Annual Festival Spotlights Seven Spanish-language Films

The institute will feature this comedy, "Nosotros los Nobles," in its upcoming film festival. (Courtesy photo provided by the Hanson Film Institute)
The comedy, “Nosotros los Nobles,” is featured in the upcoming Cine Mexico. (Courtesy photo provided by the Hanson Film Institute)

The 2014 Tucson Cine Mexico kicks off Thursday, March 27 with a range of Spanish-language films from the violent, Heli, about the impact of the drug war on people in Mexico, to the comedy, Nosotros los Nobles.

The director and a lead actor of the comedy will be in the theater to answer questions after the film, according to Victoria Westover, program director at the Hansen Film Institute, which sponsors the festival to present the best films in contemporary Mexican cinema for Tucson’s diverse audience.

The 9th annual Tucson Cine Mexico 2014 runs until March 30 and feature seven films at Harkins Tucson Spectrum 18. Nosotros los Nobles will be the one film screened at the Fox Theater downtown. All are subtitled in English.

The institute will feature this drama, "Heli," in its upcoming film festival. (Courtesy photo provided by the Hanson Film Institute)
The institute will feature this drama, “Heli,” in its upcoming film festival. (Courtesy photo provided by the Hanson Film Institute)

The Harkins films include, Quebranto or “Disrupted,” La Jaula de Oro or “The Golden Dream,” Heli, which was Mexico’s selection for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, Nosotros los Nobles or “We are the Nobles,” Los Insolitos Peces Gato or “The Amazing Catfish,” Somos Mari Pepa or “We are Mari Pepa,” and Club Sandwich. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

In the past, as many as 3,000 people have attended festival films, Westover said.

The film festival aims to reach a diverse audience of all ethnicities and ages.

“I like seeing the diverse audience — Hispanic and non-Hispanic, young and old, people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, all together sharing what is usually a very powerful experience,” Westover said. “Many film festivals don’t have such a diverse audience.”

The opportunity to see these films on a big screen, in the city is “rare,” she said.

Tickets are free and seating is first come, first serve.

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For more on show times, movie trailers, and other information, visit:

http://tucsoncinemexico.org

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