Synopsis & Film Details

Filmworks presents the Mexican coming-of-age drama “Güeros,” an international festival favorite that won five top honors at the 2015 Ariel Awards, Mexico’s version of the Oscars. The movie’s title refers to light-skinned or blonde-haired Mexicans, who may have it easier than their less European-looking compatriots. It tells the story of Sombra and Santos, who have been living in motionless, angst-ridden limbo since the National University strike of 1999 broke out. Their routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Tomás, Sombra’s kid brother. Unable to fit in amongst these older slackers, Tomás discovers that unsung Mexican folk-rock hero Epigmenio Cruz has been hospitalized somewhere in the city. Tomás convinces Sombra and Santos they must track him down in order to pay their final respects. But a simple trip to find their childhood idol soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery across Mexico City’s invisible frontiers. Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios, the film explores the lives of youth who are not able to feel at ease in their own country. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios
Mexico • 90 minutes • Not Rated

Discussion Circle:
After the 5:30 show, join Spanish professor Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval to talk about the film. Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval, who serves as the interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State, holds a Ph.D. from UC Irvine and a Certificate in Critical Theory from Cornell University. He has published on Spanish Golden Age authors, Mexican literature, and Portuguese poetry, and his current research interests include Mexican youth identity. Moderated by Filmworks board member Mary Husain.

Screening Sponsor:
Arte Américas — Casa de la Cultura

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