Motorcycle Diaries

Best Adapted Screenplay
Academy Awards
Best Music (Original Song)
Academy Awards
Best Film Not in the English Language
A superb film about a physical and spiritual journey taken by a young Che Guevara, whose encounters with the unknown alter and affirm a life.


The Motorcycle Diaries

(Diarios de Motocicleta)
The Motorcycle Diaries 20th Anniversary Screenings May 15

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present the next entry in our Anniversary Classics Abroad series, the biopic drama of the early years of Ernesto Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries (2004). The Academy Award-winning film by director Walter Salles (Central Station) will play for one show only on Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm at five Laemmle locations: Claremont, Encino, Glendale, Newhall, and West Los Angeles. In addition to the Oscar for Best Song, “Al Otro Lado Del Rio,” the film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay by playwright Jose Rivera, based on the personal memoir of Guevara.

The film recounts the 1952 road trip by 23-year-old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granada (Roberto de la Serna) in a more than four-month, 8,700-mile journey across South America, initially by motorcycle. Originally intended as an adventure for fun and frolic, the two friends are exposed to indigenous peoples and cultural differences they had never experienced. These encounters plant the seeds of radicalization that would manifest as Guevara later emerged as a Marxist guerrilla leader and revolutionary, becoming a global countercultural symbol upon his murder at the age of thirty-nine.

The film is a notable combination of road movie travelogue and coming-of-age drama, beautifully captured by the lustrous cinematography of Eric Gautier as their odyssey traverses the South American continent. Critics of the day responded to this approach with due appreciation. Carla Meyer of the
San Francisco Chronicle called it “a superb film about a physical and spiritual journey taken by a young Che Guevara, whose encounters with the unknown alter and affirm a life.” Peter Travers in Rolling Stone said, “in this wild ride of a movie that is part epic poem and part political provocation, it’s the man who holds the screen as a portent of history.”
Drama, Bio-pic, Anniversary Classics
Walter Salles
José Rivera
Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Mía Maestro
Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Music (Original Song), Academy Awards
Winner, Best Film Not in the English Language, BAFTA
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, Best Breakthrough Performance, Spirit Awards
Winner, Best Cinematography, Spirit Awards
Winner, Audience Award ~ Best Film, San Sebastián International Film Festival
Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay, Writers Guild of America
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