Mexican multi-hyphenates Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna are launching film and TV production firm La Corriente del Golfo now that they have split from Canana, the firm they co-founded with producer Pablo Cruz 14 years ago.
The duo’s new Mexico City-based outfit will be run by Paula Amor, who previously served as Director of Media and Institutional Relations at the Morelia International Film Festival, and as Director of Communications at the Fenix Film Awards. First projects include Chicuarotes, a film directed by García Bernal, and Canneseries-bound thriller Aquí En La Tierra, by Gael García Bernal and Kyzza Terrazas.
Chicuarotes is the second feature directed by The Motorcycle Diaries star García Bernal. Scripted by Augusto Mendoza, the Spanish-language movie is currently in post after wrapping earlier this year in Mexico City. It follows two young friends who, in their desperation to leave the pueblo, get caught up in the nefarious activities of adults.
Garcia Bernal said, “La Corriente del Golfo [the Gulf Stream in English] is an ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and travels all the way to the North Atlantic, allowing for a temperate climate –and, without which, there’d be Arctic tundra. We take up the symbol of this global current to emphasize that liberty–in all its meanings–should flow as freely as an ocean current.
“The working and personal friendship that Diego and I have shared since the beginning of our lives flows from this same sense of liberty. Through this company we will undertake all projects with a sense of shared friendship and the strong impetus to better the world in which we live.”
Added Rogue One and Narcos star Luna, “The beauty of telling stories for a living is that we are constantly reflected in them and simultaneously forging our own. Today we announce another effort to tell the stories that we wish to hear. Thanks to the friendship we have always shared, Gael and I are undertaking a new path that is one of creative freedom and shared ideals. From Mexico, we will allow ourselves to be carried by this new current to wherever our stories and new associations may take us.”