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Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets: free film screenings and free popcorn too

Films (with English subtitles) are shown free of charge, with free popcorn, on the last Thursday of each month at the Mexican consulate in Hong Kong, and by the Alliance Française every month

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 April, 2016, 6:15am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 May, 2016, 3:45pm

Habla Español? If not, never mind; everyone is welcome to join the free monthly film screening with popcorn at Hong Kong’s Mexican consulate. There are English subtitles, so audience members also get a free lesson in the world’s second most widely spoken language after Chinese.

For the past year, the consulate has hosted free screenings on the last Thursday of every month, starting at 6.30pm. Its CineClub Mexico aims to showcase the best of contemporary Mexican cinema, which has experienced a renaissance in recent years.

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu won this year’s best director Oscar for The Revenant, a year after claiming the same statuette for Birdman. In 2014, fellow Mexican Alfonso Cuarón was the Oscars’ best director winner for Gravity.

The consulate, in Causeway Bay, screens the films in its gallery space, with seating for about 30 people. If there is a full house, more seats can be made available. Free popcorn is handed out, and on special occasions Mexican snacks and beer are served. Attendance can be confirmed by email, although walk-ins are also welcome, an official says.

About 500 Mexicans are registered with the consulate in Hong Kong, but there are probably closer to 1,000 Mexican nationals in the city.

April’s screening, this Thursday, is Joaquín del Paso’s 2016 bittersweet satire Maquinaria Panamericana (Panamerican Machinery).

In May it will be Michel Franco’s 2012 drama Después de Lucia (After Lucia), which has won four accolades, including the Cannes film festival’s palm in the category Un Certain Regard.

The Alliance Francais also has a Cine-Club, which usually hosts free French film nights (also with English subtitles) on Wednesdays at 7:30pm at its library in Jordan, La Médiathèque. The next screening, on May 18, is Les Héritiers (Once in a Lifetime), a drama directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar.

Consulate General of Mexico, 25/F Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay. Tel: 2511 0005; email: [email protected]