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Gueros, the debut film from director Alonso Ruiz Palacios, begins on a high note: a stylish, energetic opening detailing the inevitable collision between a woman carrying her baby on a stroller and a badly timed water balloon. This little act of delinquency is what lands young Tomás (Sebastián Aguirre) in Mexico City, under the care of older brother Sombra (Tenoch Huerta), who lounges around his apartment waiting for a students' strike to finish so he can complete his thesis.Joined by Sombra's equally slacker pal Santos (Leonardo Ortizgris), and later a radio DJ/love interest named Ana (Ilse Salas), the brothers take off in search of a reclusive, near-mythical former rock star named Epigmenio Cruz, a favorite of their late father, whose biggest claim to fame is...
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Much like the counter-movement it depicts, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Güeros is built upon a series of elements that slyly double back on one another. Smartphones in 1999, remnants of behind the scenes footage to break the third wall, a road trip through town, and handheld camerawork to counteract otherwise formal rigor all comprise this tale of three young men in the midst of a Mexico City National University upheaval. Troublemaker Tomás (Sebastián Aguirre) is sent South by his mother to live with his dissident, often lackadaisical brother Sombra (Tenoch Huerta) and his best friend Santos (Leonardo Ortizgris). Wasting the days away in their concrete compound, the three become […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
“To be young and not a revolutionary is a contradiction,” reads a protest banner in “Gueros,” a feisty Mexican indie in which two brothers — one dark-skinned, the other pale — idly fritter away a few days while those around them stage a massive student demonstration. Such politics exist on the periphery of Alonso Ruizpalacios’ playful yet realistically grounded debut, which poses as a road trip (or, for the more generously inclined, a lackadaisical “chase movie”) in which the siblings conceivably discover their place in society while searching for an elusive folk singer. Pic faces modest returns, but foretells a promising career.
By contrast with a more arthouse-friendly strain of Mexican cinema — whose helmers “grab a bunch of beggars and shoot in black-and-white,” as one character here self-reflexively notes — this microbudget offering focuses on relatively privileged middle-class types (which it also shoots in black-and-white, and in the Academy ratio). The slang title »
- Peter Debruge
London — Eighteen films will compete for the best first feature award at the Berlin Film Festival, which comes with a Euros 50,000 ($68,500) prize, shared by the director and the producer.
Entries of note include hotly tipped competish title “’71,” helmed by Yann Demange, Wes Bentley-starrer “Things People Do,” whose helmer Saar Klein earned Oscar noms as one of the editors on “Almost Famous” and “The Thin Red Line,” and Germany-based American helmer Damian John Harper’s “Los Angeles,” which is about a Mexican villager fighting the local gangsters.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 15.
- Leo Barraclough
Berlinale has unveiled the three-person jury for its Best First Feature Award.
Us director and producer Nancy Buirski, Italian actress and director Valeria Golino and Argentinian producer Hernán Musaluppi will decide the award, with the winner announced at the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on Feb 15.
The award comes with a €50,000 prize, donated by the Gwff, and will be split between the producer and director of the winning film, while the director will also be awarded with a high-quality viewfinder.
A total of 18 directorial debuts have been nominated by the heads of the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.
´71 - United Kingdom
By Yann Demange
Historia del miedo (History of Fear) – Argentina / Uruguay / Germany / France
By Benjamin Naishtat
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