Hola Mexico 2016

October 7 - November 2

The Gene Siskel Film Center partners with the Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles, the largest festival of Mexican cinema outside of Mexico, to present eight new Mexican films, seven of them Chicago premieres. “Mexican cinema has been widely unrepresented in the U.S.,” comments Samuel Douek, festival director, who founded the festival in 2008 to give this national cinema a much-deserved higher profile.

The Hola Mexico Tour aims to introduce new audiences to the delights of Mexican cinema, as well as to bring fresh new films to Hispanic audiences around the nation. Our selections include the Sundance hit MR. PIG, starring Danny Glover, and the romantic comedy ELVIRA, I WILL GIVE YOU MY LIFE BUT I’M USING IT, starring Cecilia Suárez, who began her career in Chicago with Teatro Vista.

The sexy telenovela-based romp LAS APARICIO features an all-star cast including Joaquin Cosio (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, THE LONE RANGER) and Ana de la Riguera (COWBOYS & ALIENS, COP OUT). A varied menu of genres includes: the tongue-in-cheek sci-fi THE SIMILARS, by rising star director Isaac Ezban; the tense thriller PARADISE LOST; poignant coming-of-age comedy/drama LEAF BLOWER; and affecting family drama PARALLEL ROADS. A transgender woman achieves her true self in MADE IN BANGKOK, the only documentary in the series.

Barbara Scharres, Director of Programming

More Latin American programming from the Gene Siskel Film Center:

Through October 17:
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Travesias: Latino Cinema Film Series brings three amazing films to the Humboldt Park, Lozano and Vodak-East Side Chicago Public Library branches.

Through December 13:
No Borders: Contemporary Latin American Cinema, our Autumn lecture series, with Tuesday talks by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Chicago premiere!

Mr. Pig

2016, Diego Luna, Mexico, 100 min. With Maya Rudolph, Danny Glover.


  • Fri, Oct 7th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 8th 8:00pm

Chicago premiere!

Leaf Blower

Sopladora de hojas

2015, Alejandro Iglesias, Mexico, 90 min. With Carlos Aragón, Gibrán Arias.


  • Sun, Oct 9th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Oct 10th 7:45pm

Chicago premiere!

Paradise Lost

Paraiso Perdido

2016, Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz, Mexico, 87 min. With Andrés Almeida, Raúl Briones.


  • Fri, Oct 14th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 20th 8:15pm

Chicago premiere!

Parallel Roads

Rumbos Paralelos

2016, Rafael Montero, Mexico, 90 min. With Ludwika Paleta, Iliana Fox.


  • Sun, Oct 16th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Oct 17th 6:00pm

Elvira, I Will Give You My Life But I'm Using It

Elvira, te daría mi vida pero la estoy usando

2014, Manolo Caro, Mexico, 108 min. With Cecilia Suárez, Vanessa Bauche.


  • Fri, Oct 21st 7:45pm
  • Wed, Oct 26th 8:00pm

Chicago premiere!

Made in Bangkok

2015, Flavio Florencio, Mexico/Thailand/Germany, 75 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles.


  • Sat, Oct 22nd 8:30pm
  • Mon, Oct 24th 8:00pm

Chicago premiere!

The Similars

Los Parecidos

2015, Isaac Ezban, Mexico, 89 min. With Luis Alberti, Carmen Beato.


  • Fri, Oct 28th 8:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 31st 6:00pm

Chicago premiere!

Las Aparicio

2015, Moisés Ortiz Urquidi, Mexico, 103 min. With Ana de la Reguera, María del Carmen Farias.


  • Sat, Oct 29th 7:30pm
  • Wed, Nov 2nd 8:00pm