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Audiences worldwide took note of Diego Luna with his starring role in Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award-nominated Y Tu Mamá También, opposite Gael García Bernal. The two lifelong friends have joined with producer Pablo Cruz to form the production and distribution company Canana Films. Canana’s upcoming Rudo y Cursi, written and directed by Carlos Cuarón, reteams the two actors onscreen as well.
Canana’s other feature projects thus far have included Gerardo Naranjo’s Drama/Mex and Mr. Luna’s directorial debut, the documentary J.C. Chávez. The latter, exploring the life of legendary boxer Julio César Chávez, world-premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Canana’s El Bufalo de la Noche (The Night Buffalo) and Sólo Dios Sabe (Only God Knows) both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and were directed, respectively, by Jorge Hernandez Aldana and Carlos Bolado. Mr. Luna appeared in both films, and next stars for the company in Agustin Diaz Yanes’ Sólo quiero caminar.
He began his professional acting career on the stage, at age seven. At age twelve, he made his television debut in El Abuelo Y Yo, which led to roles in such shows as El Premio Mayor, El Amor De Mi Vida, and La Vida En El Espejo.
Mr. Luna continued his stage work in such productions as De Pelicula; La Tarea (based on Jaime Humberto Hermosillo’s movie of the same name); Comedia Clandtina; and El Cantaro Roto, for which he accepted the 1996-1997 Masculine Revelation Award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Under the direction of Antonio Serrano, he performed Sabina Berman’s Molière. He recently produced The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in Mexico, after winning the 2001-2002 Best Comic Actor award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers for starring in the same show.
His early movie appearances included Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls; Luis Estrada’s Ambar, Erwin Neumaier’s Un Hilito De Sangre; Gabriel Retes’ Un Dulce Olor A Muerte (which took second prize at the Havana Film Festival); José Buil and Marisa Sistach’s El Cometa;and Fernando Sariñana’s Todo El Poder and Ciudades Oscuras.
Mr. Luna has since been seen in such movies as Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal; Julie Taymor’s Frida; Kevin Costner’s Open Range; Gregory Jacobs’ Crminal; David Attwood’s telefilm Fidel; Hugo Rodríguez’ Nicotina; David Trueba’s Soldados de Salamina; Oliver Parker’s Fade to Black; and Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely.
Mr. Luna has also starred in a number of short films made by students at CUEC and CCC, including Javier Bourges’ El Último Fin Del Año, which won a Student Academy Award.