Alejandro G. Inarritu Returns to Mexico in “Baldo”

VENICE, ITALY (AP) — Alejandro G. Iñárritu left Mexico with his family on September 1, 2001. They had decided to move to Los Angeles for his year. But one of them he turned 21. In Los Angeles, Iñárritu’s filmmaking career flourished. He won his five Oscars (two for Best Director, one for Best Picture) and worked with many top movie stars. But he longed for Mexico.

His new film, Bardo (or False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths), is both a return to his homeland and a deeply personal (and downright surreal) expression and interpretation of that yearning. There is also. It had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday night, making it one of the competition titles.

Returning to Mexico to make the film was “like being in the mirror and reuniting with a friend. Not at all. People think I’m different. It was like a literal reinterpretation.”

However, ‘Bardo’ is not about filmmakers like Iñárritu. His stand-in is a journalist and documentarian (Daniel Gimenez Cacho), who left Mexico for Los Angeles 20 years ago and returned home with great success.

“This film, like all films, was developed by my heart, not my heart,” Iñárritu said through a translator before the film’s premiere. “I didn’t want to write an emotional autobiography. That wasn’t my purpose…but I was trying to reveal a lot about myself and give meaning to these feelings. ”

The film also tackles ideas about success. One character says he can take a sip of success, but has to spit it out later because it can be addicting. He inherited success and then lost it, he said.

“Success was important to me. You want to be successful. I’m facing a challenge, success requires a change of priorities, for me it’s more like a learning process and I’ve had success, so I tried to include this sentence at a key moment .”

“Bardo” opens in theaters on November 18th and on Netflix on December 16th.

Netflix has given him “total freedom,” he said.

“The film will also be shown in theaters in Mexico and the United States, which I really appreciate,” he said. “This is special and important to me.”

But while Iñárritu appreciates the sanctity of theater, he also says that a good part of his own film education came from watching movies on television, commercials, or low-quality VHS tapes. . In other words, he’s not particularly concerned about people watching his movies at home, getting distracted, etc.

“What’s left is our idea,” he said. “A movie is a movie.”

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