Tribeca Film Festival Spotlight: "Rudo y Cursi"

Rudo y Cursi premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last night and Carlos Cuaron's directorial debut is definitely worth the hype. Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal come together for the first time since Y Tu Mama Tambien to star in this film about soccer, brotherhood and fate. In the movie, Bernal and Luna get to play against cast with Luna playing the role of rough and ready Rudo, and Bernal playing the role of sweetly naive Cursi.

The story follows two brothers who get a taste of fame and glory when they are recruited from their small village to play in the major soccer league of Mexico City. Unfortunate choices soon derail their rags to riches story and the brothers are forced to handle the consequences. We spoke to Gael, Diego and Carlos to find out how it felt to work together and to be releasing the first major movie under Cha Cha Cha films, a production company started by Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu and Carlos' brother Alfonso.

So, what was it like to work together again?

Gael: Very fun. It was very nice to work together again, no?

Diego: Was it? (laughs)

Gael: We’ve been putting up a production company called Canana and also we have a documentary film festival in Mexico called Ambulante and it travels around several cities in Mexico.

Diego: It was nice to be just actors, you know? It’s kind of nice to just think about that and be there to just create stuff.

Carlos: That very strange chemistry that is between the two of them—that complicity, you can not get with years of rehearsal. It is something that they just have together. So, it’s great because they can create that brotherly dynamic easily.

In the film a lot of the tension revolves around a penalty kick and I know you guys are really competitive when it comes to futbol. Who would win in a penalty kick?

Diego: In a penalty kick? Definitely Gael, because I am the worst goal keeper. But I can tell you one thing, sometimes because of luck and sometimes because I am a better player, I score more goals than Gael.

Gael: It’s true, statistics say that. But you know, who gives him the passes?

Diego: Oh yeah, now he’s going to say that.

Gael: Who puts in the work? No, really, you can’t get competitive because it’s stupid. It’s the same as in film and acting, it’s all about sharing.

Tell us about the song and music video in the film, "Quiero Que Me Quieras."

Carlos: The soundtrack was a big hit, and “Quiero que me Queiras” became also a big hit. Especially the ringtone downloads. And people are singing it on the street. The social impact it has created is fun and weird. I knew that that could happen but when it happens it’s like “Oh—sorry!”

Gael: It was very fun to sing with the character’s voice. It’s a style that's called “un-singing” yet the style is full of a certain thing.

Diego: I don’t think I wanted the chance for you to sing. If I had to choose I would say no, people don’t deserve this.

Gael: Actually the song is better known now than the film. It is related to the film so hopefully the people who like the song or find it funny will see the film. I never thought it was going to be like this and I don’t think I have any plans on recording something.

Diego: “I don’t think” you see? “I don’t think!”

Gael: I don’t think this is the right time.

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