Following in the footsteps of his Oscar-winning father, Jonás Cuarón is back in the feature filmmaking game eight years after his 2007 debut “Year of the Nail.” His second feature, “Desierto,” screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and won the Special Presentation Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics.
“Desierto” stars Gael García Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and focuses on a group of Mexicans as their attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexican border are complicated by a vigilante.
“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,” Cuarón said about tackling the project. “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.”
STX Entertainment picked up the thriller earlier this year and will release it on March 4, 2016.