“Bergman, Buñuel, Fellini, I saw all their movies on TV in lousy quality and on VHS,” the Oscar winner said.
Alejandro González Iñárritu is having a homecoming of many kinds.
The Oscar-winning director returned to his native Mexico to film the upcoming feature film “Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths,” after leaving for Los Angeles exactly 20 years ago. The Netflix film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and will play in theaters in Mexico starting October 27 before debuting in North American theaters on November 4. Netflix will release the title for streaming on December 16.
The special theatrical run in both nations “is something that I really appreciate,” Iñárritu said during a press conference at the Venice Film Festival (via Deadline). “Not only because they supported me and left me totally free, but [Netflix] has been extremely generous in allowing people to experience this film in a theater. This is something especially important to me and it is an exceptional gesture from Netflix for me. Because I think this is a film that belongs to this kind of experience.”
However, that does not mean that Iñárritu wants to “go against the grain” of streamers. In fact, the concept of watching movies at home dates back decades to the creation of the VHS tape, as the director of “The Revenant” explained.
“My generation has seen films by great authors and when I studied cinema, in addition to exhibitions and festivals, Bergman, Buñuel, Fellini, I saw all their films on TV with terrible quality and on VHS,” shared Iñárritu. “If I had to go to the bathroom, I would stop the movie. So we are all forced to stop the projections. But what remains are our ideas. A movie is a movie. It’s just a medium. A cathedral for cinema. It is a place where children are born.”
“Bardo” is billed as a “nostalgic comedy set on an epic personal journey” in which a famous Mexican journalist and documentarian returns home to work through an existential crisis. The film is written by Iñárritu and the collaborator of “Birdman or the unexpected virtue of ignorance” Nicolás Giacobone, and stars Daniel Giménez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani, Ximena Lamadrid and Iker Solano. Iñárritu also produces the feature film.
Netflix bought the film in April 2022 and revealed an international theatrical release similar to the Oscar-winning film “Roma” by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, Noah Baumbach’s “Story of a Marriage” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God”, who received an exclusive theatrical play. before a streaming premiere.
“Alejandro is one of the greatest modern filmmakers and one of the leading visionaries in our industry,” said Netflix Global Head of Film Scott Stuber. “’Bardo’ is a cinematic experience that has inspired us to create a release strategy designed to make the film penetrate the culture as big and wide as possible. We will provide movie lovers everywhere with the opportunity to experience the film through a world premiere in theaters and the world premiere of the film on Netflix.”