Garcia Bernal set for Cannes' Critics Week

5:00 AM PST 05/07/2007 by Rebecca Leffler, AP

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PARIS -- Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal has been picked as ambassador of the Critics Week sidebar at May's Festival de Cannes, organizers said Thursday.

Garcia Bernal will present his directorial debut, "Deficit," a drama based on the popular TV series "Ruta 32." The film, which explores social differences in Mexico, is produced by Mexico's Canana Films and also stars Garcia Bernal.

The actor is no stranger to Critics Week after rising to international stardom in 2000 with "Amores Perros" (Love's a Bitch), the section's winner that year.

He has been a frequent visitor to the festival since then, with starring roles in 2004's "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Bad Education," "The King" in 2005 and "Babel" in 2006.

Garcia Bernal follows last year's Critics Week rep Gaspard Noe. Final selection for the Critics Week lineup will be announced April 26.
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