Jonás Cuarón is following in the footsteps of his Oscar winning father and taking to the director’s chair once more for the suspenseful feature “Desierto.” Boasting Alfonso Cuarón as executive producer and featuring the cat-and-mouse pairing of Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gael García Bernal, the drama paints a bleak portrait of the U.S.-Mexican Border as an American vigilante hunts for illegal immigrants trying to make their way into the country.
The official synopsis reads: “What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there’s nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.”
“Desierto” first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2015, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations, and has been selected as Mexico’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the upcoming Academy Awards. The film is Cuarón’s first feature film since his 2007 debut “Year of the Nail.” He directed the 2014 short film “Aningaaq,” which had a story that tied into his father’s space epic “Gravity.”
STX Entertainment will release the film in theaters October 14. Watch the heart-pounding new trailer below: