Exitos del Cine Latino 2016 Announces Full Film Line-Up and Schedule!

Presented by Westfield Plaza Bonita

We are thrilled to announce the complete film line-up and schedule for Exitos del Cine Latino 2016! From August 26th through September 1st, 14 features will make their Southbay premiere, including films starring Gael García Bernal, Ricardo Darín, Ximena Ayala, Ana Claudia Talancón, Omar Chaparro, Martha Higareda, among others at the Westfield Plaza Bonita Mall!

And, in between your movies, make sure to dance and party with us! We’ve prepared an incredible schedule with live music & entertainment for you! Check it out:

Opening Night Fiesta: Music, drinks, appetizers, and celebrities! Friday August 26th, 5:30PM-7:30PM

Sonido Latino: FREE live music & performances! From Aug. 26th – September 1, on the 2nd floor of Westfield Plaza Bonita! Full entertainment schedule here.

Join us each night for memorable moments, movies, special guests, music, & much more!

Buy your tickets TODAY!

Exitos del Cine Latino 2016 Film Line-Up:

El Apóstata





 Dir. Federico Veiroj

(Uruguay / Spain / France, 80 min, 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Dramedy) MON 8/29 / 8:00 / S2 WED 8/31 / 10:00 / S2

In Federico Veiroj’s jocular and pointed EL APÓSTATA, a young man navigates the bureaucracy of the Catholic church when he tries to renounce his faith.




Dir. Carlos Saura FRI 8/26 / 6:00 / S2

SUN 8/28 / 12:00 / S2

(Argentina, 85 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Documentary)

Poetic, riveting and moving, ARGENTINA explores the heart of traditional Argentine folklore and its stunning musical heritage – from styles such as the Zamba of “La Felipe Varela” to modern dance – as captured by legendary and iconic filmmaker Carlos Saura (Flamenco, Flamenco; Cria Cuervos).




Dir. Daniel Carpalsoro (Argentina / Spain / France, 96 min, 2016, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Crime/Thriller) FRI 8/26 / 10:15 / S2 TUE 8/30 / 4:00 / S2 THU 9/1 / 8:00 / S2

Six armed men attack a bank in Valencia. The gang has a seemingly cut-and-dry mission: to clear out the safe deposit boxes possible and then escape through a tunnel that was dug out in one of the bank’s offices. But this is a day when nothing goes as planned as their escape route becomes flooded and the band of thieves discover a secret far more important than any money or jewels hidden in the bank vaults. Starring Luis Tosar (ma ma), Raúl Arévalo (LA ISLA MINIMA) and Rodrigo de la Serna (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES).




Dir. Jonás Cuarón (Mexico, 94 min., 2016, English, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama/Thriller) SAT 8/27 / 8:30 / S2 SUN 8/28 / 10:15 / S2 THU 9/1 10:00 / S2

From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of GRAVITY, comes DESIERTO, a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller, starring Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border.



Dir. Álex De La Iglesia

(Spain, 93 min., 2014, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Documentary/Biopic) SUN 8/28 / 2:00 / S2 WED 8/31 / 6:00 / S2

What is it that makes Messi the best player in the world? The answer cannot be summed up by merely listing the value of his achievements, instead, it is necessary to delve into what it is that has made Messi such a unique footballer. This endearing documentary/biopic hybrid captures the spirit of the unlikeliest superstar playing in any professional sport today. Iglesia’s brilliant cinematic lens captures Messi’s awe-inspiring prowess of soccer. A truly must-watch film for any supporter of the beautiful game.




Dir. Ana Katz (Uruguay / Argentina, 85 min, 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) FRI 8/26 / 4:00 / S2 SAT 8/27 / 10:30 / S2 TUE 8/30 / 6:00 / S2

Liz is struggling to adjust to her new life as a mother. With her husband in a different country for work, Liz has left her job to stay at home and care for their baby, Nicanor. Feeling lost and alone, Liz begins taking Nicanor to the neighborhood park, where she strikes up a friendship with the blunt, spontaneous Rosa. Her new friend sucks Liz into a world of stolen cars, unstable sisters, and shady pasts.



Dir. Diego Luna (Mexico, 92 min., 2015, English; Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Drama) SUN 8/28 / 8:15 / S2 TUE 8/30 / 10:15 / S2 THU 9/1 / 6:00 / S2

Diego Luna’s third directorial effort is an astonishing and affecting road-movie about a farmer (Danny Glover) who decides to take his favorite pig to Mexico to find him a better home. Along the way, he unexpectedly re-connects with his estranged daughter (Maya Rudolph).


No Manches Frida


Dir. Nacho Garcia Velilla

(Mexico, 100 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles, Comedy) SUN 8/28 / 4:00 / S2 **Special Appearance by Fernanda Castillo!

In this hilarious comedy starring Omar Chaparro and Martha Higareda, an ex-con works as a substitute teacher in order to retrieve the loot he buried under a high school’s new gym.




Dir. Paula Ortiz

(Spain, 95 min, 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) MON 8/29 / 4:00 / S2 WED 8/31 / 8:00 / S2

In this visually lush and staggeringly beautiful adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Boda de Sangre, an incendiary love triangle transgresses societal standards and threatens to ruin the lives of all involved. On the day of her wedding, a bride is unable to control her desire and escapes with her lover, leaving behind a scorned fiancé. Their disobedience will have devastating consequences.




Dir. Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz

(Mexico, 87 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Thriller) SAT 8/27 / 6:15 / S2 **Special Appearance by Ana Claudia Talancón! MON 8/29 / 10:00 / S2

Ana Claudia Talancón stars in this heart-stopping thriller about three friends on an exciting sailing trip who come across a seemingly idyllic and beautiful island. Their dream vacation turns into a nightmare however when they discover the island’s sinister secret.

El Tamaño Sí Importa

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(Mexico, 90 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Comedy) FRI 8/26 / 8:00 / S2 **Special Appearance by director Rafa Lara and Ximena Ayala! THU 9/1 / 4:00 / S2

Ximena Ayala, Vadhir Derbez, and Eugenio Derbez star in this hilarious and romantic comedy about a “normal” woman who becomes involved with a wealthy, womanizing socialite. Despite the atypical nature of their attraction, they soon learn that love is a force of unpredictable nature.




Dir. César Augusto Acevedo (Colombia, 97 min, 2015, Spanish w/ English subtitles, Drama) SAT 8/27 / 2:00 / S2 MON 8/29 / 6:00 / S2

Alfonso is a farmer who returns home to his family after a long absence to tend for his son who is gravely ill. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. After abandoning his family for 17 years, Alfonso embarks on an emotional journey to reconnect and mend his family.





Dir. Cesc Gay

(Argentina/Spain, 108 min., 2015, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Drama) SAT 8/27 / 4:00 / S2 SUN 8/28 / 6:00 / S2 TUE 8/30 / 8:00 / S2

In this touching and endearing drama starring Ricardo Darín (WILD TALES) and Javier Cámara (TALK TO HER), two friends come together after one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Their reunion takes them to unexpected places and in the process of tying up loose ends, they find themselves learning the true value of friendship.


When Two Worlds Collide 


Dirs. Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel (Peru, 100 min., 2016, Spanish w/ English Subtitles, Documentary) SAT 8/27 / 12:00 / S2 WED 8/31 / 4:00 / S2

Set against the backdrop of a global recession and climate crisis, WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE, winner of a World Cinema documentary competition prize for best first feature at Sundance, reveals the human side to the battle of conflicting visions and political wills working to shape the future of the Amazon, and of an already debilitated global ecosystem.


Movie Tickets & Passes:

$11.50 Individal Film Tickets 

$25 Opening Night Package (Opening Night Reception + Ticket to Opening Night Film)

$18 Opening Night Reception ONLY

$45  5-Movie Ticket Pack(limited two per customer)

$103 Film Pass (includes 9 films & priority seating line; limited two per customer)

$237 All-Access Pass (All 14 movies, priority seating line,& much more!)


Info: 619-230-1938 or info@mediaartscenter.org.

All proceeds benefit Media Arts Center San Diego’s, a 501c(3) non profit, education and film outreach programs and services in South Bay San Diego.

Mil gracias to our amazing sponsors of EXITOS DEL CINE LATINO 2016! Presenting Sponsor:Westfield Plaza Bonita. Film Sponsors: AMC Independent, El Latino Newspaper, National City Tourism Marketing District. Media Sponsors: The Star News, National City Chamber of Commerce, County of San Diego, La Prensa San Diego, CW6, Giving Back Magazine, Televisa XEWT 12, Telemundo, El Mexicano Newspaper, Univision KBNT 17, Uniradio Group, Frontera Newspaper, Grupo Cadena / MORE FM 89.9, Hoy San Diego, The San Diego Union Tribune. Party Sponsors:Westfield Plaza Bonita, Fiesta Hall, Tequila Fortaleza, Mariscos Beyera

For more information on the overall Exitos del Cine Latino Film Festival (August 26 – September 1, 2016) festival schedule, movie tickets, & complete list of films being screened, please visitwww.exitos.sdlatinofilmfestival.com or call 619-230-1938 today!