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Desierto to begin production this month

11 Oct

Early on during the Venice Biennale, Variety announced Jonás Cuarón’s next feature, Desierto. The film, about a pair of undocumented immigrants crossing the border into the United States on the run for their lives from a drunk American who has taken border control into his own hands, will be produced by Esperanto (Alfonso Cuarón), Ítaca (Alex Garcia), BN Films (Carlos Cuarón and Lucas Akoskin), and Canana (Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz). The screenplay was written by Jonás Cuarón and Mateo Garcia (who appeared in Cuarón’s first feature, Año uña).

According to the LA Times, Alfonso Cuarón was inspired by script’s stripped-down narrative and immersive character experience to invite his son Jonás to collaborate on Gravity with him.  Desierto will star Gael García Bernal as Moises, one of the two migrants who, fighting for their lives, learn to fight for each other.

Production begins in Mexico this month.



Cuarón to take part in Ischia Social Cinema Forum

19 Jul

Alfonso Cuarón is currently taking part in the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Italy. Along with directors Bille August and Carlo Gabriel Nero, and actors Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, Michele Placido, and Trudy Styler, he is participating in the festival’s Social Cinema Forum, “dedicated to Human Rights. The event, promoted together with the United Nations through UNRIC, the Equal Rights Ministry, and UNICEF and sponsored by Save the Children, is presided over by the screenwriter – director Steven Zaillian, Oscar winner for the film “Schindler’s List”.” The 6th edition of this film festival began on the 13th and continues through 20th July 2008. Read more.

Meanwhile, more news about Rudo y Cursi: “It was Guillermo del Toro, who first gave Carlos the idea of directing in 1996 after Carlos complained that his scripts were not produced. “Well, you direct, dimwit,” he told Cuarón. For his part, Alejandro González Iñárritu gave him his first managerial job even before Charles made his first short in 1997.” [1] Argentine Guillermo Francella also stars, as Batuta the football promoter. Art direction by Eugenio Caballero. [2] The film is a co-production by Cha Cha Cha, Canana Films, Esperanto Films, Focus Features, Producciones Anhelo, and Universal. [3]

“The film is about brotherhood put to the test, rivalry for the love of a woman and a mother, of success in the face of social climbing, of the fragility beneath the surface. One who wagers for passion and one for talent.”* [4]

*Re: translation – I can’t actually read Spanish.

Año uña

22 Mar

Just went to the last showing of Año uña at Cinéma du Parc for Festivalissímo. I thought it was sweet. I arrived half an hour early hoping it wouldn’t be sold out but it turns out the box office doesn’t even open until fifteen minutes before the film starts, so it was all right. I think there was a decently-sized audience (not that I really know what that is) and the murmured response I heard from eavesdropping generally referred to the photographic-style of the movie and how it was interesting, et cetera.

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