Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez‘s charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts Gutierrez’s vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while the souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten. The film’s events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends – should Maria (Zoe Saldana) choose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered.
I recently sat down with Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana for an exclusive video interview. They talked about being drawn to Gutierrez’s passion for the film, their excitement to work together, bringing elements of Mexican culture to a larger audience. Additionally, Saldana talked about her knack for consistently finding great roles for women. Hit the jump to watch.
Diego Luna & Zoe Saldana:
- Talk about being attracted Jorge Gutierrez’s enthusiasm and passion.
- Talk about bringing Dia de los Muertos to a wider audience.
- Is it hard for Saldana to consistently find strong female roles?