Morelia: ‘Chivas – the Movie’ Rocks Morelia

MORELIA, Mexico – “Chivas – the Movie,” the first full-length feature documentary about Mexico’s 112-year old Chivas soccer team held its world premiere Thursday, Oct. 25, at the 16th Morelia Int’l Film Festival. Chivas fans, some wearing the iconic red and white striped Chivas jerseys, crowded the Cinepolis theatre complex in downtown Morelia to cheer their heroes on the red carpet.

Co-directed by Ivan Lopez-Barba and Ruben R. Bañuelos, “Chivas” bows Nov. 23 on 150 screens via Cinepolis’ specialized content label +Quecine, which releases docus, music, cultural and sporting events on select screens across Mexico.

“Chivas de Guadalajara is the most popular soccer team in Mexico and because of its history and its wins, being a team comprised of solely Mexican players makes it emblematic of our times,” said Marco Garcia, manager of +QueCine, Latin America. “It’s an inspiring film, with great motivational power,” he added.

“Chivas – The Movie” is the first producing gig of Amaury Vergara, the son of Guadalajara-based Mexican billionaire Jorge Vergara, the docu’s co-executive producer, who also owns the Chivas team and whose shingle, Anhelo Prods., produced Alfonso Cuaron’s acclaimed coming-of-age drama “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and co-produced Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone,” among others.


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