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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #12: Rodrigo Garcia’s ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Has Ewan McGregor Taking on Jesus

Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #12: Rodrigo Garcia's 'Last Days in the Desert' Has Ewan McGregor Taking on Jesus

Colombian director Rodrigo Garcia has directed a variety of independent films, including the award-winning “Nine Lives “; the three-time Academy Award-nominated feature “Albert Nobbs, ” starring Glenn Close; and “Mother and Child, ” starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2000, his first film as a writer and director, “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” won the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His Sundance film “Last Days in the Desert” stars Ewan McGregor as Jesus Christ.

What it’s about:
After several weeks fasting and praying in the wilderness, Jesus meets a family that lives in the desert, and becomes entangled in their problems.

What it’s really about:
 The influence of fathers on sons, and the sons’ struggles to make their own life.

Biggest challenge:
The low budget was challenging, but I will admit that only with some embarrassment, since I’m sure it was bigger than most films at Sundance.

Any films inspire you?
Most recently, “Ida” and “Under the Skin.” 

Cameras used: Alexa

Did you crowdfund?
No. The money was raised by producers Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis and Wicks Walker, and bless them for that.

Hopes for Sundance audience take-away:
Anything that resonates with them personally.

What’s next?
I hope I can continue to make personal and improbable movies.

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2014 festival. For profiles go HERE. Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2015 festival. For profiles go HERE.

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