[Video] Gael Garcia Bernal’s Desierto Premiers on October 15
From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, comes a unique, modern vision of terror. Desierto is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension and suspense from start to finish, starring Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mamá También) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Walking Dead).
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante targets a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they horrifyingly discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.
Desierto premiered to wide acclaim in its debut at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it received the International Critics Award. Most recently, the film was selected as Mexico’s official submission as Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th annual Academy Awards.
The movie marks a particularly personal journey in storytelling for writer, director, editor and producer Jonás Cuarón who spent the last seven years bringing the story of the migrant experience to the screen. In his own words: “I took a trip through the U.S. Southwest where I encountered first-hand stories surrounding immigration and the often cruel and violent story of the migrant journey. I was very moved and immediately felt compelled to outline the film – which happened even before writing Gravity.”
“Bringing Gael (García Bernal) on board was a no-brainer, not just for his skillful acting but also for the soul I trusted he would bring to the story,” says Cuarón. He adds, “I knew that Gael also felt very passionately about issues surrounding immigration and would bring to life the struggle, hope and determination that are the fabric of the migrant story.”
Desierto will be in theaters on Friday, October 14.