You might have listened to his sweet voice in Disney’s COCO last year. This year, actor Anthony Gonzalez will show his talents “for real” on the new drama ICEBOX from HBO. This time around, he plays a 12 year-old Honduran immigrant seeking asylum from gangs in the United States. Written and directed by Daniel Sawka, ICEBOX premieres tonight on HBO at 8:00PM.
I had the opportunity to talk with Anthony alongside with other fellow journalists. MUSE TV recorded and let me shared the interview below. Check it out the interview where Anthony talked about his character, what draw him to the project, an more.
Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old Honduran boy, is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system. As Oscar attempts to reach his uncle, Manuel (Omar Leyva), in Arizona, he is apprehended by Border Patrol and placed in “the icebox,” a processing center for Hispanic migrant children. Faced against a seemingly impenetrable immigration system, Oscar struggles to navigate a path to freedom, with a journalist (Genesis Rodriguez) and his uncle, himself a recent immigrant, as his only lifeline. The film also stars Johnny Ortiz, Matthew Moreno and Jessica Juarez.
Filmed on location in New Mexico, the film was shot primarily in Spanish with English subtitles. Sawka originally wrote and directed Icebox as a short film for his 2016 American Film Institute MFA thesis project. This short was subsequently shortlisted for the 2018 Academy Awards, won the Grand Jury Award at AFI fest, and screened at Telluride Film Festival.
ICEBOX is an HBO Films presentation of a Gracie Films production and co-financed with Endeavor Content. Producers, James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Julie Ansell, David Greathouse. Director of photography, Carolina Costa; production designer, Sue Tebbutt; editor, Salvador Pérez García; composer, Steve Mazzaro; costume designer, Maria Bentfield; casting, Carla Hool; additional music by Hans Zimmer.