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Sheeping with the Enemy: STX Entertainment Points Gun at Cuarón’s “Desierto”

Winner of the Special Presentation Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics, finally the household name of Cuarón made certain that this did not get lost in the TIFF shuffle. Now it’s got a big player in the distribution game to back it. Following his directorial debut (Year of the Nail), Variety reports that Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto has been picked up by STX Entertainment. More than likely, this will become a 2016 release.

Gist: Written by Cuarón and Mateo García, starring Gael García Bernal, this centers on a group of Mexicans whose attempts to cross the border into the United States are complicated by a shotgun-wielding vigilante (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Worth Noting: Cinematographer Damián García’s big critical break came with the work he did on the film prior to this, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Güeros (read review). They’ll be collaborating once again on Museo.

Do We Care?: With Cartel Land, Western, Sicario and now this, we’re still not bored with the cross (U.S.-Mexico) border conflicts.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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