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Lucha Mexico
Lucha Mexico

The documentary LUCHA MEXICO, directed by Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, will be released nationwide day-and-date on July 15, 2016 via Sol Y Luna, Kino Lorber’s new Spanish-language label.

Focusing on a fascinating group of luchadores/performers, like Shocker (or 1000% Guapo), Jon “Strongman” Andersen, Blue Demon Jr., Fabian El Gitano and El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, among many others, Lucha Mexico reveals what it takes to succeed in the Lucha Libre business – also capturing the excitement over this unique mix of brawling, entertainment and acrobatics.

“Our new film Lucha Mexico has been a passion project of many years, tirelessly following some of the hardest working Luchadores in the world ­- both in and out of the ring,” wrote directors Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz. “We are ecstatic to be partnering with Kino Lorber, whose long-standing passion for sharing unique films has made great cinema accessible to everyone. As the US and Mexico grow closer, we think this celebration of the Mexican spirit will create an exciting connection between movie lovers, Lucha fans and audiences from either side of the border.”

The historic Arena Mexico (pictured above) lies in the center of a sprawling Mexico City, hidden amongst auto repair shops, mom and pop taco stands and shuttered night clubs. For most of the past century, this unassuming venue has been the weekly home of Lucha Libre, a place where masked Luchadores entertain thousands of fans with displays of athleticism and acrobatics, and where some of the most exciting wrestling shows in the world are held.

Shot over the course of four years, and with full access to Mexico’s biggest Lucha Libre promotions, Lucha Mexico gives viewers an exciting cinematic look at the triumphs and struggles of a cast of fan-favorites. And as the country fights back against crime, corruption and an insistent economic crisis, the innocent catharsis of Lucha Libre is more sought after than ever.

LUCHA MEXICO, directed by Alex Hammond (Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, Children of Haiti) and Ian Markiewicz (Better Than Something: Jay Reatard, The Love We Make), had its US premiere at last year’s DOC NYC, the largest film festival exclusively dedicated to documentaries in the United States.

Scheduled for a national day-and-date release on July 15, 2016, Lucha Mexico will become available simultaneously on iTunes, Cable on Demand and in at least a dozen markets, including engagements in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, and Albuquerque.

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