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The Critics Love “Bless Me, Ultima”

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Acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya’s classic novel “Bless Me, Ultima” is the basis for a new family movie opened last week across the nation to great reviews.

Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film four stars – his highest rating. The Hollywood Reporter says, “The film will reward adventurous viewers.”  And The Los Angeles Times film critic, says the film shows the darkness and wonder of life, and is, “A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling.” According to the film website, Rotten Tomatoes, a whopping 97% of the audience who saw the movie, give it a thumbs up!

The film opened in 260 theatres across the country, and will continue to wow audiences this weekend.  “Bless Me, Ultima” stars award-winning veteran actress Miriam Colon and introduces audiences to new 12-old actor, Luke Ganalon.

“Bless Me, Ultima” is a magical coming-of-age story about Antonio (Luke Ganalon), a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II.  When a mysterious curandera (natural healer), Ultima, comes to live with his family, she teaches him about the power of the spirit world. Through a series of strange events, Antonio grapples with questions about his own destiny, good vs. evil, and ultimately how to reconcile Ultima’s powers and his parents’ (Dolores Heredia & Benito Martinez) beliefs.

Antonio’s father is from a farming family connected to the earth, while his mother’s family is connected to the sky and the stars.  These dual beliefs are what drive Antonio to find his place in the world.

The movie is one of the few dramatic films produced this year that the whole family can enjoy. From youngsters to grandparents, “Bless Me, Ultima” is a movie for families to watch together in theatres.  There’s action, adventure, and laughs as the audience is transported to life inthe mid-1940s.  Set in New Mexico’s majestic landscape, the movie reflects not only the area’s natural beauty, but also presents entertaining characters in this small town arena.  Antonio attends a one-room school with a rag-tag group of youngsters, each with their own personality – and nickname.  His friends include “Vitamin Kid,” “Bones,” and the big kid, “Horse.” The local priest, the town’s bartender, and the three sisters who are believed to be witches – all add to this colorful tale.

“Bless Me, Ultima” is being distributed by Arenas Entertainment, the oldest Latino-owned and operated entertainment company in Hollywood.  Celebrating their 25th anniversary, Arenas CEO, Santiago Pozo, said, “This film is the best anniversary present we could have ever received.”

“Bless Me, Ultima” plays in select theatres in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Miami, and Las Vegas.  Other cities include, in California: Sacramento, Monterrey, Palm Springs, Fresno, Bakersfield.  Arizona: Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma.  Texas: Harlingen, Austin, Laredo, Odessa, Corpus Christi, Lubbock. Colorado: Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo. Florida: West Palm Beach, Orlando, and Tampa.  Spanish-subtitled prints will be available in theatres in McAllen, Fort Worth, and Pasadena, Texas, as well as, Aurora, Colorado, Phoenix, Arizona, and Los Angeles.  The film is rated PG 13.

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