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CANNES 2007 Critics’ Week

Bernal appointed ambassador

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Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal will be the ambassador of the 46th International Critics’ Week (May 17- 25) at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, whose programme will be unveiled on Thursday April 26.

Following in the footsteps of Ken Loach, Bernardo Bertolucci, Barbet Schroeder, Marin Karmitz, Jacques Rozier, Otar Iosseliani and Gaspard Noé as “patron-special guest-ambassador” of the event, Bernal will also present at Critics’ Week his directorial debut, Deficit, a story depicting privileged post-adolescence and a society poisoned by "classism".

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The 29-year old actor first came to public acclaim for his role in Love’s a Bitch by fellow Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (Grand Prize at 2000 Critics’ Week). Since his sensational start, the actor has been a regular at Cannes, with Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education [+see also:
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(out of competition) and The Motorcycle Diaries [+see also:
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by Brazilian director Walter Salles (in official competition) in 2004, James Marsh’s The King (selected in Un Certain Regard) in 2005, and last year with Babel, again by Iñárritu (competition).

Other films in which the actor has starred include Alfonso Cuaron’s And Your Mother Too, Carlos Carrera’s The Crime of Father Amaro, French helmer Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep [+see also:
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and Hector Babenco’s The Past, currently in post-production.

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(Translated from French)

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