As their on-screen achievements have multiplied, the Mexican actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna have become frequent fliers, jetting from film sets to news conferences to premieres. Now the peripatetic pair are bringing their traveling documentary film festival with them to L.A. for the first time. Three films from the actors' 4-year-old Ambulante festival will be screened as part of this year's Los Angeles Film Festival.
Ambulante (the Spanish word means "itinerant") is the brainchild of Garcia Bernal, star of such films as "The Motorcycle Diaries," and his longtime friend and "Y Tu Mama Tambien" costar Luna, who recently was seen in "Milk." At Tuesday's LAFF news conference, the actors said they'd started Ambulante to support more documentary filmmaking and viewing, especially in their native country. A particular goal was to bring quality documentaries to Mexico's provincial cities, where they rarely are screened in theaters.