Spanish-language pay TV network Cinelatino is celebrating both Christmas and New Year’s with a parade of peliculas shown without commercial interruption.
The movie marathon also gives Cinelatino the ability to bring viewers a mix of some of the network’s highest-rated titles of 2013. Additionally, Cinelatino will bring to U.S. cable television audiences for the first time Suave Patria (pictured), one of Mexico’s highest-grossing films of 2012, during its New Year’s procession of movies.
On Dec. 24, observed as Nochebuena in many Latino households, and on Christmas Day, Cinelatino will feature such movies as Salvando al Soldado Pérez (Saving Private Perez), a story of an elite commando of drug traffickers that embarks on a suicide mission to Iraq to save the cartel leader’s brother. It’s not the Spanish-language version of Saving Private Ryan — it’s a comedy featuring such actors as Miguel Rodarte and Jaime Camil.
Also on the Dec. 24-25 lineup for Cinelatino are El Sueño de Iván (Ivan’s Dream), a heartfelt film about a special children’s soccer team selected to play a match against a team of international of soccer stars; No Eres Tú Soy Yo (It’s Not You, It’s Me), the 2010 Eugenio Derbez box-office hit about a man whose wife leaves him just days after their wedding; the Eduardo Verasteugi love story Bella; Chilean mega-hit Pretendiendo (Ugly Me), featuring Uruguayan actress Barbara Mori in a fat suit as part of a plot to avenge her cheating boyfriend; Regresa (Come Back), a Spanish/Mexican fairy tale in which a man’s wife believes she is a princess; and Amar no es Querer (To Love Is Not to Want), a romantic film that proves that love never dies.
The New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day movie mix includes El Paseo 2, a sequel to the most successful Colombian film of all time, El Paseo. Veteran actor John Leguizamo has a key role.
Also scheduled is Feo de Día Lindo de Noche, a Dominican film starring noted comedians Fausto Mata and Frank Perozo about a homely man who gets his dream wish and becomes handsome — but only at night.
Other New Year’s titles include El Inferno, one of the highest-grossing and controversial Mexican movies of recent years. The film focuses on the violence stemming from the drug trade and features Joaquín Cosío, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Elizabeth Cervantes and Jorge Zárate. La Cebra, a satire about the social and political reality of contemporary Mexico, puts a humorous spin on the adventures of two men who head north toward the U.S. on a zebra they mistake for an American horse.
Also in the mix is Labios Rojos, a fun love story starring Mexican telenovela stars Jorge Salinas and Silvia Navarro alongside veteran film stars Fernando Lujan and Jesus Ochoa.
Cinelatino is available to 12 million subscribers on cable, satellite and telco providers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. The network is a subsidiary of publicly traded Hemisphere Media Group.