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GAEL GARCIA BERNAL “MEXICO’S PRODIGAL SON” Case Study: Gael García Bernal discussing his star text in relation to questions of racial and national identity.

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2 GAEL GARCIA BERNAL “MEXICO’S PRODIGAL SON”

3 Case Study: Gael García Bernal discussing his star text in relation to questions of racial and national identity.

4 OUTLINE Biography Mexico’s national star? Promotion of the national Gael as a transnational star? Can Gael be considered as a global star? National identity… Mexican or Latin American? Challenging his ethnicity Expressions of sexuality Gael the humanitarian Conclusion

5 BIOGRAPHY Born 30 Nov 1978 in Guadalajara, Mexico to two young actors. Bernal began acting at age of 9. At 11 years old he participated in the telenovela, Teresa, alongside Salma Hayek. First major role was in the telenovela ‘El abuelo y yo’ with Diego Luna. Enrolled at Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City. However, due to constant strikes he dropped out and explored his other options, taking a trip to London. He applied to Central School of Speech and Drama, London- First ever Latin American to be accepted to Central.

6 NATIONAL STAR?

7 PROMOTION OF THE NATION

8 TRANSNATIONAL STAR?

9 GLOBAL STARDOM? A Little Bit of Heaven (2011) 2012 Gillette Advert Letters to Juliet (2010)

10 MEXICAN VS. LATIN AMERICAN IDENTITY Vidas Privadas (2001)Gael and his wife

11 RACIAL/ETHNIC IDENTITY Babel (2006) También la Lluvia (2010 )

12 RACIAL/ETHNIC IDENTITY The King (2005)

13 MASCULINITY & SEXUALITY

14 La Mala Educación (2004) Y Tu mamá también (2001)

15 GAEL THE HUMANITARIAN Oxfam: Make Trade Fair Campaign

16 KEEP AN EYE OUT….

17 FILMS REFERENCED  Amores perros, (2000)  Vidas Privadas (2001)  Y tu mamá también(2001)  El crimen del padre amaro (2002)  Diarios de Motocicleta (2004)  Mala educación (2004)  The King (2005)  Babel (2006)  Rudo y Cursi (2008)  Letters to Juliet (2010)  También la lluvia, (2010)  Little bit of heaven (2011)

18 BIBLIOGRAPHY Allatson, P Key terms in Latino/a cultural and literary studies. Oxford:Blackwell. Chant, S. & N. Craske Gender in Latin America. London: Latin America Bureau. de la Mora, S Cinemachismo: Masculinities and Sexuality in Mexican Film. Texas: University of Texas Press. Dennison, S. ‘National, Transnational and Post-national: Issues in Contemporary Film-making in the Hispanic World’ Finnegan, N “So What’s Mexico Really Like?”: Framing the Local, Negotiating the Global in Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También. In: D. shaw, ed. Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield, pp Hayward, S Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. Oxon: Routledge. Lewis, V When “macho” bodies fail: spectacles of corporeality and the limits of the homosocial/sexual in Mexican cinema. In: S. FOUZ-HERNANDEZ, ed. Mysterious Skin: male bodies in contemporary cinema. London: I.B. Tauris, pp Perriam, C Stars and Masculinities in Spanish Cinema: From Banderas to Bardem. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Shaw, D Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield. Soutar, J Gael García Bernal and the Latin American New Wave. London: Portico. Video clips:  2012 Gillette Advert YouTube Scene from La Mala Educación Presented by: Suzie Alway, Fiona Chan, M. Alexia Gaggero & Jeran Richardson


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