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With border control one of the hot points of this year's presidential election, Desierto is a very topical movie. Produced by Alfonso Cuaron and directed by his son Jonas Cuaron, the thriller stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a man attempting to illegally cross into the United States only to be hunted relentlessly by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. For some viewers, Morgan's character might be seen as the hero, but for the Cuarons, who previously collaborated on the script for Gravity, he's definitely the villain. A terrifying one at that. One critic blurbed in the new trailer below even says he's "one of the most horrifying villains of recent cinema." Desierto premiered this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and received...
- Christopher Campbell
In any other year, a trailer for a film where Jeffrey Dean Morgan hunts people illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States would already have the potential to be pretty shocking and intense. There’s something about 2016, though, that makes this idea of a radicalized would-be patriot going off the rails and grabbing a rifle so he can dispense his own brand of murderous “justice” seem extra scary. We’re not sure why that is (something about tiny hands and the color orange?), but that’s the basic setup for Desierto, an upcoming horror thriller directed by Jonás Cuarón, the son of Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón (who is also a producer on this film). Thankfully, Desierto features Gael García Bernal on the side of the border-crossers, and he’s far too pretty to get executed by some racist nut, so we imagine there will come a point ...
- Sam Barsanti
Stx Entertainment has released a new trailer for their upcoming thriller Desierto, which is set to hit theaters on October 14. From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, comes a unique, modern vision of terror. Desierto is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension and suspense from start to finish, starring Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mamá También) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen).
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer. The new trailer from Stx Entertainment offers new footage that »
Synopsis: "From Jonás Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, the acclaimed filmmakers of Gravity, comes a unique, modern vision of terror. Desierto is a visceral, heart-pounding suspense-thriller packed with tension and suspense from start to finish, starring Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries and Y Tu Mamá También) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen).
What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer."
Directed by Jonás Cuarón »
- Derek Anderson
The Austin Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference has announced that the Stx coming of age-comedy “Edge of Seventeen” will screen as the centerpiece selection on Oct. 17.
James L. Brooks will attend the screening of the pic, on which he is a producer.
“Edge of Seventeen” centers around lonely high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) who forms an unlikely friendship with awkward admirer Erwin Kim (Hayden Szeto). The film also stars Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s history teacher.
Writer-director Ben Younger will also be present in Austin for a screening of his film “Bleed for This,” which stars Miles Teller as struggling boxer Vinny Paz and Aaron Eckhart as his coach. The film is based on the story of Paz, who went on to become world champion. »
- Will Thorne
After depicting an intense situation in Gravity, co-writer Jonás Cuarón will now do it again, stepping into the director’s chair, but this time on land. Desierto is a thriller starring Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Alondra Hidalgo, following the harrowing migrant experience for some. Once set for a release earlier this spring, Stx Entertainment moved it to a more politically timely slot next month and now we have a new trailer.
We said in our review, “A tense thriller of survival set against a desolate landscape of quiet austerity until the deafening sound of our heroes’ pursuer returns after a brief respite allowing these strangers the time to emotively talk about their lives—no, it’s not Gravity. Filmmaker Jonás Cuarón certainly has a type, though, since his sophomore effort in the director’s chair, Desierto, has a lot of formal similarities to his and father Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning ride. »
- Leonard Pearce
Jonás Cuarón is following in the footsteps of his Oscar winning father and taking to the director’s chair once more for the suspenseful feature “Desierto.” Boasting Alfonso Cuarón as executive producer and featuring the cat-and-mouse pairing of Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gael García Bernal, the drama paints a bleak portrait of the U.S.-Mexican Border as an American vigilante hunts for illegal immigrants trying to make their way into the country.
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The official synopsis reads: “What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer. »
- Zack Sharf
Yesterday at an unusually tense and controversial Ophir Awards ceremony, Sand Storm won the Israeli Oscar and will thus be Israel's Oscar submission. The debut female director Elite Zexer, giving the last acceptance speech of the evening, spoke about how she employed Jews, Muslims, and Christians on the picture.
Though I already think Israel should have won the Oscar in this category (for Late Marriage which was submitted but not nominated in the year of Amelie and No Man's Land) and they've had high quality films in the mix before, I'm a little cool on this particular picture. Ah well, you can't love everything!
The UK's submission is a horror thriller set in IranAs more and more titles are announced for the Foreign Oscar Race, the variety of genres keeps growing, too. We have animated films, horror thrillers, docu-fiction hybrids, political dramas, romantic comedies, crime films, as well as submissions »
- NATHANIEL R
On the heels of yesterday’s news that Robert Elswit will be reteaming with Dan Gilroy after Nightcrawler for the Denzel Washington-led drama Inner City — presumably counting him out of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s next feature, shooting around the same time — we have more enticing cinematography-related updates, and we’ll start with the most expected first.
After working on all of his films except for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, three-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki will reteam with Alfonso Cuarón for his next project. It was revealed earlier this month that the Children of Men and Gravity director would be heading back to his roots for a drama that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. With shooting to kick off this fall, an Instagram post (seen below) informs us that Lubezki is already underway with camera tests for the film. »
- Jordan Raup
Moviegoers and awards season pundits alike have been buzzing about “Passengers” since its announcement. Now we finally have our first look at Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence’s intergalactic romance-adventure flick. Directed by Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus”), “Passengers” follows two space travelers interrupted from their century-long suspended animation. The only two living beings onboard (Michael Sheen plays a robotic bartender), they begin to fall for each other even as they realize everyone onboard their ship is in terrible danger. Judging by the newly released trailer, the film boasts some of the most impressive visual effects you’re likely to see on the big screen this year. It looks like Sandra Bullock’s “Gravity” on steroids. In terms of its shot at major film accolades, “Passengers” faces Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama “Arrival,” as well as stiff competition in this year’s leading actor and actress categories. »
Children of Men/Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón has found his new film project, slated to begin shooting in Mexico this fall. Hit the jump to learn more about the new Alfonso Cuaron movie. Participant Media and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón are partnering on a new untitled film project, to be directed and written by Cuarón […]
- Peter Sciretta
It sounds like visionary director Alfonso Cuarón is getting back to basics. The director is mostly well known for his visual effects heavy films like Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, and Gravity, but according to Collider, his next movie is set to be a big departure from his last few.
The outlet reports that Cuarón's next film is a currently untitled project that is set in Mexico City in the 1970s. He will be writing and directing the movie, and given that the filmmaker was born in Mexico City, it is expected that it will be a personal endeavor. The film is reported to focus on a family living in the city at the time, though there are no actual plot details as of this point. Production is set to begin on the film this fall.
Of course, any news of Cuarón working on a film is good news, »
- Joseph Medina
Alfonso Cuarón is a unique filmmaker. He’s done everything from dystopian fantasy (Children of Men), coming-of-age story (Y Tu Mama Tambien), and even a Harry Potter film (Prisoner of Azkaban). Most recently, of course, he impressed with the nail-biting Gravity, for which he won an Oscar in 2014. But it’s now been three years since Gravity, and Cuarón has only just picked his next project.
Cuarón is working on an as-yet-untitled movie with Participant Media. He plans to write and direct the new film, which will be a family drama set in Mexico City during the 1970s. Cuarón says that the project is close to his heart, for he was born in Mexico City and raised there during the 1970s. There are no other plot details as yet, however, so it will be some time before we know if this film will touch on Cuarón’s biography in any way. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
It’s been announced that Alfonso Cuarón will be partnering with Participant Media for his first project in Mexico since his 2001 sexually-fueled friendship drama, “Y Tu Mamá También.” Currently untitled, Cuarón’s new film is set in early ’70s Mexico City and will depict a year in the life of a middle-class family. No announcements have been made as to whether there is a cast attached to the project.
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“This film is close to my heart,” said Cuarón in a press statement, “I am thrilled to be making it with the Participant team.” Participant is responsible for notable recent releases such as “Spotlight” and “He Named Me Malala,” and have four films at this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
“Alfonso is a master story-teller,” said Participant CEO David Linde, “We are elated to be joining him…” The film will be produced by Cuarón, »
- Annakeara Stinson
Alfonso Cuarón’s 2001 film, Y Tu Mamá También, is as much a coming-of-age story as it is a road movie because the director paired Mexico’s diverse geographical landscapes with its shifting political one. (There was also lots of sex and drugs, which are other Bildungsroman elements.) Despite how well he worked with the rough terrains and oases, Cuarón hasn’t shot a film in Mexico in 15 years. That’s about to change, though, as Deadline reports that Cuarón’s next project will be filmed in his homeland.
The as-yet-untitled project will be written and directed by Cuarón, who’s been nominated for a best original screenplay Oscar (for the aforementioned Y Tu Mamá Tambien), and became the first Mexico-born director to win the best directing Oscar in 2014 for Gravity. The discreet charm of the Mexican bourgeoisie will reportedly be the focus of the film, which will ...
- Danette Chavez
After he made the best sci-fi film of the century so far and before he took on the big-budget space spectacle Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón was hoping to do a smaller film back in Mexico. “I’ve been missing Mexico. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Mexico. I’m so in touch with it and I think I need to reconnect with my own sense of being,” he said. He never did get that chance back then, but now it looks like he’ll be returning to his roots this fall.
Participant Media has announced today that they are teaming with Cuarón for a new film he’ll be writing and directing. Although not many details are known, it will chronicle a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. With it set to begin shooting in Mexico this fall, »
- Leonard Pearce
After he finally received the critical and awards success he’d long deserved —including a Best Director Oscar— with “Gravity,” all eyes have been on director Alfonso Cuarón’s next move. Warner Bros. have been clearly keen to keep him in the stable, reportedly offering him “The Shining” prequel “Overlook Hotel” as well as Harry Potter spin-off “Fantastic Beasts […]
- Oliver Lyttelton
Alfonso Cuaron has set his next film.
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Participant Media are partnering on a new untitled movie that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. Cuaron is directing and writing the drama, which is slated to begin production this fall in Mexico.
The project will be produced by Cuaron, Gabriela Rodriguez (“Gravity,” “Children of Men”), and Nicolas Celis (“Desierto,” “Heli,” “The Untamed”). Jeff Skoll, David Linde, and Jonathan King of Participant Media will executive produce.
“This film is close to my heart and my first in Mexico since ‘Y Tu Mamá También.’ I am thrilled to be making it with the Participant team,” Cuaron said.
The drama marks Cuaron’s follow-up to his smash hit “Gravity,” which landed him two Oscars — including one for directing, making him the first Mexican-born helmer to win the award. The »
- Justin Kroll
Participant Media and Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”) will team up for a new untitled project, which will be directed and written by the Academy Award-winning filmmaker. Production is slated to begin in Mexico this fall. The project will chronicle a year in the life of a middle class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s. “This film is close to my heart and my first in Mexico since ‘Y Tu Mamá También.’ I am thrilled to be making it with the Participant team,” said Cuarón in a statement. Also Read: Alfonso Cuaron on 'Gravity': 'Awards Don't Make Your »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Labor Day Weekend is the bastard stepchild of holidays, and this weekend promises a dispiriting reception for two new, lower-budget studio releases. “The Light Between Oceans” (Disney) and “Morgan” (20th Century Fox) will each struggle to do even $10 million this weekend. However, Sony’s surprisingly strong horror thriller “Don’t Breathe” looks to repeat at No. 1 — a rare achievement in the genre.
For both films, choosing this date represents the “what have we got to lose?” strategy. Neither “Oceans” nor “Morgan” will open in more than 2,000 theaters; unless they over-perform, the three-day weekend has a good chance of being the weakest of 2016. Last year’s Friday-to-Sunday saw $60 million; the mark to beat this year is $76 million (Super Bowl Weekend in early February, normally a dead zone).
That said, “The Light Between Oceans” is the first among equals. »
- Tom Brueggemann
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