Gael García Bernal

​García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, the son of Patricia Bernal, an actress and former model, and José Angel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is Sergio Yazbek, whom his mother married when García Bernal was young. He started acting at just a year old and spent most of his teen years starring in telenovelas. Gael studied the International Baccalaureate, with chemistry being unquestionably his favorite subject. When he was fourteen, he taught indigenous peoples in Mexico to read, often working with the Huichol Indians. In his later teens, he took part in peaceful demonstrations during the Chiapas uprisingof 1994.

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Amores Perros (2000)

Depressing

A fatalistic car crash in Mexico City sets off a chain of events in the lives of three persons: a young man aching to run off with his sister-in-law, a supermodel, and a homeless man. Their lives are catapulted into unforeseen circumstances instigated by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Vanessa Bauche  •  Goya Toledo  •  Álvaro Guerrero

A fatalistic car crash in Mexico City sets off a chain of events in the lives of three persons: a young man aching to run off with his sister-in-law, a supermodel, and a homeless man. Their lives are catapulted into unforeseen circumstances instigated by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Vanessa Bauche  •  Goya Toledo  •  Álvaro Guerrero

Babel (2006)

Thought provokingIntenseDramatic

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Rinko Kikuchi

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alejandro González Iñárritu
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Rinko Kikuchi

Bad Education (2004)

Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are followed through ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Fele Martínez  •  Daniel Giménez Cacho  •  Lluís Homar

Two children, Ignacio and Enrique, know love, the movies and fear in a religious school at the beginning of the 1960s. Father Manolo, director of the school and its professor of literature, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three are followed through ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Fele Martínez  •  Daniel Giménez Cacho  •  Lluís Homar

Don't Tempt Me (2001)

Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agustín Díaz Yanes
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Victoria Abril  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Demián Bichir

Two angels, one from the heaven and one from the hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Agustín Díaz Yanes
CAST:  Penélope Cruz  •  Victoria Abril  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Demián Bichir

Dreaming of Julia (2003)

The year is 1958, and in Holguín, Cuba, a boy's world is about to change forever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juan Gerard
CAST:  Harvey Keitel  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Iben Hjejle  •  Diana Bracho

The year is 1958, and in Holguín, Cuba, a boy's world is about to change forever.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juan Gerard
CAST:  Harvey Keitel  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Iben Hjejle  •  Diana Bracho

The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)

The young Father Amaro is put to the test. He is sent to Mexico to help take care of aging Father Benito when he meets a 16-year-old girl that he begins and affair with. It turns out the girls mother had been having an affair with Father Benito. Father Amaro must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlos Carrera
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Ana Claudia Talancón  •  Sancho Gracia  •  Angélica Aragón

The young Father Amaro is put to the test. He is sent to Mexico to help take care of aging Father Benito when he meets a 16-year-old girl that he begins and affair with. It turns out the girls mother had been having an affair with Father Benito. Father Amaro must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carlos Carrera
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Ana Claudia Talancón  •  Sancho Gracia  •  Angélica Aragón

The King (2005)

A motiveless malignancy? Elvis leaves the Navy and heads for Texas where he contacts his father, whom he's never met, the pastor at a Christian community church. Pastor Dave tells Elvis to stay away and, without telling his family that Elvis is his son from a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  William Hurt  •  Pell James  •  Paul Dano

A motiveless malignancy? Elvis leaves the Navy and heads for Texas where he contacts his father, whom he's never met, the pastor at a Christian community church. Pastor Dave tells Elvis to stay away and, without telling his family that Elvis is his son from a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  William Hurt  •  Pell James  •  Paul Dano

The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

Thought provokingAdventurous

Based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he and best friend Alberto Granado had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Salles
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Rodrigo de la Serna  •  Mercedes Morán  •  Mía Maestro

Based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he and best friend Alberto Granado had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Salles
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Rodrigo de la Serna  •  Mercedes Morán  •  Mía Maestro

The Science of Sleep (2006)

BeautifulFantasticalWeirdCharming

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Charlotte Gainsbourg  •  Miou-Miou  •  Alain Chabat

A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Charlotte Gainsbourg  •  Miou-Miou  •  Alain Chabat

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Cuarón
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Diego Luna  •  Ana López Mercado  •  Maribel Verdú

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Cuarón
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Diego Luna  •  Ana López Mercado  •  Maribel Verdú

Fidel (2002)

Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Attwood
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Víctor Huggo Martin  •  Patricia Velásquez  •  Cecilia Suárez

Fidel Castro rises to power in Cuba.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Attwood
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Víctor Huggo Martin  •  Patricia Velásquez  •  Cecilia Suárez

Dot the I (2003)

Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems. Carmen, a beautiful Spanish woman with a tendency to lose her temper at the drop of a hat, is about to be married to Barnaby, a caring, wealthy, but slightly boring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Parkhill
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Natalia Verbeke  •  James D'Arcy  •  Tom Hardy

Young lovers in London are wrapped up in a love triangle that may not be exactly what it seems. Carmen, a beautiful Spanish woman with a tendency to lose her temper at the drop of a hat, is about to be married to Barnaby, a caring, wealthy, but slightly boring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Parkhill
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Natalia Verbeke  •  James D'Arcy  •  Tom Hardy

Letters to Juliet (2010)

RomanticInspiringEnjoyableMindless

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Winick
CAST:  Amanda Seyfried  •  Marcia DeBonis  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Giordano Formenti

An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Winick
CAST:  Amanda Seyfried  •  Marcia DeBonis  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Giordano Formenti

Revolución (2010)

Made up of 10 short films, 'Revolucion' analyzes through the eyes of the directors what is the revolution today and what it means to the young minds of Mexico.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Diego Luna  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Fernando Eimbcke  •  Amat Escalante  •  Carlos Reygadas  •  Patricia Riggen  •  Rodrigo Plá  •  Rodrigo García  •  Gerardo Naranjo  •  Mariana Chenillo
CAST:  Adriana Barraza  •  Mónica Bejarano  •  Ari Brickman  •  Yolanda Abbud L.

Made up of 10 short films, 'Revolucion' analyzes through the eyes of the directors what is the revolution today and what it means to the young minds of Mexico.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Diego Luna  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Fernando Eimbcke  •  Amat Escalante  •  Carlos Reygadas  •  Patricia Riggen  •  Rodrigo Plá  •  Rodrigo García  •  Gerardo Naranjo  •  Mariana Chenillo
CAST:  Adriana Barraza  •  Mónica Bejarano  •  Ari Brickman  •  Yolanda Abbud L.

The Past (2007)

After 12 years, Sofía and Rímini decided to separate. While Rímini finds it easy to move on and start a new life, Sofía stays stuck in the past and constantly harasses him. She reappears again and again on Rímini's horizon to reconquer him, torture him or redeem him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Héctor Babenco
CAST:  Mabi Abele  •  Mariana Anghileri  •  Analía Couceyro  •  Mimí Ardú

After 12 years, Sofía and Rímini decided to separate. While Rímini finds it easy to move on and start a new life, Sofía stays stuck in the past and constantly harasses him. She reappears again and again on Rímini's horizon to reconquer him, torture him or redeem him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Héctor Babenco
CAST:  Mabi Abele  •  Mariana Anghileri  •  Analía Couceyro  •  Mimí Ardú

De tripas, corazón (1996)

The coming-of-age story of young milkboy Martín (García Bernal). While his friends Jesús (Altomaro) and Roberto (Mora) are cocky and apparently they have a lot of experience in sex, young Martín is shy, quiet and virgin. Everything changes when the young cocky boys ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonio Urrutia
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Elpidia Carrillo  •  Martín Altomaro  •  Moisés Iván Mora

The coming-of-age story of young milkboy Martín (García Bernal). While his friends Jesús (Altomaro) and Roberto (Mora) are cocky and apparently they have a lot of experience in sex, young Martín is shy, quiet and virgin. Everything changes when the young cocky boys ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonio Urrutia
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Elpidia Carrillo  •  Martín Altomaro  •  Moisés Iván Mora

Rosewater (2014)

In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped interview with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Stewart
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo  •  Jason Jones  •  Haluk Bilginer

In 2009, Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was covering Iran's volatile elections for Newsweek. One of the few reporters living in the country with access to US media, he made an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a taped interview with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Stewart
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Shohreh Aghdashloo  •  Jason Jones  •  Haluk Bilginer

The Eye on the Nape (2001)

This is the story of Pablo, a young uruguayan exiled in México, whose father was disappeared during the military dictatorship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo Plá
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Evangelina Sosa  •  Daniel Hendler  •  Walter Reyno

This is the story of Pablo, a young uruguayan exiled in México, whose father was disappeared during the military dictatorship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodrigo Plá
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Evangelina Sosa  •  Daniel Hendler  •  Walter Reyno

No (2012)

In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the ‘No’ vote ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pablo Larraín
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Alfredo Castro  •  Néstor Cantillana  •  Luis Gnecco

In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the ‘No’ vote ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pablo Larraín
CAST:  Gael García Bernal  •  Alfredo Castro  •  Néstor Cantillana  •  Luis Gnecco

The Loneliest Planet (2011)

Backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains, walking for hours, an engaged couple and their tour guide trade anecdotes and play games to pass the time, until a momentary misstep, that takes only two or three seconds, changes everything.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julia Loktev
CAST:  Hani Furstenberg  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Bidzina Gujabidze

Backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains, walking for hours, an engaged couple and their tour guide trade anecdotes and play games to pass the time, until a momentary misstep, that takes only two or three seconds, changes everything.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julia Loktev
CAST:  Hani Furstenberg  •  Gael García Bernal  •  Bidzina Gujabidze
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