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The Motorcycle Diaries

Diarios de motocicleta

Directed by Walter Salles
Argentina, United States, 2004
Adventure, Biography, Drama


Based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution, this award-winning film depicts a significant journey Guevara, then a twenty-three-year-old medical student, took with his best friend on a motorcycle across South America.

Our take

Capturing a young Che Guevara’s emerging social and political consciousness in the time before he was a revolutionary, this road-trip travelogue through Latin America is a touching tribute to a near-mythic figure’s formative years. Adapted from Guevara’s memoirs, and starring Gael García Bernal.

The Motorcycle Diaries Directed by Walter Salles

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2004 | 3 wins including: François Chalais Award

Academy Awards

2005 | Winner: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

2005 | Nominee: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2005 | 2 wins including: Best Debut Performance

2005 | Nominee: Best Director

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2004 | Winner: Audience Award

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