Gael Garcia has not forgotten Latin America

He has walked a long way since his first movie until today but he feels himself Latin American  like the first day. 

Gael García Bernal was not sure that being an actor was his was his thing after his third film. Before, he used to see it as an experience he didn’t want, to travel and explore the world. The first time I visited San Sebastian was to present Amores perros; many projects have passed since that September 2000. This 64th edition of the festival the actor, director and Mexican producer came to collect the prize -mark Jaeger-LeCoultre and said he was unable to pronunciate- the Latino cinema. "From there, they should think about changing the name, to make it easier," he jokes. And received an honorary award in its first edition is a distinction that has some "count, of course" and in this context San Sebastian is a main point, "he has the perfect measure."

It was then when he made contact with the film world in Spain and Argentina. When he looks back in time and reviews his work he confesses himself proud of Ambulante, the documentary festival that takes the genre to every corner of Mexico. He says that this was "one of the thousands of projects that poses one in youth and it really worked." Currently 100,000 people in Mexico are documentaries, thanks to this initiative. Bernal defended the documentary as the genre that is done, the bravest and most necessary, that raised "important questions necessary, uncomfortable". Film for him is like his big family, this space where deep friendships are created and solidarity. As a "kind of brotherhood" in which all help and care to survive. The actor recalled the friendship he has with his countrymen Alfonso Cuarón or Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. He argues that cinema in Latin America has much room to grow. They are the stories and filmmakers; what is needed is "to grow to compete, the solution is that our films are seen in our countries." He adds that more aggressive in spreading cultural policy Latino films is needed for that. "Only then can we venture to make incredible stories, because when you go to film in English is no longer an act of faith and becomes a product."

He also recalled that the film industry has changed a lot. In that sense misses the rigor that has been lost with the digital age, but is aware that these technological advances have democratized realization. "When I came here with my first job about six films were made in that year in Mexico, and today the reality is very different."

At the awards ceremony Latino Film Award, Gael García delivered a short but very emotional, full of reflections and moral claims social discourse. He dedicated the award to Latin America and put aside the pages of his speech to read the poem by Pablo Neruda, America did not invoke your name in vain, prompting applause from the audience. Mexico is also in Donostia to present Neruda, Pablo Larrain film and was screened after the ceremony. Chilean director highlighted the great capacity of Garcia as an actor, his power, his "mystery". "You will put a camera Gael and you never know what will happen."

The gala ended with Gael García Bernal very grateful to his family that "taught to pull the car." With his father, who taught him to read; with her stepfather who showed him the film and with his grandmother who raised him in everything else and Larrain "to restore joy of cinema." (I) Ethan Hawke: "Cinema is my religion" Ethan Hawke, this modern cowboy presented Magnificent Seven excited and received his prize at the Kursaal. Much can be said of the actor, writer and director Ethan Hawke (Austin, Texas, 1970) and that already is part of the long list of Donostia Prize. "Cinema is my religion. For me cinema is the church that I have chosen and festivals like this are sacred institutions. We are here to reaffirm our faith, love and hope in the power of cinema.

The film is not restricted by borders, it does not belong to anyone and can reach everyone. The more we share stories, the better we understand each other and wound healing is possible, "he said. In the press conference before the gala Hawke said he learned that the key to success is "not destroy yourself. I remember being very young and realize that in this profession, if you fail to destroy yourself, have enough self-control, options to succeed and fully develop your talents are maximized. " Actor Club Dead poets presented out of competition his latest film, a remake of The Magnificent Seven western directed by Antoine Fuqua with whom he worked in Training Day and Brooklyn's. Ethan Hawke acknowledged that this type of blockbusters interested him when he was younger "but now I think if you can do it with talented front as Denzel Washington, whom he considers one of the greatest actors of our time have much to gain." "It's not about how much money behind a project, the good thing is that we could make our own movie," he said.

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