Gael Garcia Bernal, Company of Diego Luna, MUBI Bow ‘Encuentros’ Season 2

Season 2 of “Encuentros,” the weekly podcast co-produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna’s La Corriente del Golfo and streamer MUBI, drops Wednesday, March 30 with the first episode featuring Chilean actress Antonia Zegers and Oscar-winning Mexican production designer Eugenio Caballero in conversation.

In this episode, titled “A Collective Memory,” Caballero and Zegers will discuss their experiences and takeaways from more than two decades of work in their respective fields.

Eugenio Caballero
Credit: Carlos Somonte

Zegers’ credits include Pablo Larrain’s ‘The Club’, Academy Award-winning Sebastian Lelio’s ‘A Fantastic Woman’ and Lucia Puenzo’s sexual violence thriller series ‘La Jauria’, produced by Fabula de Larrain.

Caballero became the first Mexican decorator to receive an Oscar for art direction, thanks to Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ in 2007. He also worked on Alfonso Cuaron’s triple Oscar-winning ‘Roma’, ‘A Monster Calls by JA Bayona and Jim Jarmusch’s “The Limits of Control”, among other titles.

The next five episodes focusing on Latin American cinema and culture will see the duos of director Kiro Russo (Bolivia) and director Paz Encina (Paraguay); screenwriter, screenwriter and director Martín Rejtman (Argentina) and singer and songwriter Santiago Motorizado (Argentina); producer and director Cristina Gallego (Colombia) and screenwriter, producer and director Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala); director and actress Ana Katz (Argentina) and director Pablo Stoll (Uruguay); and actress Dolores Fonzi (Argentina) and singer Julieta Venegas (Mexico).

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Dolores Fonzi
Credits: Camila Fortunato

Encounters will feature a new episode every Wednesday starting March 30 and will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all other podcast listening platforms. It can also be heard on lacorrientedelgolfo.net, which will include complementary materials.

MUBI, a film production company and distributor as well as a global streaming service, is available in 190 countries, with over 12 million members worldwide.

Both companies produced podcasts in response to a burgeoning appetite for the listening format. According to a recent report by eMarketer, podcasts are most popular in English-speaking countries, followed closely by Spanish-speaking countries. Their market continues to grow in Latin America, with eMarketer / insider information noting that among Internet users in the region, Mexico has 25.8% of podcast listeners, while Brazil has 24.5% and Argentina 19.2%.

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Ana Katz
Courtesy of MUBI

Laura J. Boyer