Gabriel Beristain

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Gabriel Beristain was born in Mexico into a theatrical dynasty.

He worked as documentary cameraman throughout Europe, covering sensitive political, social, and ecological issues. At the NFTS in England, he shot Jenny Wilkes’ Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Student Film, “Mother’s Wedding.”

Having settled in England, The Berlin Film Festival honored him in 1987 with a Special Silver Bear ‘for outstanding single achievement’ in cinematography and Visual Style for Derek Jarman’s “Caravaggio”.

In the US we worked in cult classics like ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ and ‘Dolores Claiborne’. DoP credits amount to over 50 motion pictures and a hundred commercials and music videos, including the classic Aerosmith videos. He re-energized the filmography of David Mamet (The Spanish Prisoner) and Guillermo Del Toro (Blade 2), and broke new ground in films like ‘S.W.A.T’, ‘The Ring 2’ and ‘Blade Trinity’. He Helped to launch the successful career of David Ayer with “Street Kings’

He shot substantial additional photography for the 3 installments of Iron Man and Thor 2, and the successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” and most recently a lengthy additional photography for WB/DC “Suicide Squad”,

On Television, he shot the pilot for “Hawaii 5-0 “and 2 seasons of “MAGIC CITY” The beautiful STARZ series with its celebrated visual style. He shot 4 episodes for the series “Strain” produced by Del Toro and the First Season of the acclaimed Marvel’s own TV show “Agent Carter”. And most the CBS remake of the classic “MacGyver” where he has got his debut as a TV director with episode 207.

As a producer-director he’s developing several projects, including “The House of Abraham Phillips” (www.lanfilmproject) to be shot in Wales; “El Imperio de la Habana” based on the book “La Vida Intima de Meyer Lansky” by Cuban author Enrique Cirules to be shot entirely in Cuba and “Tina” based on the life of Tina Modotti currently in development.

He is cutting his teeth as a full fleshed producer with Havana Kyrie, by Paolo Consorti with the iconic actor Franco Nero. Shot in Italy and Cuba.

Gabriel is a member of AMPAS, since 1997 and member of BSC, ASC, and DGA.

Demo Reel

Blade II - Trailer
The Avengers - Trailer
The Ring 2 - Trailer
Sabotage - Trailer
Royal Caribbean's The-Local Cuba - Trailer
McGyver in Cuba - Behind the Scenes
Black Widow - Final Trailer

Projects involving Gabriel Beristain

Havana Kyrie

An aging, down-on-his-luck Italian conductor reluctantly travels back to Havana, Cuba, to oversee the Cuban National Children's Choir perform compositions in which he specializes. His concerns seem well-founded when his trip starts off on the wrong foot and he is quickly met by the son he never knew he fathered years ago, but his past eventually adds new purpose and meaning to his present. This is a heart-warming, nostalgic tale of a quirky old man rediscovering the “spice of life” once again.

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Hemingway - The Great Blue River

The Great Blue River is set during Ernest Hemingway’s last three, controversial years of life,, as he oddly chose to take his own life at a time when his fame and reputation could only have been cause for celebration…

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The Empire of Havana

In 1950s Havana, a young Cuban street thug and a fiery university student get pulled into the orbit of Mob financier Meyer Lansky as he attempts to carve out an empire, struggling against jealous rivals, governments, and the gathering winds of revolution.

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The Foam of Days

Four lifelong friends, their friendship stressed to breaking point endures by tragedy...

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Fidel Up Close

There is probably no other protagonist of the 20th century who has been as much talked about and as studied as Fidel Castro. Fidel Up Close is a meticulously crafted documentary film said to be "the definitive documentary on Fidel Castro' by the few who've seen it in preview.

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The House of Abraham Phillips

Love. Hate. Forgiveness. In a brutal world, none of us can survive alone.

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Our Mary in Havana

Mary McCarthy fell in love with the people of Cuba. Hers is a story that bears witness to the complicated history of a country and the unchanging spirit of a dedicated soul who failed in the literal sense, but succeeded metaphorically in her goal of outliving Castro. A 'riches to rags' story of an interloper who becomes the denizen.

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UNQUIET

The hosts of a paranormal reality show on the verge of cancellation find that for the first time they don’t have to fake it as they face an entity with surprising motives in a seemingly ordinary suburban house.

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Untitled DBC Pierre Project

Man Booker Prize winning Author DBC Pierre is penning a new feature project set in Cuba.    

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E.L.I.

“Those who teach more about humanity aren’t always human” - Donald L. Hicks"

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The Ladies of Laurel Canyon

Four ladies, all lightning rods of the LA late sixties music scene, are old friends and love rivals, who haven't seen each other since 1972, until one of them emails everyone calling for a weekend reunion to be held at her Laurel Canyon house. She is surprised when they all say they'll attend, last time they got together was on the the week of their old friend Savvy's funeral.

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The Cats of Grand Central Station

1964 in New York's Grand Central Station had developed an escalating RAT situation calling for a team of twelve rescued cats to do the job of driving out the unwanted rodents from the grand old terminal... As you probably suspected, the mammal did not meet the end humans expected, but the Cats had fun, as they Ruled the Tracks of the station, dining on Oysters below the stars under the ceiling's constellation! Alas their luck was minimal and Cats soon meowed in pain, as it was plain that once again, they were booted, banished from the station, "on the run" in search of absolution from their Humane Society frustrations!

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The Hunt For Shadowboy

The last survivor of a German U-Boat that disappeared during WWII is in Cuba. A group of mercenaries will try to capture the old spy.

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The Last Contract

A Cuban ballerina enters the world of prostitution after a traumatic rape. Her revenge depends on an alliance with a professional assassin.

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Depths

In a future patriarchal society living undersea, the sailors of the only submarine crewed by women strive to avoid life as sex slaves for forced reproduction.

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The Caddy

When an ambitious diplomat loses his position and is reduced to caddy at a golf resort, he kidnaps an arrogant businessman in a misguided attempt to buy his old life back...

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