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A group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a man who has taken border patrol duties into his own hands after his loyal dog was killed.

Desierto is a 2015 Mexican-French thriller film co-written and directed by Jonás Cuarón. The film stars Gael García Bernal (also executive producer) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It was shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations, and was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

‘A thriller that happens to be wrapped in political packaging.’ Los Angeles Times

‘Compelling performances come from both Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan with Morgan being the real stand-out here.’ Behind the Lens

‘A powerful, timely exercise in stomach churning suspense.’ Spectrum Culture


Mexican Cinema Journalists 2017 Winner of the Silver Goddess for Best First Work (Ópera Prima)

Toronto International Film Festival 2015 Winner of the International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI) - Special Presentations awarded to Jonás Cuarón

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