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San Diego Latino Film Festival

Mexico Today

What defines Mexico today? It’s a question that people on both sides of the border ask everyday. The films in this showcase offer some singular answers that go beyond the headlines, reflecting a bustling and vibrant country in the midst of transition.


  1. The Amazing Catfish

    Claudia Sainte-Luce / Mexico Today / Mexico / 2013 / Coming-of-age / 89 mins
    In this charming debut from director Claudia Sainte-Luce, a lonely woman named Claudia (Ximena Ayala) meets ailing matriarch Martha (Lisa Owen) in a hospital room they are both sharing. This chance encounter changes both of their lives forever, acting as the beginning to a road trip involving Claudia, Martha, and her four children.
    The Amazing Catfish

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 16, 2014 8:30 pm

    The Amazing Catfish

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 19, 2014 9:15 pm

    The Amazing Catfish

    Digital Gym Cinema
    March 21, 2014 6:15 pm


  2. Heli

    Amat Escalante / Mexico Today / Mexico / 2013 / Drama / 105 mins
    A selfish and arrogant police cadet decides to steal money from his corrupt superiors, endangering his young girlfriend and her innocent family in the process. This central decision creates terrifying consequences that ripple outward, affecting everyone involved and ultimately revealing the omniscient sense of control and power wielded by both the narcos and law enforcement officers in modern Mexico.

  3. La jaula de oro

    Diego Quemada-Díez / Mexico Today / Mexico / 2013 / Drama / 102 mins
    A trio of Guatemalan teens decide to make the 1,200 mile journey north through Mexico to the United States. Diego Quemada-Díez’s brilliant drama explores the difficult obstacles facing them along the way, and how quickly they can be separated on a moment’s notice.
    La jaula de oro

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 15, 2014 9:45 pm

    La jaula de oro

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 17, 2014 8:30 pm

    La jaula de oro

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 22, 2014 3:30 pm


  4. Levantamuertos

    Miguel Nuñez / Mexico Today / Mexico / 2013 / Comedy Showcase / 82 mins
    Ivan works with dead people. He is a young coroner trying to establish a successful career path in a profession with stiff competition. Miguel Nuñez’s pitch black comedy follows Ivan as he makes his way through the hottest day of the year in a rural Mexican town filled with oddball characters and dangerous liaisons.
    Levantamuertos

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 21, 2014 5:00 pm

    Levantamuertos

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 22, 2014 10:30 pm


  5. Somos mari pepa

    Samuel Kishi / Mexico Today / Mexico / 2013 / Coming-of-age / 100 mins
    Alex, a 16-year-old teenager who lives with his grandmother, has various plans for the summer: writing a new song with his rock band, finding a job, and having his first sexual experience.
    Somos mari pepa

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 15, 2014 5:00 pm

    Somos mari pepa

    UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas Hazard Center
    March 17, 2014 10:15 pm