'Coco' Star Anthony Gonzalez Goes Grim For HBO Movie About Immigration
- Category: Interviews
- Created: Friday, 07 December 2018 15:28
- Published: Friday, 07 December 2018 16:03
- Written by Lupe R Haas
Anthony Gonzalez delighted audiences as the voice of Miguel in Disney*Pixar's COCO. For his next role, the young actor plays a Honduran immigrant seeking asylum from gangs in the U.S. in the HBO movie, "Icebox," premiering December 7th. CineMovie sat down to talk about "Icebox" and playing an immigrant stuck in the U.S. immigration system. Watch interview below.
"Icebox" was originally a 2016 short film directed by Daniel Sawka, and starring Anthony Gonzalez, but producer, actor, director and comedian Albert L. Brooks approached the director about making it into a film. They brought back Anthony to play the title role of Oscar, the 12-year-old Honduran boy who must flee gangs in his country and seeks asylum in the United States.
HBO begins airing "Icebox" Friday, December 7.
Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old Honduran boy, is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system. As Oscar attempts to reach his uncle, Manuel (Omar Leyva), in Arizona, he is apprehended by Border Patrol and placed in “the icebox,” a processing center for Hispanic migrant children. Faced against a seemingly impenetrable immigration system, Oscar struggles to navigate a path to freedom, with a journalist (Genesis Rodriguez) and his uncle, himself a recent immigrant, as his only lifeline. The film also stars Johnny Ortiz, Matthew Moreno and Jessica Juarez.
“The narrative and characters in Icebox are inspired by so many personal stories that were told to me through years of research and outreach — stories that unfortunately have become all too prevalent in today’s world,” said Daniel Sawka.
Filmed on location in New Mexico, the film was shot primarily in Spanish with English subtitles. Sawka originally wrote and directed Icebox as a short film for his 2016 American Film Institute MFA thesis project. This short was subsequently shortlisted for the 2018 Academy Awards, won the Grand Jury Award at AFI fest, and screened at Telluride Film Festival.
Icebox is an HBO Films presentation of a Gracie Films production and co-financed with Endeavor Content. Producers, James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Julie Ansell, David Greathouse. Director of photography, Carolina Costa; production designer, Sue Tebbutt; editor, Salvador Pérez García; composer, Steve Mazzaro; costume designer, Maria Bentfield; casting, Carla Hool; additional music by Hans Zimmer.