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 honoured 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 instalments 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” 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.
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 financier’ of the U.S. mafia and the architect of the mafia’s overseas empire. By 1957 he has built, under Lucky Luciano’s orders, a vast network of hotels and casinos to house their criminal enterprises…View Project
Four lifelong friends, 'Shiny’ (Elegant), ‘Brute’, ‘Philo' (Philosopher), and last but not least - ‘Nutty’, on account he's a bit crazy, have been best friends since childhood. They've always been there for each other and they have each other's back, forever. Their friendship tested to breaking point by tragedy and time, this lads are brothers, true locals of the neighbourhood of Casablanca, their field of dreams, just across the bay from Old Havana.View Project
Effa Manley crossed her legs, looked inside the baseball stadium, and saw freedom! Men underestimated her. Women felt intimidated. Yet, as this story on her life shows, Effa Manley - a female maverick in the world of Negro League Baseball, and the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame - took her vision far beyond the baseball stadium.View Project
When an ambitious young Mexican diplomat loses his position and is reduced to caddying at a golf resort, he kidnaps an arrogant American businessman in a misguided attempt to buy his old life back, battling a relentless detective, accomplices who turn on him, and his own conscience.View Project
Cuba, 2022. Two men who can't stand each other, father and son, travel in an old Russian car, from the west to the east of the island. The father is an ex-convict, who is going blind and has had to swallow his macho pride to ask his youngest son, a gay artist, to be his eyes to drive the car. They travel with the objective of finding the eldest son, who's 'gone missing', most likely because he's got himself into a life or death predicament. For the youngest son, who's been rejected by his father on account of being gay, and even after he'd given up seeking validation from the old man, his father's unusual request still represents an opportunity to get closer to his father... And to his brother.. And to earn his trust and both their respect, or at least that's what he thinks before they hit the road in search of his criminal older brother... For the old man, prejudice is the hardest habit to break. For him it is as clear as using the son he loves the least; to find the son that makes him proud. So, whitholding key facts from the gay son is a no brainer for the old man. Who fails to tell his young son about his brother's actual situation, playing down the fact he's actually hiding out in fear of his own life.... No to mention the gun he carries for "protection" Without knowing it, the young man is taken into a world of violence and darkness. By the end of the trip the young artist, like a samurai, will show more courage than his father or his brother relatives and will have to take the gun to save his family.View Project
Mary McCarthy fell in love with the people of Cuba. Hers is a story that bears witness to the complicated history of a country and the unchanging spirit of a dedicated soul who failed in the literal sense, but succeeded metaphorically in her goal of outliving Castro. A 'riches to rags' story of an interloper who becomes the denizen.View Project
In 1964 New York, Grand Central Station had developed an escalating rodent situation, requiring the recruitment of twelve random Cats, to form a team and be promptly tasked with expelling the undesirable Rats hat drove unwanted Illegal rodents from the terminal... As you probably suspected, the mammal did not meet the end humans expected, but the Cats had fun, as they Ruled the Tracks of the station, dining on Oysters below the stars under the ceiling's constellation! Alas their luck was minimal and Cats soon meowed in pain, as it was plain that once again, they were booted, banished from the station, "on the run" in search of absolution from their Humane Society frustrations!View Project