CineFestival Preview: Top Picks

click to enlarge Three "Mi Familia" cast members (including Esaí Morales, top right) will be at CineFestival.
Three "Mi Familia" cast members (including Esaí Morales, top right) will be at CineFestival.

The 38th annual edition of CineFestival starts Friday with Mi Familia/My Family and ends Saturday, February 27 with Bordertown. Next week, the Current will feature my take on what the festival has and what it needs. For now, here's a partial list of the key films to watch, in chronological order. 

All movies at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe. Complete schedule and tickets available at here. Individual tickets $8, festival pass $50, festival pass + Opening Night $65.



Mi Familia/My Family “family reunion”

If this hasn’t sold out by the time you read this, hurry and get your tickets. Gregory Nava’s epic, three-generation story of a Mexican-American family in East LA earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Make Up and is CineFestival’s greatest bet in the bring-on-the-stars department: cast members Esaí Morales, Jacob Vargas and Elpidia Carrillo will be present to talk about the film, in a chat moderated by local acting hero Jesse Borrego. 7pm Fri.

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