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Guest DJ: Gael García Bernal's Music Diaries

by Jasmine Garsd
Feb 8, 2012

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Several years ago, when I decided to become a journalist, I hung this saying above my office computer: "Unless you are absolutely sure that there is life after death, this is the only chance you get to prove your humanity."

Actor and director Gael Garca Bernal's work certainly embodies that quote. He exploded onto the Latin American film scene in 2000 with the now classic Amores Perros, and a year later achieved international recognition with Y Tu Mam Tambin. Since then, the films he's worked on have shown a commitment to artistry, and tend to be thoughtful, profound commentaries on the state of Latin America and Latinos today. His vision is apparent in his acting (in award-winning movies like The Motorcycle Diaries, about the life of Ernesto "Che" Guevara) and in the works he produces (Sin Nombre is a personal favorite, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming Who Is Dayani Crystal? with bated breath).

The other thing that unifies all of Bernal's work is amazing soundtracks — which is why we invited him to join us on this week's Alt.Latino. He works with renowned artists like Gustavo Santaolalla, Molotov, Julieta Venegas and Caf Tacvba, while at the same time providing a platform for yet undiscovered artists who deserve a chance. In the words of Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras, Bernal's films call to mind those of Mexican cinema's "Epoca De Oro" (Golden Age), and have redefined Latin American cinema to be synonymous with excellent soundtracks.

Bernal joined us this week to share some of his favorite new bands, discuss how he is involved in the musical selections for his films and answer the million dollar question: How did he prepare to sing his ranchera-themed cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" for the movie Rudo Y Cursi?

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Esta Semana En Alt.Latino: Invitado Especial Gael Garca Bernal

Hace varios aos, cuando decid que lo mio era el periodismo, colgu el siguiente refrn en mi oficina: "A menos que ests absolutamente seguro que existe la vida despus de la muerte, sta es la nica oportunidad que tienes para demostrar tu humanidad."

El trabajo de Gael Garca Bernal parece abrazar este concepto. Se hizo conocer en el cine latinoamericano con Amores Perros, un verdadero clsico desde su estreno en el 2000. Un ao despus, recibi reconocimiento internacional por su actuacin en Y Tu Mam Tambin. Desde entonces, sus pelculas han demostrado un gran compromiso artstico y profundos comentarios acerca de la realidad de Amrica Latina y de los latinos en Estados Unidos. Esta visin se ve claramente en su actuacin en Diarios De Motocicleta, una biografa sobre la vida de Ernesto "Che" Guevara, pero tambin en los proyectos que ha decidido producir, tales como Sin Nombre y Los Invisibles

Todas las pelculas de Bernal tienen bandas sonoras espectaculares. Trabaja con artistas de renombre como Gustavo Santaolalla, Molotov, Julieta Venegas y Caf Tacvba, pero a la vez colabora con msicos que no son conocidos, pero merecen ser descubiertos

Gael nos habla est semana desde su casa en Buenos Aires, contndonos sobre sus nuevos artistas favoritos, como elige la msica para sus pelculas y la pregunta del milln: A quin se le ocurri la cancin "Quiero Que Me Quieras" de Rudo Y Cursi?

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