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After working as an actor in his native Mexico since childhood, GAEL GARCIA BERNAL (Victor) made his feature film debut in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Academy Award-nominated "Amores Perros.”His breakthrough performance in the universally acclaimed film earned him a Silver Ariel Award (Mexico's equivalent of the Oscar) as well as a Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, both as Best Actor.

Mr. Bernal's next film role was in another globally celebrated feature, Alfonso Cuáron's Academy Award-nominated "Y Tu Mamá También”, starring opposite his lifelong friend Diego Luna. For their performances, the two friends were jointly voted the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice International Film Festival.

He subsequently starred in the title role of Carlos Carrera's Academy Award-nominated romantic drama "El Crimen del padre Amaro [The Crime of Father Amaro].” His performance earned him the Silver Goddess Award for Best Actor from the Mexican Cinema Journalists, as well as a nomination from the Chicago Film Critics Association for Most Promising Performer.

The year 2004, proved to be a breakthrough year for him. He starred in Focus Features' "The Motorcycle Diaries” directed by the award-winning Brazilian director, Walter Salles. He received rave reviews for his portrayal of the young Che Guevara out of both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. The film earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards and was honored by the Motion Picture Club as the Male Star of Tomorrow. Then, in November audiences saw him in the critically acclaimed "La mala educacíon [Bad Education]” helmed by famed Spanish director Pedro Aldomovar. In the film, he took on the challenge of playing three complex characters.

Later that year, Mr. Bernal made his London stage debut as the principal character in Federico Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding.” Then, he returned to the big screen in James Marsh's independent drama, "The King,” in which he starred alongside William Hurt as a young man who returns home after being discharged from the Navy.

Following "The King¸” Mr. Bernal starred in Michel Gondry's "Science of Sleep” where he played Stéphane Miroux, a man entranced by his own dreams and imagination. Continuing with his busy schedule, Mr. Bernal costarred with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in "Babel.” The film, directed by Alejandro González Inárritu, received multiple critics awards, seven Oscar nominations, and won the Golden Globe for Best Feature Film – Drama.

Soon after, Mr. Bernal was seen in Hector Babenco's film "El Pasado.” The thriller centers around Bernal's character, whose ex-wife harasses both he and his new love interests. Soon after, Mr. Bernal filmed Carlos Cúaron's dramatic comedy "Rudo y Cursí” and "Blindness” with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo.

In addition to acting, Mr. Bernal has taken on the roles of both director and producer. He made his directorial debut with "Déficit.” Based on the TV project Ruta 32, which Bernal also produces, "Déficit” is about two families from different social classes that come together at a family reunion in Mexico.

Next up, Mr. Bernal was seen in "Mammoth” starring alongside Michelle Williams and directed by Lukas Moodysson. He just wrapped production on "Earthbound,” directed by Nicole Kassell and starring opposite Kate Hudson. Also in 2009, Mr. Bernal was seen in "Limits of Control” with Tilda Swinton and directed by Jim Jarmusch

Mr. Bernal also founded the production company Canana, with his close friend, actor Diego Luna and producer Pablo Cruz. Canana was established in order to both further the awareness of the popularity of Mexican Cinema and to prove that Mexican Independent films can find local audiences as well.

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