Guatemala/Spain/USA, 2008, 75 minutes
Thu, Apr 30 / 7:00 / Kabuki / GASO30K
Sat, May 2 / 9:45 / Clay / GASO02Y
Tue, May 5 / 4:45 / Kabuki / GASO05K
Three middle-class teenage boys go for a joyride in their parents’ car, siphoning their neighbors’ gas to get around. If this sounds like the first mile along the highway to hell, you’re right. Gerardo, Nano and Raymundo are in the throes of a hormonal explosion that is sure to end badly. They steal, play video games, provoke a fight with a security cop, try to meet girls and sneak off to masturbate in a nightlong orgy of suicidal provocations and mean-spirited pranks lacking meaning or direction. Fitfully throughout the night, the bravado melts away and they show the vulnerability and insecurity that inevitably underlay youthful posturing. Intimate moments, as they try to find some rhyme or reason to the lives they will soon be leading as adults, give a complex undertone to what seem to be random acts of rebellion. It would be naďve to think that such behavior would be without consequences, and indeed repercussions of their antisocial acts bring out conflicts between the boys and put their friendship to the test. Gasoline is the fuel that makes their nighttime junket possible. And their blast of misguided youthful energy is what enables the reflection that ensues, perhaps their first acts as adults. Gasoline won the Horizons Award for best Latin American feature at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2008. With this powerful tale of adolescent angst, told with a sophisticated visual style, Julio Hernández Cordón has become an important young director in Latin America.
New Directors Prize Contender. West Coast Premiere.