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Newport Beach Film Festival to feature Mexican Cinema

Newport Beach Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Courtesy Newport Beach Film Festival

On Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 the Newport Beach Film Festival will present its 15th annual Mexican Spotlight, an evening celebration of Mexican cinema and culture. The Spotlight will screen the regional premiere of the Mexican feature film,

The Amazing Catfish (Los Insólitos Peces Gato).

The Amazing Catfish, a festival favorite at both the Locarno Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, focuses on Claudia (Ximena Ayala), who after a short stay in hospital is adopted very naturally into the unruly household of her hospital roommate Martha (Lisa Owen). What starts off as a playful, modest friendship within Martha's hippie family and among her fast-talking daughters quickly becomes a precarious pact in which Claudia doesn´t want to lose her adopted family, and Martha and her daughters equally can´t live without Claudia. The Amazing Catfish is directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce and also stars: Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillen, Andrea Baeza, and Alejandro Ramirez Munoz.

“The Festival is exceptionally proud to showcase such strong Latino cinema,” stated Gregg Schwenk, CEO of the Newport Beach Film Festival. “We look forward to presenting compelling contemporary works of Latino filmmakers and hosting a sensational event that celebrates Latino art and culture.”

The Mexican Spotlight film will screen at Edwards Big Newport (300 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660).

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Edwards Big Newport Theater (300 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach, CA 92660)

7:30 p.m. – The Amazing Catfish (Los Insólitos Peces Gato) (2013, Mexico)

10:00 p.m. – Post Screening Gala (Via Lido Plaza (3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663)

The post-screening celebration will take place at the Via Lido Plaza (3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663). The event will include select tastings from top Orange County restaurants, traditional entertainment as well as multiple DJs. Hosted bar by Stella Artois and Tito’s Vodka.

The Newport Beach Film Festival Mexican Spotlight is supported by National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Visit Mexico, Latin Heat Magazine, W 690 AM, Portal Languages and Para Todos.

Select retail partners will offer special in-store promotions and entertainment. Admission to the Mexican Spotlight film and post party is $40.00. For ticket and information please visit:

About The Newport Beach Film Festival

Celebrated as one of the leading film festivals in the United States, the Newport Beach Film Festival has evolved into a prestigious multicultural event, attracting over 53,000 attendees to Southern California. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program, a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a fresh and diverse collection of studio and independent films from around the globe. Located along the pristine Orange County coastline, the Newport Beach Film Festival offers attendees an optimal setting to experience filmmaking at its best. With its action packed slate of film screenings, red carpet galas, international spotlights, nightly receptions, compelling conversations with filmmakers, fashion shows, music performances and industry seminars, the Newport Beach Film Festival has quickly gained recognition among filmmakers and audiences worldwide. The 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival runs April 24th - May 1st, 2014 and will spotlight over 300 films from around the world.

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