Phoenix College Latino Film Festival: Salón México


Phoenix Art Museum is proud to be a partner venue for Phoenix College’s annual Latino Film Festival. For the past 13 years, they have strived to present a diverse sample of films from Latin America, Spain and the United States. This year, the common theme among all of the films selected is music. As is the case with music from all parts of the world, Hispanic music has a wide variety of sounds, instruments and origins. The films on offer reflect musical traditions in different parts of Latin America and Spain. As in past festivals, they have invited film directors and scholars to engage our audiences in meaningful, yet entertaining, critiques of the documentaries and fiction films they have chosen.

Marga López stars in the classic film Salón México, from 1949 directed by Emilio Fernández. Mercedes (López) dances for money with the clients of Salón México, a famous cabaret in Mexico City. Her younger sister Beatriz studies in an expensive private school, paid by Mercedes. Obviously, young Beatriz doesn't know about her sister's job. Troubles begin when Mercedes wins a danzón contest with Paco, her pimp. Paco refuses to share the prize with Mercedes, so she steals the money when he's sleeping.

Runtime: 95min. Black & White. In Spanish with English subtitles. FREE for all guests.

Film introduction and post-screening discussion lead by Juana Suárez, Ph.D. Dr. Suárez is a Latin American cinema, visual culture and literature scholar. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Cinema Studies Program, and a candidate to the Master of Arts in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (2013), with a project entitled Film Archives, Cultural History and the Digital Turn in Latin America.

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