Gabriel Beristain

Gabriel Beristain was born in Mexico into a theatrical dynasty.

He worked as documentary cameraman throughout Europe, covering sensitive political, social, and ecological issues. At the NFTS in England, he shot Jenny Wilkes’ Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Student Film, “Mother’s Wedding.”

Having settled in England, The Berlin Film Festival honored him in 1987 with a Special Silver Bear ‘for outstanding single achievement’ in cinematography and Visual Style for Derek Jarman’s “Caravaggio”.

In the US we worked in cult classics like ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ and ‘Dolores Claiborne’. DoP credits amount to over 50 motion pictures and a hundred commercials and music videos, including the classic Aerosmith videos. He re-energized the filmography of David Mamet (The Spanish Prisoner) and Guillermo Del Toro (Blade 2), and broke new ground in films like ‘S.W.A.T’, ‘The Ring 2’ and ‘Blade Trinity’. He Helped to launch the successful career of David Ayer with “Street Kings’

He shot substantial additional photography for the 3 installments of Iron Man and Thor 2, and the successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” and most recently a lengthy additional photography for WB/DC “Suicide Squad”,

On Television, he shot the pilot for “Hawaii 5-0 “and 2 seasons of “MAGIC CITY” The beautiful STARZ series with its celebrated visual style. He shot 4 episodes for the series “Strain” produced by Del Toro and the First Season of the acclaimed Marvel’s own TV show “Agent Carter”. And most the CBS remake of the classic “MacGyver” where he has got his debut as a TV director with episode 207.

As a producer-director he’s developing several projects, including “The House of Abraham Phillips” (www.lanfilmproject) to be shot in Wales; “El Imperio de la Habana” based on the book “La Vida Intima de Meyer Lansky” by Cuban author Enrique Cirules to be shot entirely in Cuba and “Tina” based on the life of Tina Modotti currently in development.

He is cutting his teeth as a full fleshed producer with Havana Kyrie, by Paolo Consorti with the iconic actor Franco Nero. Shot in Italy and Cuba.

Gabriel is a member of AMPAS, since 1997 and member of BSC, ASC, and DGA.

Demo Reel

Blade II - Trailer
The Avengers - Trailer
The Ring 2 - Trailer
Sabotage - Trailer
Royal Caribbean's The-Local Cuba - Trailer
McGyver in Cuba - Behind the Scenes

Projects involving Gabriel Beristain

Havana Kyrie

Rossini: Cuban style. A lost man finds passion once again in Cuba, aided by music and the son he's never met.

Fidel Up Close

No protagonist of the 20th century has been as much talked about and studied as Fidel Castro has, and the meticulously crafted documentary film Fidel Up Close is already being lauded as "the definitive documentary on Fidel", by the few who've seen it.

The Empire of Havana

THE EMPIRE OF HAVANA is a portrait of the last days of the U.S. mob in Batista’s Cuba, as seen through the eyes of a young croupier who was personal driver to Meyer Lansky, the architect of the mafia’s overseas empire.

No Way To Kill a Samurai

En la Cuba actual, un padre homófobo y su hijo gay, emprenden un viaje por carretera que los llevará a un mundo desconocido y violento. Aprender a amarse será lo único que los salvará. 

Untitled DBC Pierre Project

Man Booker Prize winning Author DBC Pierre is penning a new feature project set in Cuba.

 

 

UNQUIET

The hosts of a paranormal reality show on the verge of cancellation find that for first time they don’t have to fake it as they fight an entity with surprising motives in a seemingly ordinary suburban house.