June 27, 2003

Popular Mexican Film “La Ley de Herodes/Herod’s Law” in San Diego For Limited Engagement

Media Arts Center San Diego’s new “Cinema en tu Idioma” series will present the long-awaited San Diego theatrical release of the highly acclaimed and entertaining Mexican film “La Ley De Herodes/Herod’s Law.  La Ley will be released on July 11th. La Ley is in Spanish with English subtitles and is recommended for mature audiences only.

“La Ley De Herodes” and the entire “Cinema en tu Idioma” series takes place at Madstone Theaters Hazard Center located in Hazard Center in San Diego’s Mission Valley (7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108).

An audience favorite at the 2000 Cine Mexicano Film Series & 2001 San Diego Latino Film Festival. Luis Estrada directs this groundbreaking and extremely controversial satire about Mexico’s long-ruling political party, the PRI. Set in the late 1940s in the remote, thoroughly backwards village of San Pedro de los Saguaros, -“La Ley De Herodes/Herod’s Law” (Mexico, 35mm, 120 min.) focuses on Vargas (Damian Alcazar), a petty politician who had the dubious honor of being appointed town mayor after his predecessor was decapitated for corruption by an angry mob.

At first, he tries to balance the books and to bring the 20th century to the backwaters. When he is visited by slick PRI politico Lopez (Pedro Armendariz), however, he learns the officially sanctioned way of running the town: at gunpoint while pilfering the bank vaults. Soon Vargas becomes a power-mad despot, more than willing to steal or kill to further his goals. Though his PRI bosses try to reign him in, the lynch mob soon appears to be the inevitable end of Vargas’ political career.

The first film to criticize the PRI by name, Estrada’s bitter farce savages the ruling party, the church and U.S. intervention. Cult director Alex Cox plays a small role as a seedy gringo. The film showcases some of Mexico’s best actors, including: Pedro Armendariz Jr (Crimen del Padre Amaro, Once Upon a Time in Mex-ico, Original Sin), Damian Alcazar (Crimen del Padre Amaro, Men With Guns, Bajo California), Leticia Huijara (Sexo por compasion, Cilantro y Perejil, Lola).

Ticket prices are $8.00 General Admission / $6.00 Students, Seniors & MACSD Members. Tickets can be purchased prior to each screening at the new Mad-stone Theaters Hazard Center box office. La Ley will be screened daily at 2:30, 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.; with an additional screening time on the weekend (12:45 p.m.).

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