October 8, 1999

Mexican Film Series Closes with the Premier of "Midaq Alley/Callejon De Los Milagros" starring Salma Hayek

Chula Vista - The First Annual Cine Mexicano: Mexican Film Series closes with the screening of "Midaq Alley / Callejon De Los Milagros", an award-winning feature film starring Salma Hayek. This award-winning Mexican feature film will have its San Diego premier screening beginning on Friday, October 15th at 8:00 p.m. at CinemaStar Theaters at 320 3rd. Ave. in the heart of downtown Chula Vista.

"Midaq Alley" will then continue to be screened throughout the week with the following showtimes: October 16th at 7:00 and 9:00PM and October 18-21st at 7:00 and 9:00PM. Cine Mexicano: The Mexican Film Series is presented by SEMPRA Energy.

Based on the writing of Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz, this juicy trio of related stories focuses on the inhabitants of a street in contemporary Mexico City. The episodes center on a married, middle-aged bar owner who loses interest in his wife and pursues a young male lover; a beautiful young woman who deals with the absence of the man who loves her by becoming engaged to a rich older gentleman; and a spinster who finds that marital bliss comes with a painful price. Salma Hayek stars, and one of Mexico's most outstanding talents, Jorge Fons, directs. It also holds the distinction of being the most-awarded Mexican film ever, with 49 awards, including the 1995 Mexican Academy Awards for Best Direction, Best Set Design, Best Costume Design, Best Actress, Best Editing and Best Original Score.

Series Co-director Fred Salas says, "I am thrilled that local audiences will have the opportunity to see one of the best contemporary Mexican feature films never before screened in this area. It is with great pleasure that our organization bring to the community a week-long run of the most-awarded Mexican film ever starring one of today's hottest movie stars."

"Midaq Alley" will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. Prices to attend Cine Mexicano will be $3 for students/seniors and $5 for general audiences. "Midaq Alley" is recommended for mature audiences only. All tickets can be purchased at CinemaStar Theaters (320 3rd. Ave.) prior to each screening.

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