Gael Garcia Bernal

Gael Garcia Bernal

After working as an actor in his native Mexico since childhood, Gael García Bernal made his feature film debut in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Academy Award-nominated Amores perros. Gael Garcia Bernal's breakthrough performance in the universally acclaimed film earned him a Silver Ariel Award (Mexico's equivalent of the Oscar) as well as a Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, both as Best Actor.



Some interesting facts on Gael Garcia Bernal is that the next film role was in another globally celebrated feature, Alfonso Cuáron's Academy Award-nominated Y Tu Mamá También, starring opposite his lifelong friend Diego Luna. For their performances, Gael Garcia Bernal and Alfonso Cuáron were jointly voted the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Some other interesting facts on Gael Garcia Bernal is that he subsequently starred in the title role of Carlos Carrera's Academy Award-nominated romantic drama El Crimen del padre Amaro [The Crime of Father Amaro]. Gael Garcia Bernal's performance earned him the Silver Goddess Award for Best Actor from the Mexican Cinema Journalists, as well as a nomination from the Chicago Film Critics Association for Most Promising Performer. Gael Garcia Bernal can also be seen starring this year in Pedro Almodóvar's La mala educacíon [Bad Education]. He next begins work on James Marsh's independent feature The King.

Gael Garcia Bernal plays the part of the leading character, Ernesto Che Guevara, in the award-winning film of The Motorcycle Diaries. In January 1952, Ernesto (played by Gael García Bernal) is a 23-year-old medical student specializing in leprology. In the movie based on a true story, Ernesto Che Guevara and his companion, Alberto Granado pile onto Alberto's motorcycle as it carries them farther and farther away from familiar and comfortable Buenos Aires surroundings, to surprising and exciting destinations. Over the course of eight months and 8,000 miles, what starts out as a lark becomes a profound journey of discovery, not only of themselves but of a continent filled with infinite sorrow - and infinite hope.