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Son of Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón follows in his footsteps with new film

Mexican filmmakers Jonas Cuaron, right, and his uncle Carlos Cuaron pose for portraits after an interview about their new film "Desierto" in Mexico City, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Jonas, who directed Desierto, is best known for co-writing the script of Gravity along with his father, celebrated director Alfonso Cuaron. Desierto stars Gael Garcia Bernal and premieres Sept. 13 at the Toronto International Film Festival. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexican filmmakers Jonas Cuaron, right, and his uncle Carlos Cuaron pose for portraits after an interview about their new film "Desierto" in Mexico City, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. Jonas, who directed Desierto, is best known for co-writing the script of Gravity along with his father, celebrated director Alfonso Cuaron. Desierto stars Gael Garcia Bernal and premieres Sept. 13 at the Toronto International Film Festival. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Director Jonas Cuarón is following in the footsteps of his famous father with a new film "Desierto."

Cuarón is the son of Alfonso Cuarón, the Mexican director who made the Oscar-winning 2013 film, "Gravity."

"Desierto" — or "Desert" —stars Gael García Bernal and is set to open Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Cuarón has worked with his father on previous projects, and this time he paired up with Gabriel García Márquez's grandson, Mateo García, to write the script.

García Bernal plays the role of a migrant fleeing from a U.S. vigilante. "Since I started writing the script, I was always thinking of Gael," Cuarón said Wednesday.

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The movie was filmed largely in the desert of Baja California. "The desert is one of the most important characters in this film," he said.

The film's producers are Cuarón's father and his uncle Carlos Cuarón.

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