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González Iñárritu reveals what inspired him to film ‘Bardo’: “I made this film from the wounds”

One week before the premiere of the long-awaited film Bardo, False Chronicle of a Few Truths, Alejandro G. Iñárritu spoke with Azucena Uresti on the production of this personal feature film; In an interview, the Mexican director commented that he captured a large part of his own story, his dreams and emotions in this film. Starring Daniel Giménez Cacho, Bardo, False Chronicle of a Few Truths explores the life of a journalist who returns to his country to find in his past a true answer to his present paradigms. The film will be released in theaters on October 27 for then be part of the Netflix content grid.

Ask: In this movie I felt everything. I am still very shocked because I think about the movie and there are many feelings; I felt frustration, to those who saw it, you made us wonder if some decisions in our life have been correct. We have all experienced grief, loss, distance from the family… There is a beautiful sadness, it is what I felt.

Gonzalez Inarritu: Absolutely. Beauty only has its origin in wounds. Wounds are the great teachers, the things they teach us, I made this film from there, I call it “nostalgic comedy”. There is a lot of humor, there is laughter, I wanted to see all things from the light. This movie, instead of being a deep black water dive, It is a walk on the surface with snorkel where you can see the depths from the light, but with all its shades, the grays and the depths. I think I built it that way because, at my age, I realize that It is also worth freeing yourself or laughing at what at a given moment was painful. That is the learning.

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Special)

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Special)

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Special)

What does 'Bardo' mean, the title of González Iñárritu's new film?

What does 'Bardo' mean, the title of González Iñárritu's new film?

What does ‘Bardo’ mean, the title of González Iñárritu’s new film?
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The emotional cost of doing Bard

Ask: One question I asked myself when I was watching it is How much did it cost you, emotionally, to make this film? because it is a confession, a confession of your mind.

Gonzalez Inarritu: Much. It is a film that required me deep introspection. It ends up being an intimate, very intimate, self-fiction, where it is a chronicle, there is nothing true. It is a kind of x-ray of a quantity of emotions, feelings, reflections, fears, dreams, guilt, imagination, what we are, what human beings are built from, our existence is much more contradictory; we go from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the profound to the absurd and all the past that builds us, how we weave together our narratives, our events. That is why I chose the chronicle as a genre that allows personal notes, political notes, dream notes… Yes, there is a kind of guacamole, a mural, a pastiche, a collage of ideas, where there is no narrative structure like in other films I have made. Here the center of gravity is emotional, yes I think that required me, where I share very intimate things, trying to recover personal memories, but also the collective memory of our country, of enormous events that have defined who we are as Mexicans.

Is Bard a political film?

Ask: We see everything; the child heroes, the Chapultepec forest, Hernán Cortés… And then we come to that shocking scene, that scene in the Zócalo and also in the historic center, where you talk about the disappeared, about the militarization in the country, of the disappeared who are neither alive nor dead, a tragedy with which this country has been burdened and which is leaving very deep traces. It is also a political film.

Gonzalez Inarritu: Every movie is political. He talks about the powers and that, furthermore, it is not particularly from this time, it is since I was a child. 1968 happened in my childhood and it has been developing and manifesting itself in different ways. They are phenomena that are permanent and they simply manifest themselves in different ways, but they are evident since I was born and that they have not evolved, they have not improved. Sometimes a little better, sometimes a little worse, but we continue with this feeling of uncertainty, which is what the character experiences all the time.

Alejandro González Iñárritu interviews Azucena

Alejandro González Iñárritu interviews Azucena

Alejandro González Iñárritu interviews Azucena

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Alejandro González Iñárritu in interview (Special)

Alejandro González Iñárritu in interview (Special)

Alejandro González Iñárritu in interview (Special)

The creative process and the result of the film Bardo

Ask: What did you feel when you finally saw them? What was your sensation, your feeling?

Gonzalez Inarritu: I was editing the film for almost a year, so if you are very close and you put the little pieces together and when you just split up it is still very close, the possibility of seeing it as you see it is very unobjective, for example, because each one of the scenes remind me millions of times when we made it and things like that. The The moment of writing was the most beautiful because there I was, and fiction demanded of me, even if it is fiction and even if that person is not me, I do know what that person is talking about, I do know what he feels and during that process, which is very introspective, in some way I was not trying to find the truth of the facts, as the character says, memory lacks truth, it only has emotional conviction. I was looking for the truth of that emotion and then how to put all this mosaic together and how to string it together because the film is made of very elusive material. When you ask me “what is it about?”, well, I can’t explain it, because what is the dream about? I don’t know, but I can describe things. This movie is a dream; I shot it in 65mm, the audio design took us 8 months and I want to invite people to the cinema, we premiere it next week, because I do believe that it is an immersive experience, you have to dive into the sensory and live it as a cinematographic experience.

Bardo’s connection to the human

Ask: You have to see it in the cinema, on the largest possible screen, because the audio is indeed immersive, it takes you to the film, the images are extraordinary, the way you captured reality is very impressive. Everyone identifies with something in the film, something different. That’s magical. Someone with family, with grief, with loss, with success, with migration, with violence… That’s magic.

Gonzalez Inarritu: More than magic, from my personal perspective, I talk about universal issues that as Mexicans, as human beings, it does not matter if you are a migrant or not, there is a feeling of connection because it talks about paternity, adolescence, loss of parents… Yes, there are issues that connect us all and I think that the more intimate and personal it is a film, the more universal it becomes, because it is from someone’s intimacy and honesty. When you talk to a friend who is honest, those feelings belong to you too.

Azucena Uresti interviewing Iñárritu (Special)

Azucena Uresti interviewing Iñárritu (Special)

Azucena Uresti interviewing Iñárritu (Special)

Was pain necessary to create Bardo?

Ask: You didn’t experience everything that appears, but you know what it feels like in certain situations. Do you think that an artist necessarily has to be a tormented artist, who has suffered, who has had a bad time, in order to empathize?

Gonzalez Inarritu: No. This movie has a great sense of humor, it frees me a lot of things. I think it’s important learn from pain, there are things that at some point were painful. Our life sails between pain, happiness and joy. It’s very liberating to be able to laugh at one’s pain, to see it in some perspective, to break free and let it go in that way. Silverio Gama, masterfully played by Daniel Giménez Cacho, is not devious, he does not react to things. For me, he is living in a dream that is observing things, circumstances and sorrows come, but it is the way we either react or respond to them and that is the difference of being devious or not.

Alejandro González Iñárritu talks about Bardo (Special)

Alejandro González Iñárritu talks about Bardo (Special)

Alejandro González Iñárritu talks about Bardo (Special)

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