Currently starring in the Oscar-nominated No, about Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, Gael Garcia Bernal is one of the best Mexico’s best acting exports. He has acted in some of the best films of the past decade, and continues to surprise us with his versatility. Next year he is due to star in Zorro Reborn, where he will play the lead role, but what’s behind his mask? What don’t you know about this handsome Mexican? Read on to find out.
Following Tony Manero and Post Mortem, No forms the final chapter in Chilean director Pablo Larrain’s trilogy of films woven through Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year reign. Appropriately, it details the final moment of the dictatorship when the 1988 referendum yielded a victory for the opposition, and signalled the end of nearly two decades of oppression and violence. Telling the story from within the opposition, Larrain wryly addresses the fickle nature of politics via the hugely popular ‘No’ campaign, fought with slick advertising and broad appeal.