Gael Garcia Bernal | “Eligio”
Gael Garcia Bernal is one of the great actors of today, recently gaining critical acclaim and a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in “Mozart in the Jungle.” Amazon’s hit web series also won a Golden Globe for “Best Actor Comedy Series.”
Having worked as an actor since childhood in Mexico, Bernal made his feature film debut in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s Academy Award nominated “Amores Perros”. His breakthrough performance in the universally acclaimed film earned him a Silver Ariel Award (Mexico’s equivalent of the Oscar) as well as a Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, both as Best Actor.
Bernal’s next film role was in another globally celebrated feature, Alfonso Cuaron’s Academy Award-nominated “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (And Your Mother Too), starring opposite his lifelong friend Diego Luna. For their performances, the two friends were jointly voted the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice International Film Festival. In 2008 he starred alongside Diego Aluna again in “Rudo y Cursi.”
He subsequently starred in the title role of Carlos Carrera’s Academy Award-nominated romantic drama “El Crimen del padre Amaro” (The Crime of Father Amaro). His performance earned him the Silver Goddess Award for Best Actor from the Mexican Cinema Journalists, as well as a nomination from the Chicago Film Critics’ Association for Most Promising Performer.
Since 2004, Gael Garcia Bernal has starred in important films like “The Motorcycle Diaries” (Diarios de una motocicleta) directed by Walter Salles, “La Mala Educacion” (Bad Education) directed by Pedro Almodovar and “Babel” directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu.
Bernal received a BAFTA and Satellite Award nomination in 2005 for Best Actor for his work in The Motorcycle Diaries.
In 2006, Bernal was recognized by BAFTA again with a nomination in the Rising Star category, acknowledging new talent in the acting industry.
In addition to acting, Gael Garcia Bernal has taken on the roles of both director and producer. After directing short films in collaboration with Amnesty International, he directed his first feature Déficit in 2007. He also founded the production company Canana, with his close friend, actor Diego Luna and producer Pablo Cruz. They also run the Ambulante documentary film festival.
In 2009 Bernal starred in “Limits of Control” (Los limites del control) with Tilda Swinton and directed by Jim Jarmusch as well as Mammoth” (Mamut) with Michelle Williams and directed by Lukas Moodysson. In 2010, he starred in “Even the Rain” directed by Icíar Bollaín and “Letters to Juliet” (Cartas a Julieta) with Amanda Seyfriend. He also starred in “Casa de Mi Padre” with Will Ferrell and Diego Luna as well as in “A Little Bit of Heaven” starring alongside Kate Hudson and Kathy Bates. Bernal has also starred in the film “No” directed by Pablo Larrain which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and was released in LA and NY in 2013. Also in 2013, he starred in “Who is Dayani Cristal?” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Other film credits include: ” Fernando Meirelles’ “Blindness,” Pedro Almodóvar’s “La mala educación,” and Michel Gondry’s “The Science of Sleep.”
Most recently, Bernal starred in Jon Stewart’s biopic Rosewater and Pablo Fendrik’s “El ardor.” Bernal can also be seen in “Zoom,” and “Eva No Duerme,” which premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. His next film, “Desierto,” directed by Jonas Cuarón, which also premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, is scheduled to be released in Spring 2016 by STX Entertainment. Bernal’s hit comedy, “Mozart in the Jungle” recently premiered its second season in December 2015 and was just picked up for a third season. His most recent release “Me estas matando, Susana”, directed by Roberto Sneider, will be released in Mexico this coming May.