Gael García Bernal /IPA: ga'el gaɾ'sia beɾ'nal/ (born November 30, 1978) is a Mexican actor and director.
García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, the son of Patricia Bernal, an actress and former model, and José Angel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is Sergio Yazbek, to whom his mother married when García Bernal was young. He started acting at just a year old and spent most of his teen years starring in soap operas. When he was fourteen, he taught literacy to indigenous peoples in Mexico, most often with the Huichol Indians. In his later teens he took part in peaceful demonstrations during the Chiapas uprising of 1994.
García Bernal was becoming a soap opera heartthrob, but at age 19, he left Mexico's television world to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, becoming the first person from Mexico to be accepted in the program, and take the journey. Subsequently, García Bernal has starred in some of Mexico's most celebrated recent films,...
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Babel is a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated 2006 film, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The multi-narrative drama completes González Iñárritu's "death trilogy," which also consists of Amores Perros and 21 Grams.Babel weaves together stories taking place in Morocco, Japan, Mexico and the United States. It was an international co-production among production companies based in France, Mexico and the USA. The film was first screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and was later shown to audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Zagreb Film Festival. It opened in selected cities in the United States on October 27, 2006, and went into full release on November 10, 2006. On January 15 2007, it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and two nominations for Best Supporting Actress and won...,
The Science of Sleep, or La Science des rêves (literally The Science of Dreams), is a 2006 surrealist film, written and directed by Michel Gondry. The film stars Gael García Bernal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou and Alain Chabat.
Stéphane (Gael García Bernal), a young man whose vivid dreams and imagination often interfere with his ability to interact with reality, is coaxed back to his childhood home, France, after his mother finds him a job. The job turns out to be a very mundane position at a small company that manufactures novelty calendars. He initially assumes he will be working creatively, and even prepares twelve colorful drawings, each showing a disaster, for "disasterology" calendar. However, neither his co-workers nor his boss appreciate his talents. While leaving his apartment to go to work one day, Stéphane attempts to aid two men who are having trouble carrying a piano up a flight of stairs, but by doing so, ends up injuring his hand while the piano falls down the...,
The King is a 2005 co-produced UK and American drama about a troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, who goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met.
The film is deeply rooted in a Southern Gothic style and features themes similar to those in Greek Tragedy. It was written by its British director James Marsh and also by Milo Addica, the Academy Award nominated writer of Monster's Ball and Birth. Starring Gael García Bernal, who received strong critical acclaim for his portrayal of the main character, Elvis, it also stars William Hurt and Pell James.
Tagline: The Devil made me do it.A U.S. Navy enlisted man, Elvis Valderez (Gael García Bernal), is discharged and he purchases a used car and travels to his “home” in Corpus Christi, Texas. Elvis arrives at the church of Pastor David Sandow (William Hurt). He watches his sermon from the back of the church and then follows him and his family, including his wife Twyla (Laura Harring), son Paul (Paul Dano)...
Bad Education (Spanish: La mala educación) is a 2004 film by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar about two reunited childhood friends (and lovers) in the vein of an Alfred Hitchcock murder mystery. Sexual abuse by Catholic priests, transsexuality, drug abuse, and a metafiction are also important themes and devices in the plot. It is rated 18 in Spain, 15 in the UK by the BBFC and NC-17 in the US by the MPAA.
Enrique (Fele Martínez), a successful film director, is visited by a stranger (Gael García Bernal) in his office, an actor looking for work who claims to be Enrique's boarding school friend and first love interest Ignacio. "Ignacio" has brought a short story with him that is about their time at the Catholic school together and the physical and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Father Manolo (Daniel Giménez Cacho). It also includes a fictionalized account of their (Enrique's and Ignacio's) reunion after all those years.
Enrique remains skeptical, for he feels that the Ignacio...,
The Motorcycle Diaries (Spanish: Diarios de motocicleta) is a 2004 biographical film.
It tells the story of a journey by motorcycle across South America in 1952 by young Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. Guevara later became the famous Marxist revolutionary better known as Che Guevara, and the film depicts the gradual development of his political outlook, but his revolutionary exploits are not mentioned except in a caption at the end.
The film is based on the books Diarios de motocicleta by Guevara, and Con el Che por America Latina by Alberto Granado. Guevara is played by Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, and Granado by the Argentine actor Rodrigo de la Serna.
Directed by Brazilian director Walter Salles and written by Puerto Rican playwright José Rivera, the film was an international co-production between production companies from Argentina, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, Peru and France.The film's executive producers were Robert Redford,...,
Dreaming of Julia (Cuba Libre) is a 2003 film directed by Juan Gerard. The debut film by the director, the story is based on Gerard's childhood life in Cuba. The film was released as Cuban Blood in the US.
Set in Cuba in 1958, the last year of Fulgencio Batista regime, the plot revolves around a boy who is torn between his friendship with a blonde American named Julia and the strife facing his family as a result of the revolution and turmoil in their nation.
El crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro) is a 2002 Mexican/Spanish film directed by Carlos Carrera. It is loosely based on the novel O Crime do Padre Amaro (1875) by 19th-century Portuguese writer José Maria Eça de Queiroz.
When it was first released, El Crimen del Padre Amaro was very controversial; Roman Catholic groups in Mexico tried to stop the film from being screened. They failed, and the film became the biggest box office draw ever in the country, beating previous record holder, Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999).
The film starred Sancho Gracia, Ana Claudia Talancón and Gael García Bernal and premiered on 16 August 2002 in Mexico City.
Gael García Bernal stars as the newly ordained Padre Amaro who arrives in Los Reyes, a small town in the fictional state of Aldama, to start his life serving the church. Young Amaro is soon led into temptation by the beautiful Amelia (Ana Claudia Talancón) a local sixteen-year-old girl whose infatuation with the handsome young priest...,
Y tu mamá también (literally "And your mother, too", released in English-speaking markets under the original Spanish title) is a 2001 Mexican film written by Carlos Cuarón and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film chronicles a coming-of-age story of two teenage boys taking a road trip with a woman in her late twenties. The film is set against the backdrop of the political and economic realities of present-day Mexico, specifically at the end of the uninterrupted seventy-year line of Mexican presidents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, and the rise of the opposition headed by Vicente Fox . The film achieved great success in its native country and received awards and critical acclaim in foreign territories.
The film focuses on two boys, Julio, from a middle-class family, and Tenoch, whose father is a high-ranking political dignitary. The film begins with Tenoch having sex with his girlfriend, Ana. Half way through having sex, they both promise each...,
Bendito infierno (released as Sin noticias de Dios in Spain and in English as Don't Tempt Me) is a Mexico/Spain co-production. The screenplay for this comedy film was written especially for Penélope Cruz and Victoria Abril by the award-winning Spanish writer and director Agustín Díaz Yanes of Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto.This movie was nominated to the Goya Awards in 2002 in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress (Victoria Abril) and Best Supporting Actor (Gael García Bernal).The movie earned Demián Bichir the "Best Bichir in a movie" MTV Movie Awards-Mexico in 2003.In Heaven the last ten years have been tough -- Hell has been winning the battle between Good and Evil. The managers of Heaven receive a request by a mother to save her son's soul and see opportunity of winning the soul of a boxer named Many(Demián Bichir) as an opportunity to shift the balance of power. An angel (Victoria Abril) Lola is sent to Earth to take over the role of the boxer's wife. To...
Amores perros is a Mexican film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu in 2000. It is an anthology film, containing three distinct stories which are connected by a car accident in Mexico City. Each of the three tales is also a reflection on the cruelty of humans towards each other, showing how they end up living darker and more hideous lives than the dogs around them. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2001.
The film was released under its Spanish title in the English-speaking world, although it was sometimes translated as Love's a Bitch in marketing. In a 2001 interview on National Public Radio, Iñárritu pointed out that Love's a Bitch is an American English idiom, and is not a satisfactory translation of the title.
The film is constructed from three distinct stories linked by a car accident that brings the characters briefly together.
"Octavio and Susana" stars Gael García Bernal and Vanessa Bauche as the title characters. Susana is Octavio's...,
Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico