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Like Water For Chocolate

Hispanic Heritage Month – September 2022

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Join us this September for a miniseries celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Being based in Santa Ana, The Frida Cinema has always had a special relationship with the Hispanic community, with our theater programming everything from the fantasies of Guillermo del Toro to the milestone music biopic Selena over the years. In the spirit of the month this year, we have programmed three films set in Mexico. All belong to different genres and tell very different stories but rest assured that they – when taken together as a whole – reflect the rich diversity of Mexican and, by extension, Hispanic culture.

Coco – Aug 31 & Sep 1
Directed by Lee Unkrich | 2017

Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) has dreamed of becoming a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), despite his family’s generations-long ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead, where he runs into a charming trickster named Héctor (Gael García Bernal). The two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

Grave Robbers – Sep 2
Directed by Rubén Galindo Jr. | 1989

Four young men plan to loot the tombs in a small mausoleum, but they disturb the evil forces that look after the cemetery. Directed by legendary Mexican horror director, Rubén Galindo Jr.

Like Water for Chocolate – Sep 11
Directed by Alfonso Arau | 1992

Like Water for Chocolate stars Lumi Cavazos as Tita, a young woman who finds herself deeply in love with Pedro (Marco Leonardi). Due to tradition however, as the youngest daughter in her family she is obligated to remain single and care for her mother into old age, and is therefore forbidden to marry by her domineering mother. Crushed, Pedro marries Tita’s sister in an attempt to remain near to her, leading Tita to express her pent-up emotions through her cooking — only to find her meals causing increasingly strange and magical effects upon those ho eats them.


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