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Güeros
January 2021

"A film made independently and without interference whose reverence for the past thankfully doesn’t result in too much solemnity or seriousness."-Adam Nayman, A.V. Club

- Adam Nayman, A.V. Club

Güeros
January 2021

"Alonso Ruizpalacios’s Güeros manages to feel both sweetly nostalgic and exuberantly now."-A.O. Scott, NY Times

- A.O. Scott, NY Times

Güeros
January 2021

"This moody and seductive black-and-white Mexican road movie is a meandering, circling tale that never looks less than gorgeous."-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Güeros
January 2021

"This moody and seductive black-and-white Mexican road movie is a meandering, circling tale that never looks less than gorgeous."-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Güeros

Güeros

Date: January 24, 2021

Location: Virtual


Güeros is a 2014 Mexican film directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. The film showcases three restless teens searching for folk-rocker Epigmenio Cruz on the streets of Mexico City during the student strikes of 1999.

The film can be viewed online via these platforms:

Kanopy (free via Grand Rapids Public Library)

...it is also available as a paid rental through many other streaming services.

Video Commentary for Güeros

Film Introduction/Moderator:  Ben Friedman

Film Intro / Commentary Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=234564658336555

Filmmaker Interview(s):

Video (PFM) -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q99A_U4Lrss

Text (Indiewire) -  https://www.indiewire.com/2014/04/meet-the-2014-tribeca-filmmakers-38-alonso-ruizpalacios-writes-a-love-letter-to-mexico-city-with-gueros-27721/  

 

Cultural Context:

NACLAhttps://nacla.org/article/unam-stalemate-mexico%27s-student-strike   

Reviews:

The Dissolve https://thedissolve.com/reviews/1600-gueros/ 

New York Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/20/movies/review-gueros-amid-the-mexican-student-protests-of-1999.html

Salon https://www.salon.com/2015/05/21/up_all_night_in_mexico_city_gueros_a_gorgeous_ecstatic_slacker_odyssey_is_one_of_the_best_movies_of_the_year/

 

Related Film Recommendations:

Los Olvidados (Luis Buñuel, 1950)  This classic from Luis Buñuel is often considered to be the quintessential Mexican film. Its legacy can be found throughout Güeros and there are several nods to it, both explicit and implicit.

Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón, 2001)  Cuarón's film shares the same space as Güeros in that they are coming of age movies which follow characters on the move. The connections between the two films go deeper when one factors in a 1999 setting.

The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)  As the cinema-shattering classic that put the French New Wave on the map, The 400 Blows influenced numerous filmmakers from within that movement and the rest of the world. Ruizpalacios even stole a couple of iconic shots from it.

Give Me Liberty (Kirill Mikhanovsky, 2019)  This crowd pleaser from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival is like an identical twin of Güeros that was separated at birth. These are road movies in which the protagonists never depart from their urban surroundings. Plus, they both draw from real-life acts of civil disobedience.

 

More about Chiaroscuro's 15th Season

2021 Series Theme: Greatest Hits-A Virtual Voyage through the Past

Due to Covid19, Chiaroscuro is going virtual!  We embrace this opportunity to celebrate 15 years of exceptional international cinema and cultural exchange.

We've selected five popular films from our archives, if you didn't see them the first time around, now is your chance.  If you did see them, you know how good they and are likely ready to experience them again!

All films are available for viewing online.  We look forward to each presenter's video introduction and commentary about the films, made available on the website, and lively online discussion with our engaging patrons every other Sunday via social media.  In this unusual time, one thing remains the same for fifteen years straight:  the 2021 series presents an award-winning roster of five celebrated films from around the world. 

 


Reviews

"A film made independently and without interference whose reverence for the past thankfully doesn’t result in too much solemnity or seriousness."-Adam Nayman, A.V. Club

- Adam Nayman, A.V. Club

"Alonso Ruizpalacios’s Güeros manages to feel both sweetly nostalgic and exuberantly now."-A.O. Scott, NY Times

- A.O. Scott, NY Times

"This moody and seductive black-and-white Mexican road movie is a meandering, circling tale that never looks less than gorgeous."-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Güeros Official Trailer

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