This June we return home, to Armley Mills, with a brand new season of films. High kick! First up we have Güeros (2014), a road movie in which the travellers barely manage to leave town and coming-of-age comedy which pays homage to the French new wave.
As well as the aforementioned Alonso Ruizpalacios’ debut feature is also comparable in tone and style to Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También and Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine. Tomás is an unruly teen who, having exhausted his put upon mother, is sent to stay with older brother Sombra and friend Santos in Mexico City. Amid the 1999 student strikes at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the trio set out to find musical folk hero Epigmenio Cruz, whom they listen to repeatedly on a Walkman cassette player. Retro! Joined by the politically minded Ana, the merry band of free-spirit slackers seek to pay homage to Cruz for his music, which they believe could ‘save Mexico’s rock music scene from ruin’. But it they thought finding him was going to be easy, they have another thing coming.
Güeros perfectly sets the tone for the rest of G Season, which offers a fantastic blend of thoughtful drama and tension-breaking humour. Completing this Summer’s line-up of brilliant independent cinema from across the pond is the gripping Green Room and the reflective Gloria. For more details, check out our season preview here.
Güeros screens at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills on Thursday 9 June from 7pm. The feature presentation will be preceded by a selection of short films and, as always, there will be free tea, coffees and cake on hand – all for only £5. Tickets are available now from our online ticket office.