The Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarrituone of the most talented authors of the seventh art and the mind behind films such as Birdman, Amores perro and 21 grams, competes this Thursday for the Golden Lion of Venice with Bardo, false chronicle of a few truthsan intimate tribute to his country.
Applauded at its first press screening, the three-hour film narrates with dazzling images the trip to Mexico to collect an award from a successful Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker, masterfully played by the actor Daniel Gimenez Cacho.
“Shooting the film was like a mirror. It is the emotional reinterpretation of a memory”confessed the acclaimed filmmaker, 59, at the presentation press conference.
The author came back to shoot in his country after more than 20 years to precisely tell his absence, what it has meant to have left and to be a luxury emigrant.
“Mexico is a state of mind for me, each country is a state of mind,” maintains the filmmaker, who interprets myths, confronts national and personal history and the new reality after his departure.
The journalist’s journey serves as a pretext for Iñárritu to immerse the viewer in his memories, in his fears, in his past but also in his present, with his violence, his discrimination, his murders of women.
The day Alejandro González Iñárritu left Mexico
With dreamlike scenes, between dream and reality, one enters the labyrinth of his memory, where pains emerge, such as the return to the womb of the mother of the son who did not want to live in this world, a more than surprising image.
“It’s not an autobiographical film”maintains the director, despite the fact that he acknowledged at the press conference that this Thursday was a special date for his family.
“On September 1, 2001 we left Mexico and went to live in Los Angeles, with great enthusiasm. We left for a year and 21 have already passed,” he confessed when talking about the theme that inspires the entire film.
“This film, unlike the others, I didn’t make it with my head, I made it with my heart and for this reason childbirth is more sensitive but also very liberating”, acknowledged G. Iñárritu.
This is how González Iñárritu presented ‘Bardo’ in Venice
Produced by Netflix -present with four films and a series-, the film aspires to the highest award, which will be awarded on September 10 by a jury headed by actress Julianne Moore.
“I am grateful for the support and the absolute freedom that they have granted me,” said the filmmaker, who had not shot a feature film for seven years.
“I am less and less interested in reality in cinema (…) Reality is limbo,” he says after paying tribute to the film masters who have inspired him: Luis Bunuel, Federico Fellini, Alejandro Jodorowski, Roy Anderson.
“They are teachers who have taught us to use the resources of cinema as something liberating,” he confessed when speaking of dreams, which although they appear chaotic in the film, are the result of a precise mise-en-scène.
“Everything was very clear. There was nothing improvised,” he said.
The film competes along with other 22 films among them 5 Italians and 5 French, Directed by renowned filmmakers. Another Latin American, the Argentine Santiago Mitercompete on Saturday with the film Argentina, 1985about the historic ruling against the first three military junta of the dictatorship (1976-1983).
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