Gael Garcia Bernal was a big presence at Sundance this year, appearing in two of the best received films at the festival: the Academy Award-nominated “No” and the opening night documentary “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”
In director Pablo Larraín’s “No,” which took the top prize at last year’s Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at Cannes, Bernal stars in the true story as Rene Saavedra, an advertising executive asked to campaign voter resistance to Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet in light of a forthcoming referendum. Marc Silver’s quasi-doc “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” centers on the mystery surrounding an anonymous body found in the Sonora desert. Bernal, who produced the film, stars in the dramatic reenactments featured in it.
Indiewire had the chance to sit down with Bernal in Park City to discuss his involvement with both projects, their unique similarities, and the challenges associated with portraying real-life characters.
Sony Pictures Classics opens “No” in select theaters today. Mundial is handling the U.S. release of “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” and has yet to announce a release date. Watch our video chat below: