Gael Garcia Bernal has high hopes for Oscar nod

19th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Mexican movie star Gael Garcia Bernal is hoping his new film Desierto scores an Oscars Best Foreign Film nod, because it will do wonders for the indie movie.

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Desierto has been selected as Mexico's entry for the category, and Bernal has high hopes the film will be one of the five nominated early next year (17).

"The foreign film is a wonderful category," he tells WENN. "It's 75 films from all over the world and there's only a place for five of them.

"It is a very competitive category, so just getting nominated would create such a difference for this movie. It's a great platform for films to be seen much more so it would be incredible to have that."

And his director, Jonas Cuaron, is thrilled film bosses in Mexico have chosen to support the movie, which also features Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a violent and racist customs official trying to prevent illegal immigrants crossing the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

"I was very excited when the Mexican Academy selected this year to represent this movie in the race to the Oscars (sic)." he says. "The movie already opened in Mexico and France and was already well received by the audience and to now have the Mexican industry also embrace it, I'm very excited."

Bernal and Cuaron already had a history before filming on Desierto began - the director's father, Alfonso Cuaron, was the man behind hit 2001 movie Y Tu Mama Tambien, which was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Alfonso went on to claim Oscars gold as a director for Sandra Bullock's space drama Gravity.

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