At its 10th anniversary closing night gala HOLA Mexico Film Festival (HMFF) presented its Cinelatino & DishLATINO Audience Choice Award and Cinelatino Best Director Award to Issa Lopez for Vuelven. Hailed by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro as one of the best Mexican films in recent years, Vuelven, a dark fantasy, is a heartfelt genre film that surpasses all expectations. Its protagonist, 10-year-old Estrella, has three wishes. The first one is for her missing mother to return. Her wish is granted, but her mother is dead and her ghost follows her everywhere. Terrified, Estrella tries to escape by joining a gang of orphan children, but she quickly discovers that in the real world, ghosts are never truly left behind, and that only the bravest survive the brutality and violence that surround her.
In collaboration with UNAM and presented for the first time, the Cinelatino Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today Short Award was presented to Jimmy Moreno for short film Embalmer. Embalmer follows the story of a veteran mortician who muses about life, death and the things one must do in preparation.