Production Begins on Jonas Cuaron’s Desierto


Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto began production last week in La Paz, Baja California, it was announced today. Gael García Bernal (No, Y Tu Mama Tambien) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, P.S. I Love You) will star in the film, written by Cuarón and Mateo García. The film marks Cuarón’s second directorial feature after Ano Una, which premiered at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.

A cat and mouse chase between a Mexican undocumented migrant worker, Moises (Bernal), and an American vigilante, Sam (Morgan), Desierto is set against the backdrop of the border desert, where the brutal yet beautiful landscape itself becomes a metaphor for the characters’ own inner struggles.

Cuarón has previously written several films including the Academy Award-winning Gravity with his father, Alfonso Cuarón, and has directed several short films including last year’s Gravity spinoff short, Aningaaq.

Cuarón will produce Desierto alongside Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón, Charles Gillibert, and Alex García.

David Linde, Gael García Bernal, Fréderique Dumas-Zajdela, Nicolás Celis, and Santiago García Galván will serve as executive producers.

Desierto is an Esperanto Kino production, in association with CG Cinema, Orange Studio, Canana, and Itaca Films. Damián García will serve as the film’s director of photography.

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