10 standout Latinos at the @sundancefest via @NBCLatino
With compelling coming-of-age movies like Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G.” and biting political dramas like Gael Garcia Bernal’s “No,” Latino stars brought fresh ideas to the lineup of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Filmmakers, actors and writers descended on Park City, Utah to showcase the best in independent film-making at the moment. Scroll down to take a look at Hollywood’s newest and most innovative stars.
Gael Garcia Bernal
Gael Garcia Bernal definitely made a statement at Sundance with two fiery films rooted in politics. His first film, “No,” depicts Pinochet-era Chile and an ad executive’s campaign to defeat his re-election bid. The film is already up for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film of the Year. His second film, “Who is Dayani Cristal?,” follows Bernal as he tries to uncover the identity of an anonymous body in the Arizona desert. The film touches on issues of U.S.- Mexico relations, immigration, border security and the value of a human life.
Director Sebastián Silva debuted two movies at Sundance, both filmed in his native Chile and both starring the nerdy and lovable Michael Cera. “Crystal Fairy,” inspired by Silva’s life, follows Cera on a quest through the desert to find a druggie’s dream — the San Pedro cactus. According to Cera, they filmed “Crystal Fairy” while waiting for funding for the other film premiering at the festival “Magic Magic.”
“Magic Magic,” the second Sebastián Silva film premiering at Sundance, stars Colombian beauty Catalina Sandino Moreno. She’ll appear in the psychological thriller with Michael Cera, Emily Browning and Juno Temple. You might recognize the 32-year-old stunner from the drama “Maria Full of Grace,” which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
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