The 1960s were a time of massive social change, and Peru was no exception. This is the setting for Rocanrol '68
, from first-time director Gonzalo Benavente.
The teen film follows the misadventures of Manolo and his two friends: Bobby, a would-be ladies man who can't score and Guille, a music fan and "rock and roll fundamentalist." All set during one unforgettable summer in Lima, with the boys trying to have a good time and of course, meet girls.
This being the 1960s, Benavente gently pokes fun at the politics of the time, including militant feminism, socialism ("I call everyone comrade because I'm a Maoist!") and hippie culture ("We prefer the term 'cool'"). Most of all, as a lifelong music fan himself, the director pays tribute to many iconic rock and roll bands of the time, who made a valuable contribution to the local music scene in Peru.
The film will premiere at the Lima Film Festival in August, with theatrical dates sure to follow.
Watch the trailer below; it's in Spanish but some of the humor shines through.
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