Sundance: Gael García Bernal at premiere of ‘Dayani Cristal’
Red-carpet premiere • “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” screens in the World Cinema Documentary competition.
Published: January 18, 2013 10:14AM
Updated: January 18, 2013 09:23AM
Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Producer Thomas Benski, Gael García Bernal, Director Marc Silver, Producer Lucas Ochoa, and Writer Mark Monroe pose for pictures before the premiere of "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" at The MARC screening venue during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Thursday January 17, 2013.

At the opening-night premiere of “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” were director Marc Silver (who also wrote the documentary script for “Sound City”), screenwriter Mark Monroe and actor Gael García Bernal. The moving political documentary traces the mystery of an unidentified body found in 2010 in the Arizona desert, with U.S. border control and Honduras officials seeking to identify the immigrant who had a mysterious tattoo reading “Dayani Cristal.”

One of the complications of filming the story was that the main character wasn’t alive, said director Marc Silver. García Bernal said they didn’t attempt to film re-enactments because “if they had, it would have been cheesy.”

David Burger

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