ViX announced today that "El Sabor De La Navidad," translated as "A Merry Mexican Christmas," will receive its global premier at the Toronto International Film Festival on 13 September as part of its special presentations program, and will be available on the streaming platform in November.
Serving as the second original movie under the first-look deal between TelevisaUnivision and Salma Hayek Pinault’s Ventanarosa Productions, "El Sabor De La Navidad" is produced by Salma Hayek Pinault and Jose Tamez under their Ventanarosa Productions banner along with Erica Sánchez from Lemon Studios. The working title is directed by Alejandro Lozano and written by Tamez. Mariana Treviño, Andrés Almeida, Armando Hernández, Juan Carlos Medellín, Mónica Dionne and Marco Treviño star in the Christmas romantic comedy film.
The title features three parallel stories revolving around Mexico City's Christmas celebrations intertwine in the film's finale. In the first story, an estranged daughter seeks reconciliation with her family. In the second, two friends put their friendship to the test when they start working as competing Santa Clauses in Alameda Central Park. In the third, a lonely chef that cooks Christmas dinners for other families confronts her feelings for her kitchen assistant.
"A Merry Mexican Christmas" will soon stand alongside "Quiero Tu Vida," the first original movie that premiered on the streaming service under the agreement with Ventanarosa Productions to produce Spanish-language feature films exclusively for ViX, currently available on ViX. Both titles form part of Vix's catalog, which offers 75,000 hours of on-demand content and over 100 streaming channels, all in Spanish.
Ventanarosa Productions was established by Salma Hayek Pinault in 1998. The company is credited with producing the adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ No One Writes to the Coronel, "Frida," "The Maldonado Miracle," "Ugly Betty," and "The Prophet." Last year, the company collaborated with Vix to produce Spanish-language films, such as the limited series "Santa Evita," which narrates the sometimes near surreal and always significant fate of Eva Perón’s body after her death in 1952 as it awaited burial for decades.