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José Luis Guerín

  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English, Cantonese, Spanish
  • Producer: Adrián Guerra, José Tito Martínez
  • Runtime: 133
  • Programmes:

Filmmaker Jose Luis Guerin documents his experience during a year of travelling as a guest of film festivals to present his previous film. What emerges is a wonderfully humane and sincere portrayal of the people that he meets when he goes off the beaten track in some of the world's major cities.

SpainLatin AmericaDocumentaryAvant-Garde

screening times

    • Friday September 10
    • 8:30:00 PM
    • AMC 4
    • Sunday September 12
    • 8:30:00 PM
    • VARSITY 7
    • Saturday September 18
    • 3:00:00 PM
    • AMC 3

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

One of the many perks of making a successful film is being able to travel around the world as a guest at international festivals. It’s an opportunity to present your film to a wide audience and engage with people from different cultures. Most festival circuit travelers stick with like-minded people from the industry. But José Luis Guerín is a very atypical guest, immersing himself into very unlikely aspects of the cultures and places he visits. His latest feature film is a very personal travelogue that captures his experiences visiting cities like Vancouver, Sao Paolo, Havana, Tubingen, New York, Boston, Paris, Lisbon, Macao, Soeul and Cali.

The locations for the film were purely determined by the invitations that Guerín received when he was promoting his previous feature, En la Ciudad de Sylvia. Following chronology, Guest begins with his premiere in Venice, as he interviews some of the actresses in the film. Quickly enough, the festivals recede to the background as Guerín is soon exploring life on the street, in dialogue with his hosts.

Guerín meets up with street poets in Bogota, letter writers in Mexico City, and various communities in Havana. Most evocative are his encounters in Latin America where the sharing of a language creates a more intimate engagement. One of the film’s highlights is a conversation that he has with a group of women on the outskirts of Cali. They share stories about their lives as they do laundry. Here, he meets a woman that is one-hundred-and-ten-years-old, whose comments on her life and experiences are illuminating.

What makes the film so poignant is that Guerín is a humble, respectful observer. He is also naturally curious and following him makes for an enjoyable, thought-provoking experience. Inspired by the Lumière brothers, Guerín continues the tradition of actuality films, registering ephemeral moments during his travels that culminate in a veritable poem about the people and places that film brings him to.

director bio

José Luis Guerín was born in Barcelona and is a documentary and narrative filmmaker. His features include Innisfree (90), City Life (90), Train of Shadows (97), En construcción (01), En la ciudad de Sylvia (07) and Guest (10).

full credits

Adrián Guerra, José Tito Martínez
José Luis Guerín
José Tito Martínez
Amanda Solivellas, Marisol Nievas
Gorka Benitez
Production Designer:
José Luis Guerín
Production Company:
Versus Entertainment
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