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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.

This program is free and open to the public and begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 24, 2021 (virtual)

This video presentation with a film scholar takes place after viewers watch the film on their own during the week prior to scheduled online discussion date above.  Supplemental material about the context of each film, along with other interesting information related to each, will be available to attendees.   Films are available free to Grand Rapids Public Library cardholders (and many other libraries and universities) via Kanopy or similar databases.  Individuals can also find many of the films on commercial streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and others.  In lieu of an in-person reception following the event, we're excited to partner with area restaurants to provide discounts on takeout/delivery items reflecting regional cuisine of the film's origin.  

Video Commentary for Güeros

Film Introduction/Moderator:  Ben Friedman

 

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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Compass College of Cinematic Arts
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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