// Presented as part of January's New Latin American Cinema Series //
Alonso Ruizpalacios / 2014, Berlin International Film Festival, AFI Fest, Havana, Indielisboa, Jerusalem, La Roche-sur-Yon, Lleida Latin American Film Festival, Morelia, Odessa, Palm Springs Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival / 111'
Tomas, an angsty youth, lives with his mother. Tired of his antics and propensity for trouble, she sends him to live with his brother Sombra, in Mexico City. Sombra and his best friend Santos are university students while the university is on strike; refusing to join the movement, they are on strike from the strike. Adrift and with no sense of purpose, and with Tomas newly in their midst, this wily clan finds unusual ways to kill time. When Tomas discovers that Epigmenio Cruz, an obscure Mexican folk-singer, is somewhere in the city, he convinces the others to embark on a voyage across the fractured city.
Capturing the bouyancy and insouciance of youth, and the undercurrents of class conflict through the eyes of its young protagonists, Güeros is a shrewd and stylish journey into the hidden social architecture of Mexico City. Alonso Ruizpalacios's first film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won Best First Feature; San Sebastián, where it won the Horizons Award and the Youth Jury Award; and AFI Fest, where it won the Audience Award and a Grand Jury Prize Special Mention.