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Luna, Diego

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Actor, director and film, theater and television producer, he is the founding partner of the Mexican production and distribution company CANANA and the Ambulante Documentary Tour, Mexico. He began his acting career at a young age, mainly in Grupo Televisa’s soap opera El abuelo y yo (1992) and in his film debut El último fin de año (1991) by Xavier Bourges, a short film that won the Student Academy Award at the 65th Academy Awards Ceremony, United States; the First Golden Colón at the 18th Iberoamerican Film Festival of Huelva, Spain; and the First Gold Danzante Award at the 20th International Film Festival of Huesca, Spain. He became known internationally for his leading role, along with Gael García Bernal, in Alfonso Cuarón’s feature film Y tu mamá también (2001), for which both actors received the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 58th Venice International Film Festival, Italy. Diego Luna has worked as an actor in film and theater with acclaimed directors as John Malkovich in El buen canario (2008), a theatrical adaptation of the piece Good Canary (2007) by Zach Helm, as well as Gus Van Sant in Milk (2008) and with Carlos Cuarón in Rudo y cursi (2008), for which he was nominated for an Ariel for Best Actor at the 51st Ariel Awards, Mexico. As a film director, his first documentary feature, J.C. Chávez (2007), about the Mexican boxer after which the film was named, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), United States. His first fiction film Abel (2010) was part of the Official Selection of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and received, among other prizes, the Horizontes Award at the 58th San Sebastián International Film Festival, Spain, and six nominations at the 53rd Ariel Awards, Mexico, winning Best Original Screenplay for Diego Luna and Augusto Mendoza, and Best Actor for Christopher Ruiz-Esparza. He participated in the 8th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) with his short film Pacífico, part of the collective work Revolución (2010), which was also presented at the 49th Critics’ Week, Cannes, and which won the Abrazo award for Best Feature Film and the French Union of Film Critics Award at the 19th Biarritz Festival of Latin American Cinema and Cultures, France. His second feature film, César Chávez (2014), about the life of the Chicano activist and farmworkers’ leader, premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale, Germany, and won the Audience Award at the 16th South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin, Texas, United States.