Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu and the crisis of intellectuals (and cinema): 'Who knows where we will see the films, but it doesn't matter'

The Mexican director goes back to his origins in his “Bardo - The false chronicle of some truths”, in competition at the Venice Film Festival. At the center an autobiographical story reread in a dreamlike and surreal perspective

  79th Venice Film Festival Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu in competition in Venice with Bardo: here he is on the red carpet Photo Video

It is an intimate and surreal journey that Alejandro González Inarritu makes in his film Bardo, The false chronicle of some truths . The film is in competition at the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival and marks the return to Mexico for the Oscar-winning director after 21 years. And it comes seven years later Revenant and winning three Academy Awards statuettes. A path full of awards, but during which, Inarritu himself tells us, there was no shortage of regrets - Photo | video

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THE BARD - The title of the film refers to the limbo told by the Buddhist tradition, a kind of purgatory from which one cannot go back or go forward. And it is precisely in this psychophysical space that the protagonist of the film, Silverio (Daniel Giménez Cacho) is blocked: an intellectual, a highly successful Mexican journalist who, after years spent in the United States and around the world telling stories, returns in his country of origin. It is not a painless journey for this middle-aged man who has lost himself: as the director himself explains, moving away from your origins puts you in a situation of instability, to the point of even doubting your own identity or the truth itself. : “I also experienced this feeling. I am very Mexican to Americans and very American to Mexicans. I'm in one no man's land , As an immigrant (even if privileged) I am no longer neither inside nor outside ”.

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THE INTELLECTUAL CRISIS - Silverio enters a profound existential crisis after his return to Mexico, questioning the granite truths that have always supported him in his work and life. When he receives a prestigious award, he realizes that he has lost something of himself: the relationships with his family, his roots, the closeness to the disadvantaged people whose stories he told. A situation that Inarritu himself experienced: “Success is a bitter sweet condition. Far from complaining because I would be ridiculous, but if on the one hand you find yourself in a privileged and fortunate position at the same time you end up having so many obligations and expectations and with the feeling that nothing is enough. But success has a cost, cinema demands a lot physically and intellectually. Time goes fast and you feel like you are missing something. There is a bit of regret, as you get older you realize it '.

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FIRST AT THE CINEMA AND THEN IN STREAMING - Written by Inarritu together with Nicolas Giacobone, Bardo will hit theaters and then hit Netflix on December 16th. There are four films presented by the streaming platform in this Film Festival (the others are White Noise , Athena and Blonde ), all highly anticipated films. The cinema crisis is certainly a recurring theme of this festival and on this point the director is conciliatory: “I have seen Bergman, Fellini and Buñuel on television or on VHS of terrible quality. I also stopped them to go to the bathroom. There is no place for all the cinema in the world in cinemas. In the future who knows where we will see the films, but it doesn't matter. Only ideas count ”.