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The Motorcycle Diaries

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Original title
The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta)
Running time
128 min.
Argentina Argentina
José Rivera (Books: Ernesto 'Che' Guevara)
Gustavo Santaolalla
Eric Gautier
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Co-production Argentina-United States-Chile-Peru-Brazil; Filmfour / South Fork Pictures / Tu Vas Voir Production
Adventure. Drama | Road Movie. Biography. 1950s
Synopsis / Plot
In 1952, two young Argentines, Ernesto Guevara and Alberto Granado, set out on a road trip to discover the real Latin America. Ernesto is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology, and Alberto, 29, is a biochemist. The film follows the young men as they unveil the rich and complex human and social topography of the Latin American continent. With a highly romantic sense of adventure, the two friends leave their familiar surroundings in Buenos Aires on a rickety 1939 Norton 500. Although the bike breaks down during the course of their eight-month journey, they press onward, hitching rides along the way. As they begin to see a different Latin America in the people they meet on the road, the diverse geography they encounter begins to reflect their own shifting perspectives.
They continue to the heights of Machu Picchu, where the majestic ruins and the extraordinary significance of the Inca heritage have a profound impact on the young men. As they arrive at a leper colony deep in the Peruvian Amazon, the two are beginning to question the value of progress as defined by economic systems that leave so many people beyond their reach. Their experiences at the colony awaken within them the men they will later become by defining the ethical and political journey they will take in their lives.
2004: Oscar: Best Original Song. 2 Nominations
2004: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Language Picture
2004: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language and Music. 7 Nominations
2004: Goya Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay
2004: Cannes: Jury Prize Ecuménico
2004: Nominated for Cesar: Best Foreign Language Picture
2004: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
2004: Nominated for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
2004: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Cinematography & Best Debut Performance. 3 Nominations
2004: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
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