They have been friends for years, and now Mexican actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna are looking to showcase the special bond of true male friendship in a new film project.
The artists’ production company Canana Films, which most recently co-produced the Chilean film “No,” nominated to the Academy Awards as Best Foreign Language Film, has team up with Chivas to produce two short films about modern brotherhood.
Produced by Pablo Cruz, Julian Levin and Arturo Sampson and written by Alonso Ruizpalacios, the film is set in Mexico and explores themes of trust, forgiveness and acceptance in friendship. It follows the adventures of three long-time friends who after some time apart reconnect and explore how they have changed individually –- and what impact this has on their relationship.
This is the first time both actors have worked together behind the camera. Each one has taken a section of the story to direct and tell on their own way and style. The first film, directed by Luna will be released on January 28, and the second concluding part, directed by García Bernal, will air on February 18.
“We founded Canana so that we could work with our friends to make films in a way that felt different. Gael is like a brother to me, so it will always be exciting to work hand in hand," said Luna in a press release.
Check out above an interview with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, and below more about the actors.
The Pair Were Child Actors in Mexico
Diego Luna was 12 years old when he appeared in his first Mexican telenovela, <em>El Abuelo Y Yo</em> in 1992. He would meet his longtime friend Gael Garcia Bernal, then 14 on set. By the time they were teenagers, both actors were Mexican teen heartthrobs and fan <a href="http://gaelfeminista.tumblr.com/" target="_hplink">adoration</a> has hardly dwindled.
A Young Gael Garcia Bernal
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"Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2001) Brings Its Stars International Acclaim
Real-life childhood friends, Garcia and Luna are most recognized for their steamy roles in the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film <em>Y Tu Mama Tambien</em>, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. Picture Source -- <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ2LrIZq1s8 " target="_hplink">SundanceNow Official Youtube Page</a>
Luna Shares the Critics Choice Award With The Cast of "Milk"
Luna shares the Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble with the cast of the 2009 biopic <em>Milk</em> for his role as Milk's lover Jack Lira. In his talk at the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWXz2YyszOE" target="_hplink">USC Annenberg Distinguished Lecture Series on Latin American Arts and Culture</a> in 2010, Luna said, "I have to say, Jack Lira was a really tough character to play. I feel really proud of what we did."
Luna Adds "Director" To His Resume
Here, Luna poses during the photocall of the movie <em>Abel</em> presented in the competition at the 36th American Film Festival, in Deauville, northwestern France, on September 6, 2010.
His Friend, Gael Garcia Bernal Produced The Film
(L-R) Producer Pablo Cruz, director Diego Luna, and executive producer Gael Garcia Bernal arrive at <em>Abel</em> screening during AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
Luna Wins Horizontes Award for His First Directorial Feature Film "Abel"
Mexican director Diego Luna receives the Horizontes award for his film <em>Abel</em> during the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival closing ceremony at the Kursaal Palace on September 25, 2010 in San Sebastian, Spain.
Luna Speaks at USC About Film, Culture & Politics
On his career, Luna said "Acting became the chance to find a point of view...I believe the screen is a mirror and has to work as a mirror. Otherwise, it has no point of existing."
Gael Garcia Bernal Fundraises For Victims of Mexico's Drug-Related Violence
Garcia Bernal, a member of the 'El Grito Mas Fuerte' (The Strongest Shout) movement, speaks during a press conference at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City on February 21, 2012. A group of Mexican actors, including Garcia Bernal and Luna, donated $5,600 dollars raised in artistic events to victims of the wave of drug-related violence that shakes Mexico.
"Case de mi Padre" Premiere
Actor Diego Luna arrives at Premiere of Pantelion Films' <em>Casa De Mi Padre</em> at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
The Actors Arrive On The Red Carpet
In an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/13/casa-de-mi-padre-gael-garcia-bernal_n_1341942.html " target="_hplink">interview</a> with Nicki Gostin on the Huffington Post about the soap opera comedy, Garcia said "we had to make efforts to be serious every now and again. And also, to make it work we'd have to be super serious, but we would laugh a lot. It was quite impossible to film sometimes." Here, the duo arrive at the Premiere of Pantelion Films' <em>Casa De Mi Padre</em> at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
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