Gael Garcia Bernal does Cha Cha Cha at Sundance

Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:18pm EST
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By Michelle Nichols

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Actor Gael Garcia Bernal's new film "Rudo y Cursi" is Mexico's fifth top grossing local film ever and is now set for U.S. release in the coming months after being snapped up at the Sundance Film Festival.

It is the first production from Cha Cha Cha -- a company formed by Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Now Cuaron's brother, Carlos, joins the trio as a director, debuting with "Rudo y Cursi" which roughly translates into "Tough and Corny."

The Spanish language film, also written by Carlos Cuaron, tells the tale of two talented soccer playing brothers, portrayed by Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, who are plucked from their small village to play for Mexico's top teams.

It reunites Garcia Bernal, 30, and Luna, 29, on-screen for the first time since 2001's "Y tu mama tambien," which was written by the Cuaron brothers, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and nominated for an Academy Award. That film also thrust a new generation of Mexican talent into the global spotlight.

"It's a project that's been done with friends," Garcia Bernal told Reuters at Sundance about his renewed collaboration with Luna and the Cha Cha Cha team.

"We know each other pretty well, so we can say things straight forward without blushing or feeling hurt. Also we are very rigorous in our work," he added.

He said "Rudo y Cursi" -- which has been playing in Mexican theaters for about a month and will be released in North America by Sony Pictures Classics -- proved to be a rare challenge for him because it had such complex characters.

"What I can draw from it, because every person can draw a different thing from it, is that it is a story about the fragility of success and how dangerous and how responsible one has to be with success," he said.   Continued...

<p>Actor Gael Garcia Bernal of the movie "Rudo y Cursi," premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, poses for a portrait in Park City, Utah January 17, 2009. REUTERS/Ramin Rahimian</p>