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For Hayek, 'Beatriz at Dinner' gives voice to immigrants

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/9/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
Salma Hayek attends a "Beatriz at Dinner" screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Gucci, at Metrograph on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Salma Hayek attends a "Beatriz at Dinner" screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Gucci, at Metrograph on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Miguel Arteta says it is a sign of what he calls the "very bad times" that Salma Hayek doesn't get more leading roles.

Salma Hayek attends a "Beatriz at Dinner" screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Gucci, at Metrograph on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Salma Hayek attends a "Beatriz at Dinner" screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Gucci, at Metrograph on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The actress stars in his new film, "Beatriz at Dinner," in which she plays a Mexican healer who clashes with a wealthy real estate developer played by John Lithgow.

Salma Hayek and John Lithgow attend a "Beatriz at Dinner" screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Gucci, at Metrograph on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Salma Hayek and John Lithgow attend a "Beatriz at Dinner" screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Gucci, at Metrograph on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The film has evoked many comparisons to Donald Trump's America. The script takes on differing viewpoints on capitalism, greed, immigration and the environment over the course of one tense dinner.

Chloe Sevigny, from left, Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton attend a "Beatriz at Dinner" screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Gucci, at Metrograph on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Chloe Sevigny, from left, Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton attend a "Beatriz at Dinner" screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Gucci, at Metrograph on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Hayek is earning raves and early Oscar-buzz for her performance, but she was also excited to give voice to the immigrant community.

"Beatriz at Dinner" is now playing in limited release.

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