Father of the Bride set to close LALIFF

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May 17, 2022

To wrap up this year’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, the closing film will come courtesy of Warner Bros – Father of the Bride, directed by Gaz Alazraki.

The film features an incredible ensemble cast led by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia alongside Gloria Estefan, Adria Arjona, Diego Boneta, Isabela Merced, and Chloe Fineman.

Long-marrieds Billy (Andy Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) are surprised when their eldest daughter Sofia (Adria Arjona) comes home to Miami for a visit. But the surprises just keep coming when she announces a new boyfriend, Adan (Diego Boneta)—who is now her fiancé— and their plans for a quick-turnaround wedding and a new life together in Mexico, where Adan’s family is from.

Sofia’s quickfire revelations keep Billy and Ingrid from making their own disclosure—that they’re calling quits on their marriage—but both agree to delay the news and play the loving couple for the benefit of the family.

Old-fashioned Billy is at first opposed to the wedding, but he is eventually swayed—as long as his opinions as father of the bride carry the most weight in all things matrimonial. A prominent architect and family man, Billy feels his hard-fought success and dedication to his heritage earn him the right to call the shots. After all his achievements, why is he suddenly seen as the bad guy?

The same could also be said for Adan’s equally headstrong father, Hernan (Pedro Damián), who soon arrives with his own traditions and family pride in tow. With both iron-willed fathers vying to take charge of the festivities, it becomes a prideful game of one-upmanship, as cultures clash, generations take sides and competing traditions collide. Family relationships are tested, along with the couple at the center of it all, as the roller coaster ride of wedding planning races toward the altar.

This sparkling story of a family and its unbreakable bonds illustrates the surprising and funny ways the heart can adapt in the name of love. The film stars Andy Garcia, Gloria Estefan, Adria Arjona, Isabela Merced, Diego Boneta and Chloe Fineman.

Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max Present A Plan B Entertainment Production, “Father of the Bride,” directed by Gaz Alazraki (“Nosotros Los Nobles,” “Club de Cuervos”) and produced by Plan B Entertainment’s Oscar winners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (“Minari, “Moonlight,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Eat Pray Love”) and Paul Michael Perez (“No manches Frida,” “Spare Parts”). The screenplay is by Matt Lopez (“Promised Land,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”), based on the novel by Edward Streeter. The executive producers are Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Ted Gidlow and Jesse Ehrman.

Alazraki’s behind-the-camera team includes director of photography Igor Jadue-Lillo (“Everything, Everything,” “The Kids Are All Right”), production designer Kim Jennings (“Joker,” “Ocean’s Eight”), editor Jon Poll (“Bombshell,” “The Greatest Showman”), composer Terence Blanchard (“One Night in Miami…,” “BlacKkKlansman”) and costume designer Caroline Eselin- Schaefer (“If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Moonlight”).

The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) that will take place June 1 – 5 at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre and TCL Chinese 6 in Hollywood, CA.

Father of the Bride will stream on HBO Max beginning June 16, 2022, and will be available in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on supported devices.