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Desierto is Jonás Cuarón‘s sophomore effort as a filmmaker. The co-writer of Gravity made his directorial debut in 2007 with Year of the Nail, a movie he wrote, produced, shot, co-edited, and did the art design for. He had slightly fewer jobs to do on his second feature, but that doesn’t mean it was less of a challenge to make, thanks to some brutally hot weather.

But harsh weather conditions hardly compares to what the characters in Desierto experience. Cuarón’s lean thriller, which is almost more of a horror movie at times, follows a group of men and women illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, hoping to find better lives in the States. Most of the people Moises (Gael García Bernal) is traveling with are killed at the start of the film by a lone gunman (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a deadly racist who ends up in a game of cat and mouse with Bernal’s character.

Cuarón recently made the time to discuss crafting his thriller with us. Below, read our Jonás Cuarón interview, in which he discusses the film’s unnerving use of sound, a horrific death scene, movies that inspired the thriller, the Zorro film he’s directing, and the significance of Steven Spielberg‘s Duel.

Below, read our Jonás Cuarón interview.

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Gael García Bernal in Desierto

Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s got villainous swagger to spare, as anyone who’s seen his introduction in The Walking Dead can attest. And this fall he’ll put it to good use on the big screen in Desierto.

Produced by Alfonso Cuarón and directed by his son Jonás CuarónDesierto stars Morgan as a gun-toting vigilante who drives out to the U.S.-Mexico border, looking for migrants to use as human target practice. One morning, he sets his sights on a group of border-crossers led by Moises, played by Gael García Bernal, and a tense cat-and-mouse game ensues. Watch the Desierto trailer below.  Read More »

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Is there anything more inherently cinematic than a good old fashioned “cat and mouse” story? One character wants to kill another. That other wants to stay alive at all costs. Put them in an interesting setting, ratchet up the emotional stakes, and watch humanity boil over for two hours or so.

Desierto, the feature directorial debut of Jonás Cuarón, son of Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón, looks familiar and fresh in all of the right ways. The mouse is a Mexican migrant played by Gael Garcia Bernal. The cat is a vigilante with a rifle and a willingness to pull the trigger played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Their maze is the arid desert of the American southwest.

Check out the new Desierto trailer after the jump.

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