FROM Gael García Bernal
Jonás Cuarón and Gael García Bernal on 'Desierto' The new Mexican film Desierto , stars Gael García Bernal as Moisés, part of a group of migrant workers attempting to cross the border into the United States. They are stalked by a sniper in a giant truck decked out with a faded Confederate flag and a vicious dog, who is determined to kill every last one of them. Desierto was written and directed by Jonás Cuarón, son of the Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón. It is Mexico's foreign language submission to the Oscars this year. Jonás Cuarón and Gael García Bernal sat down recently with KCRW's Madeleine Brand. The director said when he set out to make this film, he had no idea that the reaction to it would be heavily influenced by this year's election.
Desierto: A political horror film Hundreds of migrants die each year crossing the border between Mexico and the United States. Many die of exposure in the brutal desert heat, some drown in the Rio Grande. In a suspenseful new movie, the odds for one group of immigrants crossing the badlands are worse than normal… because they’re being hunted by an American armed with a rifle and a vicious dog. The story may be a bit-far fetched. But there’s something about the film that speaks to the desperation of the people trying to find a new life in the US - and the Americans who feel overwhelmed by immigrants coming across the border.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.