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Kino Lorber Dates Sundance Doc 'Who is Dayani Cristal,' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal (CLIP)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 20, 2014 at 1:21PM

Kino Lorber has dated the Sundance prize-winning doc "Who is Dayani Cristal?," starring Gael Garcia Bernal, who is on a quest to reveal mysteries of the immigration trek into the U.S.
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Gael Garcia Bernal in 'Who is Dayani Cristal?'
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Kino Lorber has dated documentary "Who is Dayani Cristal?," winner of the Sundance 2013 World Cinema documentary award, for theatrical release.

The documentary directed by Marc Silver and written by "doc fixer" Mark Monroe ("The Summit," "Chasing Ice," "The Cove") focuses on the human toll of the U.S. immigration crisis. Starring Mexican actor/activist and Canana producer Gael García Bernal ("Y Tu Mamá También," "No") the film will open on April 25th in New York, followed by a release to select cities nationwide. (My interview with Monroe is here.)

García Bernal traces the steps of one of many workers on the Central American migrant trail who have died in the Arizona border desert known as “the corridor of death.” 

Aided by the forensic examiners of the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, the filmmakers look into the mystery surrounding the death of this unidentified man. During the investigation, Bernal embeds himself among migrant travelers trying to cross the border, witnessing first-hand the dangers they face on their way to the U.S.

The film was produced by London-based Pulse Films, Canana Films, Gael García Bernal, Julián Levin and Pablo Cruz, with support from Impact Partners, Candescent Films, the Ford Foundation and The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Fund.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.