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Gael Garcia Bernal - 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Times Warner Center - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 26th April 2016
Gael García Bernal - On Location with Mozart in the Jungle at Washington Square Park - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 15th September 2015
A handsome yet enigmatic shaman from the Amazon rainforest named Kai swims down the river on a whim to come across a beautiful young woman named Vania. Since her tobacco farmer father was murdered after refusing to give up his land to an army of mercenaries intent on deforestation and the acquisition of his property, she has been held hostage under their brutal tyranny. Kai is desperate to rescue her and sets out to kill any man who gets in his way; but things aren't easy when there's a lot more in the forest in the way of danger than the tree burners. His determination to protect Vania and her home evolves into a passionate romantic relationship, further fuelling their desire to fight. But with just the two of them, is it a fruitless battle?
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A harrowing true story infused with sharp humour and bristling intelligence, this riveting film is an auspicious writing-directing debut for TV news comic Jon Stewart. It's based on London-based journalist Maziar Bahari's book Then They Came for Me, a strikingly intimate memoir about being imprisoned in Iran. But the film never becomes a rant at an unjust society. Instead, it digs deep beneath the surface to find much more resonant, and more important, themes.
Maziar (Gael Garcia Bernal) left his pregnant wife (Claire Foy) at home in Britain to travel to Tehran to cover the contentious 2009 elections, after which the streets broke out in protests at what people saw as a rigged victory for Ahmadinejad. Maziar stays to report on this, and does a comical interview with a member of Stewart's team at The Daily Show. But the regime sees this as cooperation with an enemy, and arrests Maziar in his mother's (Shohreh Aghdashloo) home, charging him with espionage. While held in the notorious Evin Prison for nearly four months, Maziar is subjected to psychological torture at the hands of an interrogator (Kim Bodnia) he names "Rosewater" because of his scent. And the memories of similar experiences endured by his father and sister (Haluk Bilginer and Golshifteh Farahani) help Maziar survive his ordeal.
As a director, Stewart continually finds clever ways of revealing the inner workings of Maziar's mind, revealing his thoughts in inventive imagery and sounds. For example, one sequence beautifully weaves in Leonard Cohen's Dance Me to the Edge of Love, which holds a powerful memory for Maziar and also echoes the music and movies Iran's religious regime has strictly forbidden. Even the ghostly appearances of Maziar's father and sister are seamlessly integrated into the story. And the other significant achievement here is a refusal to make anyone a villain. As played by Bodnia, Rosewater is a man doing what he believes to be right, with pangs of conscience that eerily echo the news headlines about how American interrogators mistreated prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Bagram.
Continue reading: Rosewater Review
Gael García Bernal - Photographs from the Premiere screening of Amazon's Original Series Mozart in the Jungle as a variety of stars arrived at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' has an outside chance at the Oscars.
Rosewater, Jon Stewart's directorial debut based on the best-selling memoir Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival by Maziar Bahari, hits theaters in the U.S today. Acclaimed by critics and featuring an accomplished lead performance from Gael Garcia Bernal, the movie is certainly one to consider for the major awards this season.
Rosewater tells the true story of Bahari, a broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship who, in 2009, returned to Iran to interview Presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. The candidate's supporters rose up in protest of his prematurely announced defeat to President Ahmadinejad and Bahari sent footage of street riots to the BBC. Later, he was arrested, tortured and interrogated for 118 days while his wife led an international campaign to have her husband freed.
Continue reading: Could Jon Stewart's 'Rosewater' Have A Shot At The Oscars?
The trailer for Jon Stewart's debut film as a director, 'Rosewater', has been released.
American political satirist Jon Stewart has added another string to his bow: screenwriter and film director. His directorial debut Rosewater- which he also wrote and produced- has just launched its first trailer.
Stewart is better known as a political satirist but has also cameoed in several big name movies
The film is based on the memoir of London-based journal Maziar Bahari, 'Then They Came for Me', which tells the story of his 100-day imprisonment in Iran under suspicion of spying. The film is set against the backdrop of the 2008 Iran elections which caused shockwaves around the world after incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner in what many Iranians declared a fraudulent election.
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Actor-producer Gael Garcia Bernal takes a strikingly complex look at the timely issue of human migration from Central America to the United States, which is rarely depicted with such honest humanity. By exploring three sides of a single story, this artful film is an enlightening documentary, a moving drama and a riveting mystery. It also offers a glimmer of hope if politicians shake off party pressures and take some notice of what it has to say.
The film opens in Arizona's Sonora Desert, where more than 200 unidentified bodies are found every year. These are immigrants who desperately travel north seeking a better life for their loved ones back home, but end up as illegals struggling to survive in the harsh landscape. When police find a body with the name "Dayani Cristal" tattooed on it, experts (Bruce Anderson and Ivon Ton-Quevedo) begin the search to determine the man's identity. Meanwhile in Honduras, the missing Yohan is discussed by his parents, wife and children as a kind man who made the trip to the USA to fund treatment for his dying son. At the same time, Garcia Bernal retraces Yohan's difficult journey by rail through Mexico, seeking people who may have met him along the way.
All three strands of this film are so personal that they're impossible to dismiss on the usual political grounds: this isn't the story of an issue, it's about a real man with a family. And through various conversations with people on every side of the story, the true picture emerges of a badly broken system that has been tarnished with lies from American right-wing fanatics who portray migrants as criminals who just want to steal from the US government. The truth is that the economy needs immigrant workers to survive, and the vast majority of them are intelligent, conscientious workers who are genuinely trying to help their families survive. And the problems back home can be directly traced to US corporations that have stolen jobs and resources from their homelands.
Continue reading: Who Is Dayani Cristal? Review
People often complain about the selection of movies on Netflix- we pick out some undiscovered gems.
Most films on the lower rungs of Netflix occupy that position for a single reason: they’re downright terrible. The acting is at best laughable and at worst cringe-worthy, whilst the script seems to be the product of baboons who possess a slightly above average intelligence. Elsewhere, the special effects are seemingly artefacts from design software that became obsolete once Windows 98 was released and the goofs and continuity errors come thick and fast. But amongst the schlock, the horribly ill-conceived box office flops and throwaway Chuck Norris vehicles are a selection of films hardly deserving of their placement amongst the vast expanse of Hollywood detritus. We’ve all sifted through the lower echelons of the vast Netflix database, ambivalently scrolling past Beverly Hills Ninja and Death Wish 4 and laughing at the hilarity of shoe-string budget horror C-movies such as Return Of The Killer Tomatoes and Strippers Vs Werewolves. Hiding amongst the most forgettable and artistically hollow filmic endeavours are some criminally overlooked works of cinematic art. Here is a selection of filmic diamonds who have unfairly found themselves confined to the Netflix motion picture ghetto:
Rebellion (2011), Director: Matheiu Kossovitz
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The Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-May 25
The final panel for Cannes 2014 has been decided upon, with Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal amongst others joining Jane Campion who is serving as jury president. Denmark’s, Nicolas Winding Refn, France’s Carole Bouquet, Iran’s Leila Hatami, China’s Jia Zhangke, and South Korea’s Jeon Do-yeon comprise the rest of the 9 person-strong jury.
Sofia Coppola is one of an eclectic bunch set to judge at this year's Cannes
“Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, Campion will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from China, Korea, Denmark, Iran, the United States, France and Mexico,” the Festival said in a statement.
He may be Oscar-nominated but Matthew McConaughey wasn't first on the list.
Matthew Mcconaughey may have pulled off the performance of his career in Dallas Buyers Club but the actor apparently had to convince the movie's directors that he was the right guy to take on the role of entrepreneurial AIDS victim Ron Woodroof.
Matthew McConaughey Was Far From First Choice To Play Ron Woodroof.
Looking at the series of cheesy rom-coms that McConaughey has padded out his career with, it's fairly easy to see why director Jean-Marc Vallee was at first sceptical about casting the classically handsome, all-American beefcake actor. "I wasn't sure about Matthew at first," said Vallee to THR. "Mr. The Most Handsome Man With Muscles? Then I met him and found a man who really wanted to change perceptions and have new challenges in his career."
For his third Pinochet-era movie, Chilean filmmaker Larrain has come up with his most breathtakingly original approach yet, telling a story anyone, anywhere can identify with while at the same time never pulling his political punches. Nominated for an Oscar, the film is a blast of creativity, and not just because it centres on the advertising business.
It's set in 1988 Santiago, where ad agency boss Lucho (Castro) has taken a high-profile job for the government to get the nation to vote "yes" on a referendum to ratify Pinochet for another 10 years. Bowing to international pressure, Pinochet allows the "no" campaign to have equal time on TV, and Lucho's employee Rene (Garcia Bernal) takes the job. Rene knows he has the moral high-ground, standing up against Pinochet's tyrannical rule, censorship and rampant human rights abuses. But he also worries that a government known for oppressing ideas is unlikely to let him say anything he wants. Or to allow a truly free vote.
Over the 27-day campaign, the respect and rivalry between Lucho and Rene spurs them to increasing creativity. Rene knows that "you can't use fear on a population that's already terrorised", so opts instead to focus on the coming happiness. This essentially turns the film into a sharp comedy, even though there are dark dangers lurking everywhere. And offhanded, natural performances make the entire cast both likeable and sympathetic. Their debates are packed with witty observations that offer revealing glimpses into both politics and the creative process.
Continue reading: No Review
Check out the trailer for the Oscar-nominated No! The Pablo Larran-directed Chilean film is released in the UK on February 8, before seeing a limited release across the Atlantic in the United States the week after (February 15).
Starring a relatively unknown cast, including Gael Garcia Bernal as main character Rene Saavedra, No is based on the play El Plebiscito by Antonio Skarmeta and centers on the real story of the 1988 Chilean plebiscite, where the opposition won by just over half of the vote percentage. Both the play and film focus on the famous campaign whereby Chile’s military dictator Augusto Pinochet lost out on continuing to rule the country after 16 and a half years in charge. Bernal’s character is an in-demand advertising man who ends up as part of a team who create upbeat films and other forms of propaganda in order to persuade the Chilean people to finally rise up and vote to get rid of their militant leader. The trailer shows hints at this uprising, with shots of riots and protests undercutting lines that pre-suppose a general change occurring in the country.
Hotly reviewed by the critics, No is up for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film at the 85th Academy Awards. It is set to do battle with Amour, War Witch, A Royal Affair and Kon-Tiki. Of these, Amour is strongly fancied, the Michael Haneke-directed film also up for several other categories,including Best Picture outright.
Continue reading: New Trailer For Oscar-Nominated Chilean Film No (Video)
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