Spanish-language spot uses GOP frontrunner’s controversial speech to tease Jonás and Alfonso Cuarón thriller
Donald Trump provides the soundtrack as Mexican migrants get picked off by Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s rifle at the U.S. border in the new international trailer for “Desierto,” uploaded on Tuesday.
The trailer for the film by Jonás and Alfonso Cuarón opens with the on-screen disclaimer: “Speech from the Republican candidate for president of the United States Donald Trump,” followed by sound bites from the GOP presidential frontrunner’s controversial comments made last June about Mexican immigrants.
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” Trump is excerpted, as immigrants are depicted traversing the borderland between the U.S. and Mexico.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” the Trumptrack continues. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and it’s gotta stop.
“And it’s gotta stop fast,” Trump closes, as a bullet perforates a border crosser in the abdomen.
From there, a series of shots rings out, revealing shooter Morgan and on-screen text that reads, “Words are as dangerous as bullets.”
The film, also starring Gael García Bernal, depicts migrants in search of a better life whose trek across the U.S.-Mexico border degenerates into a frantic scramble for survival from the gun barrel of a racist vigilante.
STX’s “Desierto” won the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film at the London Film Festival along with “Room,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Tangerine” and “Son of Saul,” among others.
“Desierto’s” U.S. release date is still TBD after the film was delayed from its scheduled March 4 premiere date.