The 11th edition of Hola Mexico Film Festival will open with the Los Angeles premiere of The Good Girls ( Las niñas bien) on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood. The film, directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella, is a satirical critique of Mexico’s bourgeoisie class. Inspired by María Guadalupe Loaeza’s book by the same name, the film stars Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti, and Paulina Gaitan and is produced by Gabriela Maire and Rodrigo S. González.
Hola Mexico Film Festival takes place May 31 to June 8, 2019 in Los Angeles.
“We are thrilled to open the festival with The Good Girls ( Las niñas bien). Márquez Abella presents us with an almost anthropological critique of Mexico’s social class and the role women played at the time but filmed with a touch of satirical genius as well,” said Samuel Douek, director of Hola Mexico Film Festival.
THE GOOD GIRLS (LAS NIÑAS BIEN)
Surrounded by extravagant luxury, Sofía de Garay (Ilse Salas) lives in a dreamlike cloud of opulence in 1980s Mexico City. Her days are filled with lavish soirees, designer dresses, country-club tennis matches, and all the pleasures reserved for the upper crust. In this world, appearances are everything and friendships are only as strong as your financial status. However, when Mexico’s 1982 economic crisis hits her husband’s business hard, the elegant lifestyle Sofia is accustomed to falls to pieces right before her eyes. Soon, her arrogance turns into desperation, as she is forced to confront her new reality. It’s only in her infatuation with Spanish singer Julio Iglesias that Sofia finds solace from the unbearable turmoil. Director Alejandra Márquez Abella’s film is a sumptuous examination of the privileged few trapped in their artificial microcosm of hypocrisy, superficiality, and immense loneliness.
Dir. Alejandra Márquez Abella. Cast: Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti. Mexico, 93 min, 2019. Spanish with English subtitles.