Magazine article Variety

Heat, Light, and Dogs Help Define Jonás Cuarón's 'Desierto'

Magazine article Variety

Heat, Light, and Dogs Help Define Jonás Cuarón's 'Desierto'

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FAMILY FRIENDLY

Cuarón's inspiration came during a trip to Arizona when he heard hateful rhetoric toward immigrants. When he formed the film's concept, he turned to his father, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón, for advice. "My dad became really interested in the idea of nonstop action intertwined with visual metaphors. It was important to create a narrative that turned the migrant into a hero. In many ways, they are the real modern hero."

HARSH CONDITIONS

"Desierto" tells the tale of Moises (Gael García Bernal) and a group of men and women who encounter a merciless vigilante (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as they attempt to cross the treacherous desert terrain at the U.S.-Mexico border. "The desert plays a role in the film, with one the themes being the juxtaposition of characters and their actions with the landscape," says Jonás Cuarón of the Baja California Sur shoot. The location, well-suited for the story, was nevertheless a logistical nightmare. Crew members had to drive hours to get there, and there was no infrastructure and little available shooting time once they arrived. "We had to film complicated action sequences without many hours of light, because temperatures quickly reached over 100 degrees," Cuarón says. …

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