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Focus Film Festival 2016: Güeros : 19 March

Focus Film Festival 2016: Güeros : 19 March

This is a brilliant, black-and-white road trip movie about two brothers, a forgotten folk star and a revolutionary time in Mexico City; a gorgeously dreamy homage to the French new wave and his home town, by first time director Alonso Ruizpalacios.

Young Tómas (Sebastian Aguirre), is sent away to live with his brother Sombra (Tenoch Huerta) after dropping a water bomb on a baby proves too much for their mother to handle. Natural sibling friction follows, exacerbated by a dingy student flat and a fervent atmosphere of student revolution in the 1990s: some students are striking against the government, and some students are striking against the strike.

But one thing the brothers do share is a love of the folk star Epigmenio Cruz. When Tómas discovers his idol is secretly dying, there’s nothing for it but to seek out Cruz before it’s too late.

A true coming of age story, in an age where everything is changing.

Mexico 2014 Dir Alonso Ruizpalacios 107 min

Part of Focus Film Festival 2016: Chronic Youth

Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

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