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Diego Luna Reveals How ‘Rogue One’ Reflects the ‘Racial Diversity’ of the ‘World We Live In’

15 December 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s rare to see someone on the verge of action-figure metamorphosis. Until now, Diego Luna was a well-respected actor (“Milk” and “Mister Lonely,” among many others) as well as a producer of TV and film, including his own directorial efforts “Mr. Pig,” “Cesar Chavez,” and “Abel.” He’s better known in his native Mexico than in the U.S.

However, as the male lead of Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone feature in the rapidly expanding “Star Wars” universe, all of that will change as of December 16.

He’s giddy, if not geeky, about this turn of events. A naturally generous and fast talker, Luna punctuates his points with big hand motions and bigger smiles as he shares the same refrain that seems to be programmed into all newly minted “Star Wars” actors: They were fans first. Being cast in this cinematic universe is »

- Kate Erbland

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San Sebastian: William A. Kirkley Prepares ‘Orange Sunshine’ Follow-Up (Exclusive)

23 September 2016 3:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — William A. Kirkley (“Excavating Taylor Mead”) is preparing a still-to-be-titled follow-up to “Orange Sunshine,” whose international premiere took place Wednesday Sept. 21 at the San Sebastian Festival’s Savage Cinema sidebar. “Orange Sunshine” work premiered at SXSW, then  segued to the Newport Beach Fest. It is produced by Andrew Fuller at Orange Sunshine Productions.

The new Kirkley documentary portrays Michael Kennedy, attorney to the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, a shadowy LSD-worshipping organisation featured in “Orange Sunshine” and Timothy Leary.

“Kennedy also represented the Weathermen, the Black Panthers, the Chicago 7, Jerry Rubin and the Yippies, Native Americans at the protests at Wounded Knee, César Chávez and migrant workers, the list goes on and on,” Kirkley told Variety at San Sebastian.

Kirkley added that the film will be “a somewhat true-crime documentary of all of these monumental cases and their impact on law and culture, and the love story between him »

- Emilio Mayorga

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'El Amparo', 'Rolling Stones' bookend AFI Latin American Film Festival

1 September 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A total of 37 films will screen at the event, including the world premiere of Venezuala crime story and Rolling Stones doc.

The world premiere of Rober Calzadilla’s feature debut El Amparo, about two men wrongly accused of guerrilla activity in Venezuela, will kick off the 27th edition of the festival, set to run from September 15–October 5 in Silver Spring, Maryland

The 2016 AFI Latin American Film Festival will close with the Us premiere of Paul Dugdale’s documentary The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (pictured), which culminates with the band’s first gig in Cuba.

All in all 37 films from Latin America will screen, including entries from Spain and Portugal as part of a celebration of Ibero-American cultural connections.  

Among the anticipated highlights are Pablo Larrain’s unorthodox biopic Neruda, Cesc Gay’s Spain-Argentina dramedy Truman with Ricardo Darin, and the North American premiere of Eryk Rocha’s Cinema Novo.

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‘Mr. Pig’ Trailer: Diego Luna Sends Danny Glover on a Road Trip With a Giant Hog

5 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Before he shot off to that galaxy far, far away, Diego Luna spent some time down here on Earth directing his latest picture. Mr. Pig stars Danny Glover as Ambrose, an elderly pig farmer whose business is falling apart. His last remaining pig is Howie, whom he intends to sell to the son of a a family friend. So […]

The post ‘Mr. Pig’ Trailer: Diego Luna Sends Danny Glover on a Road Trip With a Giant Hog appeared first on /Film. »

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Danny Glover Stars in First Trailer for Diego Luna's New Film 'Mr. Pig'

5 July 2016 11:33 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"Why is there a hog in your motel room?" The first trailer has debuted for a film called Mr. Pig, or Sr. Pig in Spanish, starring Danny Glover as an "old school" pig farmer who goes on a road trip down to Mexico along with a very large pig. This actually originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival but I don't remember hearing much buzz about it. Mexican actor Diego Luna directs the film (his third feature film), which is described as "a beautiful road movie, and a chance to talk about love for Mexico through the eyes of an American." The cast also includes Maya Rudolph, who co-stars as Glover's estranged daughter who joins him on his trip. I'm not sure what to make of this, it looks charming, but also looks a little dry. Enjoy. Here's the first international trailer (+ poster) for Diego Luna's Mr. Pig, on »

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Danny Glover & Maya Rudolph Hit The Road In First Trailer For Diego Luna’s ‘Mr. Pig’

5 July 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Diego Luna has quietly been carving out a directorial career, with a body of work that’s slowly but surely growing larger in size. The actor dropped his debut feature, “Abel,” in 2010 and it was followed by biopic “Cesar Chavez” in 2014. And this year, he hit the Sundance Film Festival with his latest and […]

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First Trailer: Diego Luna's "Mr. Pig"

5 July 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Best known for his acting in films like "Y Tu Mama Tambien" and the upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," Diego Luna has also been building a career as a director with "Abel" in 2010 and "Cesar Chavez" in 2014.

He returns with the much more quirky "Mr. Pig" this year, a dramedy about an old school Georgian pig farmer (Danny Glover) who, on the brink of losing everything, hits the road with this daughter (Maya Rudolph) to find a final resting place for his beloved swine Howie.

Luna's friend Gael Garcia Bernal executive producers the film which has yet to receive U.S. distribution.


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Danny Glover Hits The Road in First Trailer For Diego Luna’s ‘Mr. Pig’

5 July 2016 6:10 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He’ll be seen in one of our most-anticipated films of the year, Ana Lily Amirpour‘s The Bad Batch, and perhaps the most-anticipated everywhere else, Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story, but Diego Luna found time in between to direct another feature. His third foray in the director’s chair, Mr. Pig, looks to be a sweet, strange tale about a man and his pig.

While there’s no U.S. release yet, the first trailer has now arrived for the film that premiered at Sundance. Starring Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph, the story follows a man going on a road trip with his pig, with a price he’s willing to sell it for that seems to be too high for any buyers. What ensues seems to be a heartfelt look into friendship, aging, and a man’s bond with an animal.

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Danny Glover Talks Diego Luna's 'Mr. Pig,' Maya Rudolph and Predator and Lethal Weapon Remakes

25 May 2016 7:10 PM, PDT | CineMovie | See recent CineMovie news »

CineMovie caught up with actor Danny Glover at the Hola Mexico Film Festival in Los Angeles where his film, Mr. Pig, directed by Diego Luna, had it's premiere screening. The Lethal Weapon and Predator 2 actor talks about working with Diego Luna and co-star Maya Rudolph on the film and why could relate to being a farmer.  The veteran actor also shares his thoughs on the "Lethal Weapon" television series, and a Predator movie reboot with Shane Black directing. 

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Mundial brings 'Refugio' to Cannes

12 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Demian Bichir’s directorial debut follows a man travelling from Mexico to New Orleans.

Mundial is launching sales here on Demian Bichir’s feature directorial debut Refugio.

The story follows a romantic dreamer whose quest for love takes him from Mexico to New Orleans, where he falls for an exotic dancer and must contend with her dangerous former lover.

Alex Garcia produces Refugio with Santiago Garcia Galvan, Bruno Bichir, Bichir himself, and Walkiria Barbosa. The film screened on Wednesday (May 11) in Cannes and will again on Saturday (May 14).

Mundial vice-president Cristina Garza feels bullish about the film’s prospects. “It’s big, commercial and is going to do extremely well with the Us and hispanic audiences.”

Garza is on the Croisette with a strong slate. Sales titles include Tomas Portella’s Rio-set action title Special Operations (Operacoes Especiais) starring Cleo Pires, Fabricio Boliveira, Marcos Caruso and Fabiula Nascimento. It screens on Monday.

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Hola Mexico Film Festival Announces Lineup Including Closing Night Event with Alternative Band Zoé

5 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The eighth annual Hola Mexican Film Festival, presented by DishLATINO,  the largest festival of cinema outside of Mexico, today announced a partial lineup of the 2016 festival schedule including opening and closing nights and four special showcase presentations. The festival runs May 13-22 with all screenings taking place at the Regal La Live Stadium 14 Theatre, except for closing night which will be at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.   

This year’s festival will open with "Thin Yellow Line" (La Delgada Linea Amarilla)  nominated for 14 Premios Ariel Awards (Mexico’s “Oscars”). The film is a story of smooth roads and bumpy rides, with unexpected twists and turns... like life itself. Directed by Celso R. Garcia, the film stars Damián Alcazar, Joaquín Cosio, Silverio Palacios, Gustavo Sánchez Parra. Confirmed to attend the premiere are Cosio and Palacios as well as other special guests.

Additional showcase screenings include "We Fulfill Your Dreams" (Ilusiones S.A.) directed by Roberto Girault and starring Jaime Camil, Adriana Louvier, Silvia Mariscal on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 Pm and "Mr. Pig" with star Danny Glover to attend, on Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 Pm.  

Closing the festival on Sunday, May 22 is "Panoramas," a unique and introspective look inside one of Latin America's top alternative-rock music acts, Zoé. Members of band Zoé will attend and perform a DJ set. This special event screening will take place at La Plaza Cultura y Artes Theatre located at 501 N. Main Street, downtown Los Angeles. 

Also this year marks the first time that films from a country outside of Mexico will be shown with special presentations of two films from Chile – "Sin Filtro" and "El Bosque de Karadima"  

Opening Night Premiere – Friday, May 13 at 7:00 Pm

Regal La Live Stadium 14

"The Thin Yellow Line" (La Delgada Linea Amarilla)

Dir. Celso R. Garcia

Cast: Damián Alcazar, Joaquín Cosio, Silverio Palacios, Gustavo Sánchez Parra

Mexico 2015, 95 Min

Five men are hired to paint the yellow line of a road that will link two forgotten towns in Mexico. With less than 2 weeks to cover over 200 kilometers aboard a '76 pick-up truck, they will discover that painting at a speed of 1 km/hour will teach them about the lines between good and evil, laughter and despair, life and death. The challenges they face will change their lives forever. The Thin Yellow Line is a story of smooth roads and bumpy rides, with unexpected twists and turns... like life itself. 

Closing Night Premiere – Sunday, May 22 At 7:00 Pm

La Plaza Cultura y Artes theatre located at 501 N. Main Street, downtown Los Angeles. 


Dir. Rodrigo Guardiola y Gabriel Cruz Rivas

Cast: Zoé

Mexico 2016, 90 Min

A unique and introspective look inside one of Latin America's top alternative-rock music acts, Zoé. “Panoramas” is a Cinéma Vérité-style portrait of Zoé that takes you on a contemplative audio/visual journey through some of the band's most decisive moments.  A film crew accompanies the band during a two-year period to provide us with an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the band’s longest international tour to date, in their first real shot at becoming well-known and "making it big" outside their home country of México. The 15-year artistic career of Zoé completes its growth-cycle and reaches full circle as the musicians arrive at the quintessential question all bands face: What's next?


MÉXico Now

"We Fulfill Your Dreams" (Ilusiones S.A.) 

Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 Pm

Dir. Roberto Girault 

Cast: Jaime Camil, Adriana Louvier, Silvia Mariscal

Mexico 2015, 90 Min

"We Fulfill Your Dreams" is a company that makes fantasies come to life. Made up of a group of actors and led by a ‘Director' (Jaime Camil), they create set-ups to re-enact real-life circumstances for the good of people. 

For their latest job, they are hired by Mr. Balboa to spend a week in the roles of a long-gone loving grandson and his wife. Portrayed as an angel to his grandmother through fictitious letters created by the elderly Mr. Balboa, the young man has in reality become a villainous character. But things go awry for actors Mauricio and Isabel when the real grandson turns up for a show-down with his grandparents.

"Mr. Pig

Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 Pm

Dir. Diego Luna

Cast: Danny Glover, Maya Rudolph, Jose Maria Yazpik

Mexico 2016, 100 Min 

Ambrose Eubanks (Danny Glover), is an old-school pig farmer from California. After the family farm is foreclosed, he sets off with Howard, his beloved (and very large) pig, on a road trip to Mexico. 

Ambrose must figure out how to smuggle "Howie" across the border and find him a new home. 

"In Your Eyes" (A los Ojos) 

Friday, May 20 at 7:00 Pm and Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 Pm

Dir. Victoria FrancoMichel Franco

Cast: Mónica del Carmen, Omar Moreno, Benjamín Espinoza, Jacobo Najman

Mexico 2015, 96 Min

Monica is a social worker from Mexico City, a single mother whose child is suffering from a degenerative illness of the eyes. Having exhausted all other options, a corneal transplant is the child's only hope. Overwhelmed by the ineffectiveness of the health system and the scarcity of resources, Monica is driven to an extreme solution... Found within the world of the street children. 

"The Aparicios" (Las Aparacio) 

Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 Pm  and Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 Pm

Dir. Moisés Ortiz - Urquidi

Cast: Ana De La Reguera, María Del Carmen Farías, Liz Gallardo, Eréndia Ibarra, Damián Alcazar, Joaquín Cosio, Paulina Gaitán y Tenoch Huerta 

México 2016,  

The Aparicios are a family made up entirely of women, all cursed to become widows and to never bear male children. At their ranch in Xico, in the state of Veracruz, they discover the body of the first husband of an Aparicio woman. This leads the Aparicios to search their past in an attempt to end the ancient curse, and finally face their present

"Parallel Roads" (Rumbos Paralelos

Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 Pm

Dir. Rafael Montero

Cast: Ludwika Paleta, Iliana Fox, Michel Brown, Arturo Barba

Mexico 2016, 

(Film in Spanish, no English subtitles)

Rumbos Paralelos (Parallel Roads) tells the emotional story of two young mothers whose lives change unexpectedly.

Silvia must suddenly confront both her son’s illness and the abrupt discovery that she is not his biological mother. Desperate to find a donor for a life-saving kidney transplant, Silvia will seek out Gaby, the child's true biological mother. The following actions will put the power of maternity to the test and challenge life as a whole. Are family ties made out of love? Or are they carried in our blood? 

"Paradise Lost" (Paraiso Perdido

Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 Pm

Dir. Humberto Hinojosa

Cast: Ana Claudia Talancón, Iván Sanchez, Andrés Almeida

México 2016, 87 Min 

Three friends are traveling by sailboat through Caribbean waters, when they come across a deserted paradise island and decide to explore it. What was supposed to be one of the best weekends of their lives will turn into a tireless fight for survival when they discover the island's hidden secret.

"She is Ramona" (Ella es Ramona) 

Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 Pm and Monday, May 16 at 5:00 Pm

Dir. Hugo Rodriguez

Cast: Andrea Ortega Lee, Daniel Giménez Cacho, María Rojo, Leticia Huijara

México 2015, 83 Min

Ramona is overweight, with too many kilos and not enough luck. She remembers a childhood as the victim of abuse at the hands of her mother, her sister, and even her friends.  She was Big Belly Ramona, Big Eater Ramona, Ramona the Pig.  Now an adult, things aren't looking much better. Her life seems to be crumbling. She gets fired for being fat; when she seeks liposuction, her doctor rejects as a candidate for the procedure because she is too overweight. Things begin falling into place, however, when she stumbles across a Tarot café which sells the magic beetles that will change her life.

"Elvira, I would Give You my Life, but I’m Using It" (Elvira, Te Daria Mi Vida Pero La Estoy Usando) 

Thursday, May 19 at 9:00 Pm

Dir. Manolo Caro

Cast: Cecilia Suárez, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Vanessa Bauche

Mexico 2015, 108 Min

Gustavo, husband of Elvira, goes out one night to buy cigarettes, never to return. Elvira, a 40-year-old mother of two, begins a relentless search for the love of her life. Clues lead her to the conclusion that her husband has kept a secret relationship.  The unfortunate discovery will not stop Elvira in her mission of finding him.

"The Chosen Ones" (Las Elegidas

Friday, May 20 at 9:00 Pm

Dir. David Pablos

Cast: Nancy Talamantes, Óscar Torres

Mexico 2015, 105 Min 

Sofia, 14 years old, is in love with Ulises. Because of him, in spite of him, she is forced into a prostitution ring in Mexico. To set her free, Ulises will have to find another girl to replace her...


New Voices

"Leaf Blower" (Sopladora de Hojas

Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 Pm, Monday, May 16 at 9:30 Pm and Friday, May 20 at 5:00 Pm

Dir. Alejandro Iglesias

Cast: Francisco Rueda, Alejandro Guerrero, Fabrizio Santini

Mexico 2015, 96 Min

Lucas, Emilio and Rubén are three friends united in a special quest: to find a set of lost keys in a pile of dead leaves. What appears to be a simple task will turn into a profound journey that forces the teenagers to confront their fears: of letting go of the past, of facing embarrassing truths, of taking risks... Of growing up.  This afternoon, as trivial as it may sound, could change the course of their lives.  Or maybe not.


Saturday, May 14 at 4:00 Pm and Thursday, May 19 at 5:00 Pm

Dir. José Paredes

Cast: Jorge Guevara, Tania Niebla y Lirio Karina

Mexico 2015, 90 Min

Amir, an aspiring musician, finds himself drawn to Jeanette, a beautiful singer he meets during a night out on the town with his friends. The attraction complicates his relationship with his current girlfriend, Elizabeth, who is expecting his child. Amir will attempt to work out his feelings towards his newfound love interest, music and maturity, as adulthood forces him to make some challenging choices along the way.

"The Arrival of Conrado Sierra" (El Arribo de Conrado Sierra

Friday, May 20 at 9:00 Pm

Dir. René Pereyra

CastMaite Perroni, Joaquín Cosío, Susana Dosamantes, Ana González, Rocío García, Jessica Mas

Mexico 2015, 120 Min

In 1940's "Torres Mochas" (the city of Torreón, Mexico), the widow Doña Josefina and her five spinster daughters await the arrival of a man aiming to marry the youngest of the sisters. The local townspeople, excited at the prospect of one of “Virgin Josefitas” finally marrying, prepare massive celebrations. When the mysterious suitor finally appears, circumstances take an unforeseen course. 

For The Children

"The Adventures of Itzel and Sonia" (Las Aventuras de Itzel y Sonia) 

Saturday, May 14 at 12:00 Pm

Dir. Fernanda Rivero

Cast: Arcelía Ramírez, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Joaquín Cosío, Bruno Bichir

Mexico 2016, 70 Min

This film was made as part of the “Cuéntamelo filmando” ("Tell it to me with the cameras rolling") workshop and was done with the support of 500 people from 10 rural communities in Mexico. 

Itzel, an 8-year-old girl, and her best friend ‘Sonia the Frog’ will embark on a mission to find the guardians of the water, before the city's supply runs out. With the help of her grandmother, they will search in the most remote areas of Mexico, while a faceless being stalks them.

"By My Mustache" (Por Mis Bigotes

Sunday, May 15 at 12:00 Pm

Dir. Manuel Carames

Cast: Jesus Ochoa, Santiago Torres, Fernando Becerril

Mexico 2015, 90 Min

Though it sounds unbelievable, little Ulises, at only nine years old, has grown an enormous mustache from one day to the next. So begins a series of extraordinary events for him, his mother and his best friends. From this moment forward, all of them, along with a cast of very curious characters, will find themselves caught up in a very hairy adventure.


"Made in Bangkok"

Monday, May 16 at 7:00 Pm

Dir. Flavio Florencio

Cast: Morgana Love

Mexico 2015, 75 Min

Morgana is a Mexican transgender opera singer with a relentless determination to assert her identity, despite having to fight against social stigma and family prejudice. Her dream is to have gender-reassignment surgery. Her only chance to make happen is by winning a beauty pageant in Bangkok, and use the $10,000 cash prize to pay for the surgery. The documentary embarks on Morgana’s journey with her, while providing us with an intimate portrait of what it is to construct a long-dreamt-of identity.

"Mexican Fighting" (Lucha Mexico

Sunday, May 15 at 7:00 Pm

Dir. Alexandria Hammond & Ian Markiewicz

Cast: 1000% Guapo, Blue Demon, Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, Tony Salazar, Arkangel

México / USA 103 Min

The ultimate look behind the mask, Lucha Mexico documents the joyous spectacle of Lucha Libre wrestling, which has thrilled Mexican fans for generations. The story follows "El 1000% Guapo" (1000% Handsome) Shocker, one of the most successful Luchadores of the modern era. His life is consumed by the need of being in the ring. A supporting cast of fan-favorites further reveal the world of Lucha Libre from the inside, with Blue Demon Jr. discussing life from behind a legendary mask; the violent history of El Hijo del Perro Aguayo (the Son of "The Dog" Aguayo); as well as veterans like Tony Salazar and Archangel, as they pass on the secrets of the ring to a new generation of fighters. These stars and others will shed light on the intense physical and emotional challenges they must constantly face in order to stand inside the ropes and thrill every last fan. With its unprecedented access to the top Lucha performers and promoters, as well as other players of this grand spectacle, Lucha Mexico steps into the ring to show us the great power behind the mask, and leads us straight to the beating heart of Mexico. 

Hola Chile

"The Church Of Karadima" (El Bosque de Karadima

Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 Pm and Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 Pm

Dir. Matías Lira

Cast: Benjamin Vicuña, Luis Gnecco, Ingrid Isensee

Chile 2015, 98 Min

Fernando Karadima, the pastor and leader of the most powerful Church of the Chilean upper class from the 1980's to 2000's, is considered a living saint. Thomas, a teenager in search of his vocation, finds himself drawn to Karadima and accepts him as a spiritual guide. For 20 years, Tommy will gradually be subjected to physical and psychological abuse by the priest, until he decides to speak out and confront both the charismatic priest and the power networks that protect him, finally uncovering the real Karadima hiding behind the investiture of God's representative on Earth.

"No Filter" (Sin Filtro

Wednesday, May 18 at 9:00 Pm

Dir. Nicolás López

Cast: Paz Bascuñán, Ignacia Allamand, Paulo Brunei

Chile 2016, 100 Min

Pía is on the verge of a nervous breakdown: Her boss humiliates her, her husband ignores her, her stepson is disrespectful, and her best friend no longer listens to what she says. 

Pía begins having strong chest pains and, after trying many different healing methods, decides to undergo an acupuncture treatment. The Chinese doctor discovers that Pía's pain is caused by repressed feelings, and, with an ancient technique, he "removes the filter". From now on, an uninhibited Pía will realize that the only way to heal herself is to speak everything that comes to mind -  which won't always bring her the best results.



Saturday, May 14 at 12 Midnight and Wednesday, May 18 at 5:00 Pm

Dir. Juan De La Peña

Cast: Diego Sánchez, Esteban De la Isla, Ana Lucía Camacho, Julia Dávalos, Eduardo Romo, Gustavo Gascón, Inés Vachez

Mexico 2016, 88 Min

The owner of a huge house in the woods, in the town of Barrancas, has a reputation for not paying his employees. When the latest housekeeper goes missing, everyone simply assumes that yet another employee has quit. Meanwhile, back in the city, the owner's nephew Mario is tasked with going to Barrancas to hand over the keys to the new caretaker. Young Mario thinks it’s a good idea to secretly invite his friends from college, as well as the girl he likes, out to the country house for a fun weekend. What Mario doesn’t know is that this may turn out to be a very dangerous idea indeed.

"The Similars" (Los Parecidos

Sunday, May 15 at 9:30 Pm and Tuesday, May 17 at 5:00 Pm

Dir. Isaac Ezban

CastGustavo Sánchez Parra, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Humberto Busto, Carmen Beato

Mexico 2015, 89 Min

In the rainy darkness of the early morning hours of October 2, 1968, eight people are waiting in a remote bus station in the middle of nowhere for the bus heading to Mexico City. They’ll soon find themselves experiencing a strange phenomenon.

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Netflix Acquires Im Global/Canana’s Mundial Title ‘The Chosen Ones’

28 April 2016 12:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired global rights to David Pablos’ “Las Elegidas” from Mundial, the joint sales venture of Stuart Ford’s Im Global and Canana, the production-sales company of Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz.

Produced by Cruz, Pablos’ breakthrough movie recently scored 13 nominations for Mexico’s Ariel Academy Awards. “The Chosen Ones” was also the first Spanish-speaking title to be announced last year for the Cannes Festival, where it screened in Un Certain Regard. It will bow on Netflix from May 8. Global deal obviously does not not include territories licensed by Mundial. Arp Selection, one of France’s premier art-house distributors, acquired French rights to “The Chosen Ones” in the run-up to Cannes last-year, for instance.

Written by Pablos – with Pedro Peirano, the screenwriter of Pablo Larrain’s Oscar-nominated “No” and co-scribe on Sebastian Silva’s “The Maid” serving as a script consultant – “The Chosen Ones” followed on Pablos’ debut, »

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Watch: Diego Luna Gives Remezcla an Intimate Look at 'Mr Pig,' His Mexico-Set Road Movie

6 March 2016 9:47 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Remezcla talked to Diego Luna about directing "Mr. Pig" during the Sundance Film Festival. They tagged along to his world premiere screening and took him on a ski lift ride the next morning. He shared his fears about filmmaking, the joy that sharing his art with an audience brings, and why he thinks his daddy issues make it into all his movies.

This is the second episode of Remezcla's Panoramica series, where they follow Latino directors during the lead up to the world premiere of their most recent movie at big name film festivals.

The Mexican premiere of "Mr. Pig" was Saturday, March 5 at the Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg). The film's Isa is Mundial, U.S. rights are still available.

Read more about the Sundance premiere here.

Hit play on the video below to follow Diego Luna's emotional journey to the Sundance Film Festival.


- Vanessa Erazo

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Cuaron, Garcia-Bernal, Luna Set for Guadalajara

4 March 2016 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guadalajara – “Gravity’s” Alfonso Cuaron, Gael Garcia Bernal, star of Emmy-winning “Mozart in the Jungle” and Diego Luna, who toplines Amazon’s “Casanova,” look set to attend this week’s 31st Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival, an event that, unspooling five says after Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s Academy Award director win, proves that these days Mexican fests hardly needs foreign Hollywood stars: They’ve got their own, or can draw on celebrities from other parts of the Spanish-speaking world.

That said, in one early fest highlight, Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph will present “Mr. Pig” at a charity gala Saturday: and Ron Perelman will receive a tribute.

They will be joined by top-of-the-class Mexican producers: Pablo Cruz at Canana, Leo Zimbron and Mark Alazraki at Alazraki Ent, both companies based out of L.A- and Mexico City, plus Monica Lozano, producer of “Amores Perros” and “Instructions Not Included.”

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Diego Luna in Talks to Join Ellen Page in ‘Flatliners’ Remake

29 February 2016 5:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rogue One” star Diego Luna is in talks to star with Ellen Page in Sony’s remake of “Flatliners,” sources confirm to Variety.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” helmer Niels Arden Oplev will direct the film from a script by Ben Ripley. Laurence Mark will produce with Michael Douglas. Production is expected to start in early July.

The original 1990 thriller follows a group of medical students who experiment with “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.

Luna will most likely portray one of the medical students, according to sources. Sony declined to comment.

Besides a leading role in Disney’s upcoming “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story,” Luna will also star opposite Mel Gibson in “Blood Father” as well as in Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch.”

Luna recently wrote, directed and produced the Sundance Film Festival drama “Mr. Pig, »

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Berlin: Luna, Bichir Topline Canana’s ‘Black Minutes’ (Exclusive)

10 February 2016 11:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Academy Award-nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), Diego Luna (“Y Tu Mamá También”) and Sofia Espinosa (“Gloria”) will star in “The Black Minutes,” one of two new and high-profile titles brought onto Berlin’s market by Im Global/Canana’s joint sales venture Mundial.

Mexico/L.A.-based, and headed by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, Canana also produces “The Black Minutes,” which weighs in as one of the big new players for the U.S. Latino audience, Mexico and beyond.

Mundial will also sell 2016 Sundance-selected “Mr. Pig,” directed by Luna, and starring Danny Glover.

A modern-day film noir and tale of crime, corruption and cover-ups that brings a 20-year-old cold case crashing into the present day, “The Black Minutes” turns on a world weary cop and serial killer confronting past crimes that have tied them together for many years.

Adapting the same-titled novel by Martin Solares, “The »

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“Inside a Minivan with a Huge Hog”: Dp Damian Garcia on Diego Luna’s Mr. Pig

30 January 2016 5:00 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Actor Deigo Luna visits the Sundance Film Festival for the first time as a director with Mr. Pig, a rural road movie starring Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph. The film was shot by Damian Garcia, a Dp with more than a dozen Spanish-language shorts and features to his name. Filmmaker spoke with Garcia about the film’s location shooting and unobtrusive visual style. Mr. Pig played in the Premieres program at Sundance 2016. Filmmaker: How and why did you wind up being the cinematographer of your film? What were the factors and attributes that led to your being hired for this job? Garcia: […] »

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Watch: 40-Minute Sundance Filmmaker Talk With Whit Stillman, Diego Luna, John Carney, Liz Garbus, And More

28 January 2016 3:12 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While much of the film hubbub has been concentrated on awards season lately, let’s not forget about the essential Sundance Film Festival. Founded in 1978, Sundance now has an attendance of almost 50,000, making it the largest independent film festival in the United States. It's where careers are made, future Oscar contenders are found, and bold new voices emerge. But it's also a home for veterans too. Many filmmakers have long been friends to Sundance and launched films there. Read More: 'Birth Of A Nation' And Beyond: 25 Actors And Filmmakers That Broke Through At The 2016 Sundance Film Festival A mix a both sat new and old down for a talk, and the panel included John Carney (“Sing Street”), Diego Luna (“Mr. Pig,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien”), Liz Garbus (Oscar-nominated “What Happened, Miss Simone?, “Nothing Left Unsaid), Christine Vachon (“Wiener-Dog,” “Goat,” “Carol”), James Schamus (“Indignation,” former head of Focus Features), and Whit Stillman (“Love and Friendship, »

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Sundance Review: Diego Luna's 'Mr. Pig' Starring Danny Glover And Maya Rudolph

28 January 2016 1:44 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The film opens inside a rustic home, filthy and in disarray. Dirty dishes are stacked a mile high, miscellaneous items are randomly scattered across the room, and a sizable bottle of brown liquor appears mostly empty. A sonically assaultive landline telephone begins to ring, waking up Eubanks (Danny Glover). Delaying as long as he can, he ambles into the kitchen, finally answering the phone. It's his daughter, Eunice (Maya Rudolph), audibly exasperated as she asks whether he'll be visiting her and the grandchildren this weekend. Eubanks begins to ramble off reasons why it's going to be difficult for that to happen. They both know the answer, though. He won't be there, and within five minutes, it's clear he never really has been. That guilt, brought on by parental absence, permeates every frame of "Mr. Pig," the latest directorial effort by Diego Luna. And it doesn't go away. Soon we discover »

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‘Mr. Pig’ A Love Letter To Diego Luna’s Father & Mexico – Sundance Studio

27 January 2016 2:54 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Diego Luna’s third narrative feature directorial Mr. Pig is a road trip through Mexico, through the eyes of an American farmer. Danny Glover plays Ambrose, who on the edge of losing his farm, embarks on a road trip with his large prized pig to find him a new home south of the border. Maya Rudolph plays Ambrose’s daughter Eunice. He’s been evading her, and hasn’t kept her in the fold on his health situation, which is deteriorating. For Glover, Mr. Pig was a connection to… »

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