|Cine Mexico at the Red Carpet of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall|
Back in the 90’s, I guess we’ve all been guilty at some point in our lives of being hooked to poignant Mexican telenovelas or soap operas. If you weren’t into that, then perhaps you must’ve enjoyed at least any delicious Mexican food or you must’ve been a beauty pageant fanatic who would always look for Mexico’s representative with much anticipation. But have you ever tried watching any Mexican film? In the recent years, two of the five Best Picture winners at the much-acclaimed award-giving body Oscars have been films by Mexican directors—Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. I was able to see The Shape of Water and it was indeed one of the greatest Mexican films I had ever seen. There were unexpected twists on the said movie’s ending which gave audiences something to think about as they left the cinema. Such films along with Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma which recently received accolades helped put Mexico’s reputation for contemporary cinema.
Now here’s the good news for everyone, you too can watch and see Mexican films for FREE this coming Cine Mexico which will be happening from September 20 until 24, 2019 at the Red Carpet Theater Cinema 4 of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City. This is in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico in Manila and the Film Development Council of the Philippines.
Through the upcoming Cine Mexico, mall guests and film enthusiasts will be having the chance to continue to expand their cinematic knowledge and experience the best in entertainment. Purple Plum Fairy was able to see one of the featured films called “Como Agua Para Chocolate” during the press screening—it was nice to see this Laura Esquivel classic into a film in Mexican [original film] as I had seen its English version which had Johnny Depp as the male lead. And although I had read the book and had seen this film in American version, it still felt good and refreshing to see it in its Mexican version.
Here are the featured films for Cine Mexico:
|Como Agua para Chocolate|
Como Agua Para Chocolate [Like Water for Chocolate] is a 1992 classic that follows a young girl named Tita. Though she is desperately in love with a man named Pedro, her mother doesn’t allow her to marry him. When Pedro weds Tita’s sister, she immerses into cooking. Through this therapeutic pastime, she discovers that she can magically infuse her emotions into her cooking.
|El Angel en el Reloj|
El Angel en el Reloj [The Angel in the Clock] This is a poignant and heartfelt animated film which tackles the life of Amelia, a little girl with leukemia who is whisked away by an angel in an attempt to stop time. In a realm where she must navigate hundreds of floating clock-castles in the sky, she learns about the importance of living in the present.
|Que Culpa tiene El Nino|
Que Culpa Tiene el Nino [Don’t Blame the Kid] It is a 2016 romantic comedy about a woman who accidentally becomes pregnant but decides to marry the father of her child anyway, even though he’s immature and unemployed. The movie stars Karla Souza, one of Mexico’s most popular actresses who is best known to international audiences for playing Laurel on the award-winning legal thriller How To Get Away with Murder.
La Carga [Load] is an epic romantic drama about the quest for freedom. In the late 16th century, an indigenous man and a Spanish noblewoman escape into the New World to find a better life. Along the way, they learned to resolve their differences and become more intimate with one another. La Carga bagged 7 nominations at the Ariel Awards, the Mexican equivalent of the Oscars.
|Enamorandome de Abril|
Enamorandome de Abril [Falling in Love with Abril] is a story about two writers with nothing in common who spent a night together. He’s a steely journalist who secretly publishes books under a female name, and she’s a romantic writer who uses a male pseudonym. After meeting, they begin to question everything they thought they knew about love and relationships, sending each one a hilarious identity crisis.
|La Boda de Valentina|
La Boda de Valentina [Valentina’s Wedding] gives audiences a new take on the wedding comedy. Valentina, a scion from the most chaotic political family in Mexico, leads a blissful life in America. Thinking she has escaped all the drama, she gets engaged to Jason, her American boyfriend. When Jason insists they go to Mexico to meet her family, Valentina is sucked into her father’s re-election campaign, her crazy family antics, and ger possessive ex, Alex.
|Cuando Los Hijor Regresan|
Cuando Los Hijos Regresan [The Kids are Back] This 2018 comedy is about a retired elderly couple who happily lives a life with no more responsibilities. But out of nowhere, their grown children start moving back into the house, forcing them to become parents to a horde of adult babies.
All featured seven films will be in Spanish with English subtitles.
Here is the Cine Mexico Screening Schedule:
Here is the Cine Mexico Screening Schedule:
Cine Mexico was made possible through the support of Shangri-La Red Carpet, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Vatos Urban Tacos, A’toda Madre, Manila Bambi Foods Co., El Chupacabra, Ralph’s Wines and Spirits, and Aeromexico.
Do check out these cinematic masterpieces from Mexico as Shang gives you the chance to indulge in the arts and entertainment at its finest in the entire duration of Cine Mexico Film Festival. Admission to the movie screenings are FREE but seats are on a first come, first served basis.
Save those dates guys, Cine Mexico runs from September 20 up to 24, 2019 at the Red Carpet Theater, 6th level of Shangri-La Plaza mall, Mandaluyong City
For inquiries, call 370-2500 local 597 or visit their facebook page.
See you in theaters guys!