Diego Luna reflects on fatherhood and raising ‘Abel’

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L.A. fans of Mexican actor Diego Luna will get to see ‘Abel,’ his feature directorial debut, next month at the AFI Fest in Hollywood. The ‘trip’ that is first-time fatherhood was the source of inspiration for the film, a story of a young boy who imagines and assumes the paternal role in his family in his father’s absence.

‘It’s a reflection on fatherhood, on this child, but also on the trip I am on now, as a father, the trip of the responsibilities,’ Luna said when we caught up with him during last week’s Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. ‘My son was born and I wrote this film, and I began filming this journey.’

‘Abel’ played at Sundance earlier this year, and performed well at the box office in Mexico despite limited distribution.

Luna was attending the Morelia festival for the premiere of ‘Revolución,’ a collection of 10 shorts produced by Canana, the production company where he is a founding partner. He also received the Tequila Cuervo award during the festival. The award, worth 100,000 pesos, or about $8,000, is meant to stimulate his next project, which Luna said is underway. The actor said he’d love to be behind the cameras again.


‘I’m writing another story, definitely,’ Luna said. ‘I’m super happy with ‘Abel,’ and now I feel like the movie is walking on its own and it’s time to make another.’

-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City