Relive The 60s With The Trailer For Peruvian Comedy ROCANROL '68

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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  • Josh

    "El capullo" makes a retarded and ignorant comment. It reminds me of the moment any tourism ad has one white person in it people call it 'racist' yet when all they show is Cuzco and indigenous people thats ok. You are wrong about the 90%. In fact 20 % of Peruvians are totally white. Then we have the white and indigenous mix where people might "look" white or indigenous, we also have completely indigenous people, as well as black Peruvians and Asian Peruvians. Did you forget about that? Getting all pissed off because a movie has white Peruvians in it is quite childish. They are peruvian like anyone else and I see nothing wrong with having a movie like this. And in the context of the movie, and in the context of Peru at the time, and where the film is taking place (depending on what town in Lima you decide to make a movie you will have VERY different racial groups) it makes sense they are white Peruvians. It would be like making a film about the love of Huayno in Cuzco and having non-indigenous people. Now things of course are different an you can be any race and like any music. But back then things were quite segregated and in fact the massive migration from the Sierra/Andes to Lima did not happen until the 80s. So before that, yes Lima was predominantly white. So get over it. White, black, mixwe are ALL Peruvian which is what makes our country awesome. Don't put down a film just because it shows your fellow country brothers who look different than you. Because that is racism.

  • el capullo

    The movie looks like silly fun, but it is DISGUSTING that they make it look like Peru is inhabited solely by European looking caucasians and you could not see a single brown skin mestizo or native descendant (even the brief moment a maid appeared on the screen you could not se the color of her skin, even as a maid!) anywhere. Most countries in Latin America, but especially Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, etc, and Mexico in North America have populations that are over 90% brown skinned, but you would never know it by looking at their TV shows or movies. The white Spaniard descendants continue to completely control the media, and perpetuate the ethnocentric European adoration and rejection/hatred/veiled racism against the native populations of their own countries. Sometimes movies, even forgettable comedies like this one, say a lot more by what they do not address and ignore than what they are about. Adding insult to injury it was given support by the "Ministerio de Cultura", an institution that should be more sensitive to the perpetual ethnic revisionism in mainstream media.

  • Ernesto82

    How many Peruvian flicks have you seen? At least 80% of them show how miserable Peru can get, displaying poverty, terrorism, struggle and social tension. What's wrong with showing a different side of town?

  • el capullo

    You are clearly being disingenuous if you don't see the what's wrong with the Ministerio de Cultura supporting a film like this that presents a non-existent, exclusively pituco version of Peruvian society. I'm not alone with my criticism of the depiction of an Europeanized version of Peru either; everywhere this trailer has been posted Peruvians are criticizing how racist and ridiculous its revisionism is. Also, you say "what wrong with showing a different side of how miserable Peru can get with its "poverty, terrorism, struggle, and social tension". I never criticized the topic or the genre of the film. If you can read carefully, I said the film is "silly fun" what I criticized was the complete absence of an ethnicity that represents the tremendous majority of Peruvian society. I have no problem with the subject matter of the film; your criticism makes no sense UNLESS you think it is impossible to make a film showing a REALISTIC depiction of Peruvian society (that includes what the majority of Peru looks like) that does not deal with poverty, struggle, and terrorism, which seems is exactly what you're saying, and why people like you involved in Peruvian filmmaking make films like ROCANROLA 68 excluding native people. Your attitude is part of the problem.

  • So you think Peruvians should only ever make films that wallow in poverty and terrorism? No thanks ...

  • el capullo

    Todd, I'm surprised you would misread my comment. Your point is the argument he is unwittingly making, that if the film were to include natives peoples it could only deal with poverty and terrorism; what does that have to do with my comment about ROCANROLA 68 not including natives peoples in their version of Peruvian society? He brought the topics of poverty and terrorism not I, and thus he is revealing his bias against the kind of topics a film that is inclusionary of native peoples and depicting a realistic version of Peruvian society can depict. Please reread what I wrote, unless you are mistakingly responding to his comment, which would appear to make more sense.

  • Ernesto82

    OK, so in order to be elegible for government support, Peruvian movies must meet a racial criteria? That's RACIST from YOU.

  • el capullo

    Keep living in your pitucofied fantasy world. It wont last.

  • Cholo

    I agree with Ernesto82. It Seems like you're applying a modern ideal to what is clearly a period film and further arguing that it should not receive public funding unless it conforms to your standards of acceptable diversity. Is that to say that my film about the victorian era has no merit artistically because it's full of a bunch of white people because that is an accurate depiction of the period?

    C'mon man. We can only move toward tolerance when we focus on the content of the film, not the color of the people in it.

  • el capullo

    Right. There needs to be more tolerance from the oppressed and unrepresented towards those who have the means and power to present any fantasy they want on screen. That's the kind of equality we need, because people outside of Peru are tired of seeing Peruvian films filled with people who look like Peruvians. C'mon!

  • Ernesto82

    :) I love it how you still don't make your point even after wasting a gazillion characters on every response and instead prefer the name-calling... Have a great day, social warrior!

  • el capullo

    I love how you still choose to ignore my point and keep talking about struggles, poverty, and terrorism, all introduced by you in your comment. Peru was filled with people of color in the 60s as is today. This film presents a Peru that never existed. Did I use too many words this time?

  • Ernesto82

    Again, are you really familiar with Peruvian cinema? During the 80s and 90s most of it was about misery. And yes, about darker skinned folks, because unfortunately, color and fate go hand-in-hand down there - if you know Peru so well, you should be well aware of that. On the other hand, have you ever hung out in La Punta? It does exist, right? How is it so much different from reality on that trailer?

  • Aleks

    A Pulp Fiction homage? Still?

    Why post a trailer without English subtitles?

  • Because the world is not solely made up of English speakers. And some people are curious what's happening outside their own borders whether they speak the language or not.

  • Aleks

    Then why didn't you write the article in Spanish?

  • Already answered above. Why would you assume that only Spanish speakers are interested in what's happening in Spanish speaking parts of the world? Not everyone is as xenophobic as you're making yourself appear to be.

  • Aleks

    You wanna know why I'm right? Look at the two only other people who posted here; el capullo and Ernesto82.

    Catch my drift? Had you posted a trailer WITH English subtitles we might have a more culturally diverse crowd joining us here.

    By the way, I'm not a native English speaker, so the xenophobe comment is moot.

  • billydaking

    That's faulty reasoning. There are plenty of trailers posted at Twitch with English subtitles, or even in the English language, that get zero comments.

    Also, if you've read Twitch long enough, you'd realize that when a trailer from a foreign country and in a foreign language becomes available and looks interesting, Twitch will post it to at least let its readership know about its existence regardless of whether it has subtitles. When a version does become available with English subtitles, they then update that post.

    This is a film review and news site; they're not going to have a staff of people to translate non-English-language speaking films and then subtitle them (especially good translations, if you're thinking of volunteers). I'm just happy to know about the film, and if it's interesting looking to me, I'll just keep an eye on it.

    And this is from an English-only speaker. Would I prefer subtitles? Sure...but eventually, I got 'em (see Gate of Ragnarok).

  • Aleks

    Thanks for your input. That being said, it is exactly just that; your input, your opinion on the matter. It doesn't negate my last comment; an article containing a Spanish language trailer with no English subtitles attracting the interest of, solely, Spanish speaking people.
    Is it possible that it's a just coincidence? Sure. But so was the falling man (from the beginning of Magnolia) getting shot a few floors through a window by that woman with a shotgun. Pardon the theatrics, that's just my way of saying; I don't buy it.

    I'm not demanding anything (wouldn't dream of it) nor am I even complaining, all I did was ask why. To date I haven't received a convincing answer, but seeing as how my interest wasn't that great to begin with (now it's marginal at best) I suggest we just leave it at that.

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