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Mexican talent continues to break it everywhere, as two of the most important figures in current cinema in our country will seek to triumph in the next edition of the Berlinale.
There is no doubt that Mexican cinema is going through a spectacular period, perhaps one of the best in its entire history, since spectacular films are being made in our country that are gaining worldwide recognition. Such is the case of Alonso Ruizpalacios and Gael García Bernal, who will seek to win the top prize at the Berlinale 2024.
This January 22, The Berlin International Film Festival announced with great fanfare the films that are part of its official selection for this yearwhich will take place from February 15 to 25 and therefore, They are in competition to win the Golden Bearthe most important award offered by this large space for the seventh art.
Alonso Ruizpalacios and Gael García Bernal lead the Berlinale 2024
And although there are several films that sound interesting on the Berlinale 2024 list, there are two in particular that excite us very much. The first is The Kitchenthe new production by Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios and which stars none other than Rooney Mara alongside Raúl Briones Carmona.
The second is Another End by the Italian filmmaker Piero Messina (known for his film The Wait), which has the participation of Gael García Bernal himself in the main role. So as you will see, there is a lot of national representation within this edition of the Berlin International Film Festival.
The relationship between Alonso Ruizpalacios and the Berlinale is not new, Well, he came to this space for the first time in 2014 with Güeros, for 2018 he returned with Museum along with Gael García Bernal himself, which earned him the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and In the 2021 edition, he won the same award for his artistic contribution with A police movie.
And to all this, what are the movies about?
The kitchen It is the most recent work of Alonso Ruizpalacios, which for the first time in his career, took him to film outside of Mexico. On this occasion, The filmmaker went to New York to adapt the play of the same name by playwright Arnold Wesker, which was brought to the screen. big in 1961 but did not have the expected impact.
In his new project co-produced between Mexico and the United States, Ruizpalacios tells us a peculiar love story set in the kitchen of a Manhattan restaurant where several migrants live together, who realize that money is missing from the till. Mara plays an American waitress named Julia, who falls in love with the main suspect, an undocumented Mexican cook, Pedro (Raúl Briones). The rest of the cast of this film is completed by names such as Anna Díaz, Motell Foster and Oded Fehr.
Meanwhile, Another End starring Gael García Bernal and where he shares the star with the Norwegian actress Renate Reinsive, is a science fiction film whose story centers on Sal, a man whose wife dies, but thanks to the use of technology, He partners with a woman who rents her body in which the memory and consciousness of her deceased partner are temporarily implanted.
As if the participation of García Bernal and Reinsive were not enough, The cast of Piero Messina’s film is completed by names such as Bérénice Bejo, Olivia Williams and Pal Aron. And definitely, the competition between these productions to see who wins the Golden Bear at the Berlinale is going to be good, but they are not the only ones who want to win the top prize.
The other films that will also be present at the Berlinale 2024
In addition to The kitchen by Alonso Ruizpalacios and Another End with Gael García Bernal, the Berlinale 2024 has in its selection some interesting films that are in the official competition. One of them is Small Things Like Thesethe new film starring Cillian Murphy that will open the festival, From Hilde With Love by German director Andreas Dresen either A Different Man by Aaron Schimberg with Sebastian Stan.
However, outside of seeking the Golden Bear, There are other titles that will have their world premiere or special screenings at this edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. As Spaceman with Adam Sandler, Carey Mulligan and Paul Dano; Love Lies Bleeding by Kristen Stewart; Cuckoo starring Hunter Schafer; Seven Veils with Amanda Seyfried in the lead role and Sasquatch Sunset headed by Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg.
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