Chivas and Canana Present “Drifting”: Gael García Bernal Directs Conclusion to DRIFTING, a Two-Part Short About Long Lost Friends Out at Sea
LONDON, February 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Gael Garcia Bernal has stepped behind the camera to direct Drifting: Part 2, which
picks up where friend and Canana co-founder, Diego Luna, left off in this two-part short
film. Drifting: Part One, directed by Luna, sets up the story of three friends who reunite
after having drifted apart. A prank sees the friends left in a precarious situation, which
Bernal has to resolve in the concluding film.
The two-part short film is part of a collaboration between Chivas Regal, the original
luxury whisky, and Canana – the art-house Mexican film company founded by life-long
friends Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, and led by Julian Levin. Drifting
brings to life the idiosyncrasies of modern male friendship – a theme the Canana team
knows well. The friends and business partners worked collectively to develop the
storyline, directing and producing the films in their native Mexico.
Speaking about the project and how it feels to work with close friend Diego Luna, Gael
Garcia Bernal commented, “It will be really interesting to see how the two films interact
and work together because Diego and I have very different approaches to everything!
Luckily we work really well together and bring out each other’s potential. That is one of
the great things about our friendship and something we understand about each other. I
don’t just respect his point of view, I like it! He always has something different to say
and I like to hear that from him. I think that’s what makes this project exciting and
Filmed in Cabo San Lucas, the concluding installation of Drifting finds life-long
friends, Nico (Pablo Cruz Guerrero), Andres (Ari Brickmann) and Al (Alexander DiPersia)
floating in the middle of the ocean with just a life preserver between them after an
unexplained prank. While the characters try to figure out what has happened and what to do
next, the short explores themes of trust, forgiveness and acceptance as they reconnect. As
the tale unravels, it reveals an elaborate set-up culminating in a surprise ending that
makes the friends realise the importance of making time for friendship. The film, as well
as exclusive behind the scenes interviews with both Gael and Diego can be viewed at
As part of the project, Chivas is celebrating real-life friendships by sending two
friends on an all-expenses-paid trip to the legendary Cannes Film Festival, of which
Chivas is an official sponsor, for a special screening of Drifting. The We Go Way Back
photo competition, open from the 18th February through to 24th March 2013, asks fans to
upload pictures of them and their best friend, showing moments of friendship and shared
memories. In the gallery showcasing entries, people can vote for their favourite
submissions until 31st March. The winner will be selected from the ten submissions with
the most votes by Canana.
Created by brothers James and John Chivas and shared by friends around the world,
Chivas Regal understands that friendship and brotherhood are a vital source of inspiration
and support for men. Canana is bringing modern brotherhood to life with this two-part
short film, which represents the first time Gael and Diego have worked together in this
way, each directing a story around the same characters.
To view the films and exclusive behind the scenes interviews with Gael, and enter the
competition, visit http://www.chivascanana.com.
About Chivas Regal
Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling 4.9 million 9L cases annually in more
than 150 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and Americas. The Chivas Regal range is the
epitome of style, substance and exclusivity and includes Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 Year
About ‘Here’s to Real Friends’
Chivas Canana Present was inspired by ‘Here’s to Real Friends’, the latest installment
of the Live with Chivalry campaign, featuring two short films about friendship directed by
Academy Award(R) winning short filmmaker Joachim Back. The two cinematic films focus on
the trials, tribulations and idiosyncrasies of modern male friendships, celebrating the
stories that bind real friends together.
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CANANA was founded in 2005 by Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal, Pablo Cruz, and most
recently joined by partner and CEO Julian Levin. Over the past 7 years, CANANA has
produced over twenty films including Abel, Luna’s first feature length film, Sin Nombre,
Miss Bala, directed by Gerardo Naranjo, and most recently, the English language film,
Chavez, directed by Luna and based on the life of Mexican-American labor union organizer
Cesar E. Chavez.
In 2012, CANANA expanded its operations in the U.S. with Canana L.A., bridging the
talent pool between Latin America and the U.S. with such projects as A Man Must Die, a
political thriller produced in collaboration with Focus Features, with Naranjo set to
direct. In Mexico, CANANA added both a television arm, which produced Soy Tu Fan, starring
Ana Claudia Talancon and Nino Santo, and a distribution outlet, CANANA Presenta, which has
been releasing international art house films in Mexico for six years across all platforms,
with a catalogue of more than 50 titles, including the award-winning NO, Pina, and The
White Ribbon. The partners’ passion for film has also reflected through Documental
Ambulante, a traveling documentary festival that has taken over 200 documentaries to
communities across Mexico, having recently completed its 8th tour.