Gael García Bernal, who was named one of the 25 best actors of the 21st century by the American media The New York Times Last week, he turned 42 today, so we will celebrate it by remembering the films that led him to fame and to be one of the benchmarks of Mexican cinema.
The native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, was born on November 30, 1978, and began his television career to debut with a feature film in the cinema in 2000, for ffinally become the actor that we all know today.
The start of his career
The beginning of Gael García Bernal’s career was on the small screen, participating in telenovelas such as Teresa (1989) or Grandpa and I (1992) during his adolescence, and his good performances led him to venture into the cinema with a short film.
In 1996, García Bernal played Martín in De tripas, corazón, a short film directed by Antonio Urrutia that told the story of a teenager, who falls in love with a sex worker from the town. This short film was nominated for the 1997 Oscars in the Best Short Film category. This earned García Bernal for what was to come in his career.
The movies that made him famous
After guts, heart, awarded the Ariel Award for Best Fiction Short Film by the Ariel, García Bernal did not go unnoticed in the world of cinema, since film directors such as Alejandro González Iñarritu and Alfonso Cuarón They already had him ‘between an eye and an eyebrow’, which led him to participate in films that would become landmarks of Mexican culture.
The first feature film of Gael garcia would have as director Alejandro González Iñarritu in a film that tells three sub-stories of characters who never know each other but who are in a relationship after a car accident: Amores Perros. In the role of Octavio, García Bernal would star in the film and together they would achieve awards such as Best Film, Best Actor (Gael) and Best Direction (González Iñarritu) at the Ariel Award and a nomination for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars.
And Your Mother Too
After other appearances in television and cinema, García Bernal co-starred alongside Diego Luna, And your mother too, a film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and that it would soon obtain international recognition, reflected in an Oscar nomination in the category of Best Original Screenplay.
The crime of Father Amaro
Just a year later García Bernal starred in The Crime of Father Amaro, a film adaptation where Amaro, a young church father, discovers the illicit businesses in which church characters are involved. At the 2002 Oscars, it would be nominated for Best Film in a Non-English Language; and in 2003, the Ariel Awards would recognize it as Best Picture.
Other films by García Bernal
Besides these, Gael Garcia Bernal He was involved in multiple plays during his early career on the big screen, and you’ve surely seen more than one as part of his birthday. Here we leave you a list so that you can start organizing your marathon.
Cerebro by Andrés León Becker, 2001Private Lives of Fito Páez, 2001No Noticias de Dios by Agustín Díaz Tanez, 2001I am with Lucy by Jon Sherman, 2002Dot the I by Matthew Parkhill, 2003Sangre de Cuba by Juan Gerard, 2003Motorcycle Diaries by Walter Salles, 2004 The bad education of Pedro Almodóvar, 2004 The King by James Marsh, 2005 Babel by Alejandro González Iñarritu, 2006
Which one do you need to see?