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Monday, August 1, 2016

French New Wave Through a Modern Mexican Lens in ‘Güeros’

Posted By on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 5:00 AM

click to enlarge KINO LORBER
  • Kino Lorber

This film won Mexico’s Ariel Award for Best Picture in 2015 and takes place during the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, yet it feels like a lost product of the 1960s French New Wave, as admitted by director Alonso Ruizpalacios. Shot in black and white, it’s a “day in the life” road trip full of exuberant, self-conscious, playful, mock-improvised moments that show a love for cinema. At one point the characters discuss the screenplay: “It’s a chase movie.” In other words, it bursts with youthful vitality and confusion, as scored by a gorgeously nostalgic soundtrack while three teens search all over the city for enigmatic Mexican folk rocker Epigmeneo Cruz. Texas Public Radio screens the unrated Spanish-language film as part of its Cinema Tuesdays series. $10-$15, 7:30pm Tue, Aug. 2, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 614-8977, tpr.org


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