THE BLUE YEARS – Los Años Azules
Spanish with English subtitles | 102 min
Director: Sofía Gómez Córdova
Saturday, August 25th
3pm @ The Cinematheque
Tuesday, August 28th
5pm @ The Cinematheque
A crumbling old house in a historic neighbourhood in Guadalajara serves as the home for one cat and four artists and students on the brink of adulthood. When the animated if erratic Diana moves in, she upsets the delicate balance of roommates, setting into motion a turbulent year in which each must face their personal fears, love and loss, and the uncertainty of the future. In her debut feature, Gómez Córdova masterfully uses the particular ambiance and charm of her location to evoke a bittersweet moment of fragility and change. The Blue Years poignantly and subtly captures the drama and banality of living away from home for the first time in a house full of strangers, each absorbed in their individual quests to find out who they are and what their lives will turn out to be.
“Gómez Córdova has demonstrated a prolific talent, giving the Guadalajara Film Festival audience one of the most memorable films in this year’s edition.” -Pablo Starrico, FIPRESCI
FIPRESCI Prize – Best Mexican Feature & MEZCAL Award – Best Director, Guadalajara International Film Festival 2017
Una casa vieja en un barrio tradicional de Guadalajara, México, es habitada por cinco personas que comparten gastos, sueños y una parte de sus vidas, mientras son observados por Schrödinger, un gato que parece formar parte del lugar. A través de su mirada, conocemos los conflictos de estos muchachos provenientes de distintas regiones del país, que salieron de su hogar en busca de una vida propia, encontrando en el camino a una familia disfuncional.
Sofía’s Shorts Filmography: La última batalla contra las malditas palomas (2014), La ciudad de las gavetas (2013), Día de campo (2010), Historia de un matrimonio (2006), Fito y Bety (2003)
Sofía Gómez Córdova, originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, she studied filmmaking at the University of Guadalajara where she teaches. For several years she has worked as an editor, writer and director within a collective of local artist and production companies that aim to raise the regional film industry in provincial Mexico. In 2015 she co-founded Brujazul to develop, produce and distribute film, television and educational projects. She has edited over a dozen short films and co-edited the feature documentaries The Naptime (Dir. Carolina Platt, 2014) and Portraits of a Search (Dir. Alicia Calderón, 2014). She co-wrote We are Mari Pepa (Dir. Samuel Kishi, 2013). The blue years is her first feature as a director.