Gasolina, a New Film by Julio Hernández Cordón

Gasoline Prices in Guatemala

I became contagious with the regular twitter updates about gasoline prices going down in Guatemala, so the very next time I went to the gas station, I took my own shot of the “low” gasoline prices. The prices for fuel in gas stations, as you can see on the board, are around Q28 for regular, Q29 for super and Q27 for diesel. Just two weeks ago, the prices were Q10 above the current prices, so it is normal to assume the current gasoline prices as “low” even though before the price of oil began its unprecedented hike fuel prices were around Q20. As a historical perspective, let me share with you that when Mr. Bush took office in 2001, fuel prices were around Q11. At one point at the end of September 2008, fuel prices reached the Q40 at some gas stations. Minimum wage salary for a day in Guatemala is about Q45.

The Gasolina Aside:

Gasolina, a New Film by Julio Hernández Cordón
Gasolina, a New Film by Julio Hernández Cordón
Gasolina is the name of the opera prima of Julio Hernández Cordón, a film maker from Guatemala. Gasolina will begin showing in movie theaters in Guatemala City on October 31st. My wife and I were invited to the premier of Gasolina last Thursday at Cinepolis theaters in the Miraflores Mall.

Shortly after we arrived in Guatemala in late 2001, we went to see a short film festival at one of the cultural centers in Guatemala City. It was there that we were introduced to the work of Julio Hernández Cordón through a short film (about 3 minutes) entitled KM 31. The best short film we saw at the time. We were hooked on Julio’s work and since then we followed his work and life events and even became acquainted. So it was no surprise to hear that when Julio Hernández Cordón began looking for funds for his first full-feature film, forty plastic artists donated their work in order to raise funds. Then came the awards for Gasolina. First it was an award by Cinergia, a Central American film festival. “Finally, in 2007, Gasolina was awarded three prizes in the San Sebastian Film Festival which made postproduction possible. Gasolina is a film from a country with neither a cinema law nor a film institute.” as stated in the dossier. If you want to learn more about the film Gasolina, please download the About Gasolina Film bilingual PDF file (300 kb).

Below you can read the synopsis taken from the Dossier of Gasolina:

Three teenagers: Gerardo, Nano and Raymundo, spend their spare time stealing gasoline to go joyriding. So, we face a story whose characters travel in one of their mother’s car without a fixed destination, just to entertain themselves. Each stop is a crash with reality that puts their friendship to the test, showing that teenage friendships have a thin line that separate betrayal, deception and a kamikaze-like solidarity. Gasolina is an intimate story that shows that youth, country and future are defined by extremes.

Poster
Film Poster
It is my pleasure to recommend that if you are in Guatemala on the 31st of October 2008 or afterwards, to go see Gasolina, which will be showing in the following movie theaters: Cinepolis, Próceres, Magic Place, Capitol, Tikal Futura and Santa Clara in Guatemala City and Villa Nueva. In the mean time, I leave you with the trailer of Gasolina.

Perhaps, Julio and his friends will stop stealing gasoline to go filming “Polvo” (his next film) around Guatemala if they can make enough money from Gasolina. Best of luck to Julio, Pamela and the filming crew.

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  • My English is bad, but I will try to make it in the way that you/they understand it, the movie Gasolina, it is a work of art of the Latin American cinema, to outside of my Guatemala frontiers, I want to recommend it to everybody, see it, enjoy it, suffer it and not alone in Hollywood cinema is made, neither alone in Europe. 100 points for Julio.

  • @Carlos, puedes dejar tus comentarios y observaciones en castellano. Aquí utilizamos los dos idiomas todo el tiempo. Saludos.

  • stefan

    Come on! Now every misery in the world Bush is to blame. Blame the OPEC (OPEP en español) who is the direct responsable of the raises in the oil prices. This international organization was created in the 60’s to fight the low prices of oil in the world.

    Why don’t you blame Chavez and his so called Petrocaribe. If he wants to help latinamericans countrys why don’t he sell the oil at a lower price than the market instead of acting like some international bank. When Venezuela fall to this world crysis next year is gonna fall really hard.

    The response the OPEP is preparing for next year to these low prices is gona raise the oil to the clouds.

    And about the movie, i’ve hear that is good stuff, good cinematic material but i haven’t seen it yet.

  • Mose

    Hola,
    Alguien sabe cuando podre o si podre ver esta pelicula en Seattle, WA?
    Me encantaria poder verla en el cine, sino es posible entonces me conformo en DVD,,, : /
    Tambien culaquier otra pelicula Guatemalteca de buena calidad.

    Gracias,

    Saludos desde Seattle….!!!

  • My English is bad, but I will try to make it in the way that you/they understand it, the movie Gasolina, it is a work of art of the Latin American cinema, to outside of my Guatemala frontiers, I want to recommend it to everybody, see it, enjoy it, suffer it and not alone in Hollywood cinema is made, neither alone in Europe. 100 points for Julio.

    Come on! Now every misery in the world Bush is to blame. Blame the OPEC (OPEP en español) who is the direct responsable of the raises in the oil prices. This international organization was created in the 60’s to fight the low prices of oil in the world.

    Why don’t you blame Chavez and his so called Petrocaribe. If he wants to help latinamericans countrys why don’t he sell the oil at a lower price than the market instead of acting like some international bank. When Venezuela fall to this world crysis next year is gonna fall really hard.

    The response the OPEP is preparing for next year to these low prices is gona raise the oil to the clouds.

    nice blog

    Regards
    Gwen

  • Elmer Garcia

    My name is Elmer Garcia I’m originally from San Marcos, Guatemala and I reside in Miami, FL US I’ve been assisting the Miami International Film Festival for the las 2 year and when I heard that there was a Guatemala Film this year so-called
    gasoline this year I was freaking happy about it so I desired to buy the tickets and guess what? I’m going with my family and friends tonight at 9:45 PM at the Regan South Beach Cinema 18 I can’t wait any longer, Take care.

  • Eduardo Palacios

    I would like to know if you can help to contact Director Julio Hernandez Cordon. I have an interesting story of medium with similar background as Rasputin from time of the last Zar of Rusia. All the story happened in Guatemala. Kindly let me know how to contact him.
    Your communication is appreciated.

    Eduardo

  • emromesco

    Gasolina in Toronto!!! details here . As part of the Inside-Out film festival. 16 May 2009 @ 5 pm at the ROM.

  • I agree with Gwendolyn Choo that it is a work of art of the Latin American cinema

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