Desierto Is An America We Don’t Want

With America’s eye, and the world’s for that matter, trained on Donald Trump and what idiotic thing will fall out of his mouth next, this trailer and movie’s release couldn’t have better timing. Desierto seems to the story of a Mexican migrant worker making his way to the U.S., unfortunately there’s crazy man enforcing his own brand of border control. What is fortunate is that the film looks to have a very No Country for Old Men vibe to it.

Desierto was written and directed by Jonás Cuarón and stars Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Alondra Hidalgo. The movie was produced by Jonás Cuarón, Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón, Alex García, Charles Gillibert.

Desierto marks a particularly personal journey in storytelling for writer, director, editor, and producer Jonás Cuarón who spent the last seven years bringing the story of the migrant experience to the screen.

In his own words:

I took a trip through the U.S. Southwest where I encountered first-hand stories surrounding immigration and the often cruel and violent story of the migrant journey. I was very moved and immediately felt compelled to outline the film — which happened even before writing Gravity. I’ve always been very interested in the concept of films like Spielberg’s Duel, Konchalovskiy’s Runaway Train, and Bresson’s A Man Escapes. They are non-stop nail-biting thrillers with very little dialogue but that at the same time manage to juggle various themes. I was very interested in the drive of these films where the audience connects with the story and character in a very visceral way. In Desierto, I wanted to create a gripping film that would engage the audience in that same kind of visceral, cathartic experience and also allow them to reflect on this very complicated subject which illuminates the often devastating experience migrants face in the search for a better life. Bringing Gael (García Bernal) on board was a no-brainer, not just for his skillful acting but also for the soul I trusted he would bring to the story. I knew that Gael also felt very passionately about issues surrounding immigration and would bring to life the struggle, hope, and determination that are the fabric of the migrant story.

About Desierto:

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.

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