Wed, Sep 25, 6pm
Teatro Santa Ana
70 pesos, 91mins
An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract when a series of events unfold that bring his career to an abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she’s unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down… until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day to an unforgettable experience.
Bella took the People’s Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival,
the Heartland Film Festival’s Grand Prize Award Winner for Best Dramatic Feature and the Crystal Heart Awards for Monteverde as writer/director/producer.
Bella’s filmmakers received the Smithsonian Institution’s Legacy Award for the film’s positive contribution to Latino art and culture. “This movie depicts the culture but also transcends it,” said Pilar O’Leary, executive director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Center. “It has universal appeal.” The Mexican Embassy honored the film and gave Bella a screening at their annual Cinco De Mayo celebration.
Bella broke the record for a Latino-themed film in total box office earnings and box office average per screen for films released in 2007. It was the top-rated movie on the New York Times Readers’ Poll, Yahoo and Fandango. The Wall Street Journal said Bella was “the fall’s biggest surprise” and stated “after only four weeks in release Bella has total sales of $5.2 million.” Bella ended its US theatrical release with more than $10 million in domestic box office, finishing the year in the top 10-grossing independent films of 2007.