The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival presents…
Who is Dayani Cristal? (Mexico / United Kingdom, 2013)
November 18, 2014, 8pm
The Cinematheque in Vancouver, British Columbia
Spanish with English subtitles.
Director: Marc Silver Producers: Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, Gael García Bernal Writer: Mark Monroe Cinematographers: Marc Silver, Pau Esteve Birba Editors: Martin Singer, James Smith-Rewse Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman Cast: Gael García Bernal
Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? And who–or–what is Dayani Cristal? Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and return an identity to this anonymous person. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor Gael García Bernal retraces the man’s steps along the migrant trail from Honduras to the US-Mexico border. Unfolding like a thrilling crime drama, the film builds to an emotionally devastating climax.