In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Hola Mexico Film Festival 2018 will host special screenings at the Rooftop Cinema Club’s Montalbán Theatre, a historic theater that celebrates Latin arts and culture, and this year’s festival lineup includes Mexico Barbaro 2 and Issa López's Tigers are Not Afraid (read Ben Larned's review here).

Read on for details on Tigers Are Not Afraid and Mexico Barbaro 2, and to learn more about the 10th annual Hola Mexico Film Festival, visit the festival's official website.

"The festival is held every year at two iconic Los Angeles locations, L.A. Regal Live and Cinepolis Pico Rivera. And this year the festival will be having some special screenings at the historic Montalban Rooftop in celebration of its 10-year anniversary. The festival is from June 1st to June 9th.

Tigers Are Not Afraid
DIR. ISSA LÓPEZ (MEXICO 2017, 84min)

Hailed by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro as one of the best Mexican films in recent years, Issa Lopez’s dark fantasy is a heartfelt genre film that surpasses all expectations. Its protagonist, 10-year-old Estrella, has three wishes. The first one is for her missing mother to return. Her wish is granted, but her mother is dead and her ghost follows her everywhere. Terrified, Estrella tries to escape by joining a gang of orphan children, but she quickly discovers that in the real world, ghosts are never truly left behind, and that only the bravest survive the brutality and violence that surround her.

Barbarous Mexico 2
DIR. Diego Cohen, Christian Cueva, Ricardo Farias, Michelle Garza, Carlos Meléndez, Lex Ortega, Abraham Sánchez, Sergio Tello, y Fernando Urdapilleta
(MEXICO 2017, 95MIN, DCP)

In this new horror anthology, 9 Mexican directors come together to tell stories about the most brutal, ruthless and bizarre traditions and legends of our country.

Mexico Barbaro 2 shows the world tales that are part of our popular culture, from the sweet stories that our grandmothers used to tell, a hybrid between a mouse and the Tooth fairy, witchcraft, the story behind “La Llorona” (The Weeping Woman), the Devil’s sexy assistant, a pagan hero, “La Quemada” (The Burnt Woman), an even bloody ancestral culinary rites. Traditions and legends that continue to cause terror among Mexican people today."

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