The Fifth OC Film Fiesta Kicks Off on September 18

And much a kicking it will do.

The 5th OC Film Fiesta kicks off on Thursday, September 18 with Volando Bajo, (Flying Low), which is a parody on 80’s Mexican música grupera, directed by Beto Gómez. The director focuses on this music genre associated with pop music acts like Los Bukis, Los pastels Verdes, and Rigo Tovar, or that of any band performing so-called música versátil typically heard at a quinceañera or reunion of that sort. Gómez is no stranger to Santa Ana. In 2004 his black & white film El sueño del caimán (The Caiman’s Dream) was shown at the then-called Metropolitan Fiesta Twin Theater, on 4th street downtown, for the first-ever Orange County Latino Film Festival. Gómez is, perhaps, better known for his parody Saving Private Pérez, which had a limited release in U.S. theaters in 2011.

Festival director Sandra Peña wanted to weave in a soccer theme into this year’s festival. Initially there were plans to bring a Chivas USA soccer clinic and player appearances to Green Heart Park, but things didn’t go as planned. One of the players sought, Adolfo “Bofo” Bautista, left Chivas USA after a short stint. The other, Erick “El Cubo” Torres, an MLS All-Star, has had too much on his plate with call-ups to the MLS All-Stars and the Mexican National Team. The Film Fiesta will screen the family flick Atlético San Pancho, about a boys soccer team, in a flick reminiscent of Kicking and Screaming with Will Farrell.

Also showing, and keeping with this year’s soccer theme is the documentary-style film Ilusión Nacional (A Nation’s Dream).

The OC Film Fiesta closes with Around the World in 80 Days, starring Mario Moreno, “Cantinflas.” Festival organizers hit a home run with the showing of Around the World in 80 Days, to ride the wave of interest in the recent Lionsgate & Televisa (Pantelion Films) theatrical release of Cantinflas; the biopic of Mexico’s greatest comic icon, Mario Moreno. It’s precisely because the Cantinflas biopic treats the subject of the production of what went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture in 1956, that showing Around the World in 80 Days in a movie theater, for this film festival, is so appropriate. Mario Moreno “Cantinflas” contributed greatly to the success of that movie that he won a much-deserved Golden Globe for his role in the film.

For more showtimes refer to the graphic below or visit OC Film Fiesta online.

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