Outstanding Achievement in Film

Diego Luna was introduced to worldwide audiences with his starring role in the award-winning Y Tu Mama Tambien, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal for director Alfonso Cuaron. He recently starred in the box office hit Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alongside Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn and can next be seen in If Beale Street Could Talk directed by Barry Jenkins. He will star this Fall in Season 4 of “Narcos” and recently joined the third and final season of Emmy-winning original DreamWorks series “Trollhunters” from Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, both on Netflix.

Beginning his professional acting career on stage at the age of seven and making his television debut at age twelve in “El Abuelo Y Yo,” Luna has appeared on stage in such theater productions as De Pelicula, La Tarea (based on Jame Hurnberto 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 (Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas), he performed Sabina Berman’s Moliere.  He produced The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in Mexico for which he won the 2001-2002 “Best Comic Actor” award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers.  Luna also enjoyed a successful run on stage as an actor and producer in John Malkovich’s The Good Canary. He recently completed a run in Mexico City on the multimedia production Privacidad, directed by Francisco Franco.

Cesar Chavez, Diego Luna’s English language directorial debut, was released in the United States in 2014.  The film starred Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich. His recent directorial effort Mr. Pig premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and stars Danny Glover and Maya Rudolf.  Luna and Bernal recently announced their new production house in Mexico, La Corriente del Golfo, which will serve as an independent company for cinematic, theatrical, and television productions as well as develop a variety of community-oriented projects.

Luna executive produced The Well and Paraiso in Mexico.  He previously directed, wrote, and produced the feature film Abel, a heart-warming story about a peculiar young boy who returns home to assume the role of the family man, but soon learns that his actions start to have a positive impact on the family and their unity. Additionally, Luna directed one of ten short films that composed the anthology feature Revolución.  In 2007, Luna directed the documentary J.C. Chavez which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  The film explores the life of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, whose rise from humble circumstances to thirty-seven world title fights mirrored the struggle of his people and allowed him to win the hearts of the world.  

Luna’s additional feature films include Sony’s remake of Flatliners alongside Ellen Page, the animated movie The Book of Life alongside Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana, Elysium alongside Matt Damon, the award-winning Milk opposite Sean Penn for director Gus Van Sant, Contraband with Mark Wahlberg, Casa de mi Padre with Will Ferrell, Carlos Cuaron’s Rudo y Cursi., Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely, Before Night Falls for director Julian Schnabel, Luis Estrada’s Ambar, Erwin Neumaier’s Un Hilito De Sangre, Gabriel Retes’ Un Dulce Olor A Meute, Marisa Sistach’s El Cometa, Fernando Sarinana’s Todo El Poder, Criminal for Stephen Soderbergh and George Clooney’s Section Eight Productions, The Terminal for director Steven Spielberg, Solo Dios Sabe (What God Knows), Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Open Range alongside director and star Kevin Costner, Frida opposite Salma Hayek for director Julie Taymor, Carambola, Fidel for Showtime, Ciudades Oscuras, and Soldados de Salamina for director David Trueba.  Additionally, Luna has starred in a number of short films made by students at CUEC and CCC, including Javier Bourges’ “El Ultimo Fin Del Ano”, the Oscar-winning short film.

Luna resides in Mexico.

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