Gael Garcia Bernal in "Who is Dayani Crystal?" (Courtesy Sundance Film Festival)

Gael Garcia Bernal in “Who is Dayani Crystal?” (Courtesy Sundance Film Festival)

Sundance 2013: Gael Garcia Bernal kicks off the festival with two powerful films

Who better to bring attention to the issues of the U.S./Mexico border than the do-it-all (on either side of the border) Mexican actor, producer and director, Gael Garcia Bernal?

The crime drama he produced and starred in, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” kicked off the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah yesterday. It tells the story of a migrant who is found decomposing in the dangerous section of the Sonora desert, known as “the corridor of death.” All that is known of him is a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” The questions border police ask themselves such as “Who is this person?” illustrates the horrors of the U.S. war on immigration.

Bernal is also starring in the Spanish-language film (with English subtitles) “No” (Chile/U.S.A.), premiering today at Sundance. In it, Bernal portrays René Saavedra, a young advertising executive who successfully carries out a campaign in 1988 to overthrow Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Although it is based on factual historical events, it is laced with some fiction.

Director Pablo Larrain is an up-and-coming director in Chile, and his latest film, “No,” has already screened at Cannes, Toronto, and New York.

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