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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 102 MIN | 2009

RUDO Y CURSI

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Gael García Bernal (Tato, aka Cursi) and Diego Luna (Beto, aka Rudo) reunite on-screen as a pair of thickheaded stepbrothers who work all day on their family's banana ranch and get their kicks playing on a local soccer team. But when a slickly dressed, smooth-tongued recruiter, played hilariously by Guillermo Francella, eyes them for the big leagues, their small-town brotherly rivalry explodes onto the professional playing field. Colorful and full of energy, the film lightheartedly explores the brothers' sky-rocket ride to fame and all its dirty emissions. But in good times and bad, blood proves thicker than water—endorsement deals, supermodels, and penalty shots aside.

From powerhouse producers Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Carlos' brother), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), and Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), Rudo y Cursi is already a huge box office hit in Mexico. Carlos Cuarón exquisitely directs his first feature, commanding the helm with ease and infusing the film with the perfect amount of vigor, whimsy, and competition. Audiences will relish in this entertaining Mexican import. A Sony Pictures Classics presentation.
Film Information
Year: 2008
Length: 102 minutes
Language: Spanish
Country: USA, Mexico
Premiere: New York
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Guillermo Francella, Dolores Heredia, Adriana Paz, Jessica Mas
Director: Carlos Cuarón
Screenwriter: Carlos Cuarón
Producer: Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, Frida Torresblanco
About the Director(s)
Carlos Cuarón (b. 1966, Mexico City) studied English literature at Mexico's National University and took part in the Screenwriters Lab at the Sundance Institute. In 1988, Carlos started collaborating with his brother Alfonso. Carlos has written or cowritten several award-winning films, including Love in the Time of Hysteria, El misterio del Trinidad, Who the Hell is Juliette?, and Y tu mamá también, which earned Oscar® and BAFTA nominations for best screenplay. He has also directed the short films Sístole Diástole, Noche de bodas, You Owe Me One!, Child's Play, and Ofelia. Rudo y Cursi is his feature directorial debut.

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