Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna collaborate in a new film project that shows modern male friendship and the special bond of close friends. Filmed in Tulum Mexico, Drifting tells the story of three lifelong friends, Nico (Pablo Cruz), Andres (Ari Brickmann) and Al (Alexander DiPersia). The film explores themes of trust, forgiveness and acceptance as the characters reconnect after drifting apart and find themselves falling straight back into the comfort of old friendship.
An unexpected story unfolds as Nico and Andres embark on an adventure to lure their friend Al away from an idyllic paradise, where his new life as a laid back and carefree hotel owner has meant he has lost touch with reality and his old life and friends. With old friend Nico’s impending wedding, the friends want to make sure Al gets back for the big event, and aim to convince him with a surprise visit and an elaborate prank. Along the way they reminisce about a past beach holiday they took together when they were younger, reminding them of their long, solid friendship.
The plot takes a turn as the prank backfires and the reunited friends find themselves lost at sea with nothing but each other and a life raft. Viewers will have to wait until the release of the second film in February—directed by Gael, to find out what happens next and if any of them make it to Nico’s wedding.
“This project really interested me because the story involves this idea of an intervention, a moment of crossing a line to make your friend wake up. I think friends are the only ones that constantly cross that line and because you’re friends you let them and that’s the beauty of it because sometimes they know what is best! That idea was interesting and I was also excited to try something new with this project, in a way it’s exploring a language I’ve never spoken.” Diego Luna commented,“What I also love about the nature of this project is that it’s an interesting collaboration. I take the story and direct this film, then I pass it to Gael and he’s going to do something and then we’ll show it to the audience and they’ll end up doing the final thing which is hopefully deciding to watch it.”