, president of Maya Cinemas (3090 E. Campus Pointe Dr. in Fresno).

“The Hola Mexico Film Festival” is a yearly event that takes place in May in Los Angeles. The 10 best movies then travels across the country. The idea behind the festival is to showcase the best of Mexican film in a variety of categories. It is the largest film festival of movies made in Mexico held outside the country.

Sam Douek, director of the film festival, looked at more than 100 films before narrowing it down to the 20 best for the screenings in Los Angeles.

“We then picked the 10 best for the tour,” Douek says.

The 10 movies will play repeatedly during the seven days of the festival, with five movies each day starting at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per film.

Kicking off the festival is “Made in Bangkok” from writer/director Flavio Florencio. It’s the story of a Mexican transgender opera singer who wants to have reassignment surgery.

Also featured at the festival will be the Diego Luna-directed “Mr. Pig,” starring Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph. This movie about an American’s love of Mexico won an Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

The festival will conclude with “Paraiso Perdido” from director Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz. It’s the story of three close friends who think they are going on an ideal Caribbean vacation only to discover the trip has turned into a nightmare.

Here is the lineup for the festival at Maya Cinemas:

Friday, Sept. 9: “Made in Bangkok,” 12:30 p.m.; “Sopladora De Hojas,” 2:30 p.m.; “A Los Ojos,” 5 p.m.; “Rumbos Paralelos,” 7 p.m.; “Las Aparicio,” 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10: “Los Parecidos,” 12:30 p.m.; “Te Prometo Anarquia,” 2:30 p.m.; “Mr. Pig,” 5 p.m.; “Paraiso Perdido,” 7 p.m.; “Elvira, Te Daria Mi Vida, Pero La Estoy Usando,” 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept.11: “Mr. Pig,” 12:30 p.m.; “Sopladora De Hojas,” 2:30 p.m.; “Made in Bangkok,” 5 p.m.; “Paraiso Perdido,” 7 p.m.; “Los Parecidos,” 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 12: “A Los Ojos,” 12:30 p.m.; “Te Prometo Anarquia,” 2:30 p.m.; “Rumbos Paralelos,” 5 p.m.; “Las Aparicio,” 7 p.m.; “Elvira, Te Daria Mi Vida, Pero La Estoy Usando,” 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 13: “Te Prometo Anarquia,” 12:30 p.m.; “Made in Bangkok,” 2:30 p.m.; “Paraiso Perdido,” 5 p.m.; “Mr. Pig,” 7 p.m.; “Elvira, Te Daria Mi Vida, Pero La Estoy Usando,” 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14: “Sopladora de Hojas,” 12:30 p.m.; “Los Parecidos,” 2:30 p.m.; “A Los Ojos,” 5 p.m.; “Las Aparicio,” 7 p.m.; “Rumbos Paralelos,” 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 15: “Las Aparicio,” 12:30 p.m.; “Mr. Pig,” 2:30 p.m.; “Rumbos Paralelos,” 5 p.m.; “Elvira, Te Daria Mi Vida, Pero La Estoy Usando,” 7 p.m.; “Paraiso Perdido,” 9:30 p.m.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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