We Hung Out With Diego Luna at Sundance and He Bared His Soul

Screenshot of Remezcla's "Panoramica" with Diego Luna

Against the idyllic backdrop of snowy Park City, Utah, we talked to Diego Luna during the lead up to the world premiere of his second English-language movie Mr. Pig at the Sundance Film Festival. Featuring a road trip to a lush Puerto Vallarta beach and starring Maya Rudolph, Danny Glover, and an enormous hog, Mr. Pig is a touching portrait of a regretful father reconnecting with his daughter.

In his fourth feature-length venture as a director, Luna wrestles with strained parental relationships; it’s something he sees as a recurring theme in his movies. “It’s very clear to me now that I have daddy issues and luckily, that’s what my work is about – to reflect and to question yourself, to look inward,” Luna told us during a car ride to an early-morning screening of his film.

His relationship with his own father, Alejandro Luna – a renowned set designer in Mexican theater circles – isn’t exactly strained. During a particularly intimate post-screening Q&A, Luna revealed to a Sundance audience the heartbreaking reason why he’s so close with his father. “My mother died when I was two years old; that’s why I have so many daddy issues. And that’s why my relationship with my dad is so strong.”

Throughout our time with him – while we tagged along to his premiere and other promotional events for Mr. Pig – Luna was exceptionally open about his fears and anxieties, a topic celebrities seldom talk about publicly. He shared the ups and downs of being a director and what it’s like to share his art with a large audience.

Hit play on the video up top to follow Diego Luna’s emotional journey to the Sundance Film Festival in the second episode of our Panorámica series.

The Mexican premiere of Mr. Pig is March 5, 2016 at the Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG).

Mr. Pig is playing during the Hola Mexico Film Festival at 7 p.m. on May 19, 2016 at the Regal Cinemas LA Live. Buy tickets here.