Iñárritu on ‘Bardo’: Netflix is ​​like watching a VHS


“Bergman, Bunuel, Fellini, I’ve seen all their movies on TV in terrible quality and on VHS,” the Oscar-winning actor said.

Alejandro González Iñárritu goes back to basics of all kinds.

The Oscar-winning director has returned to his native Mexico to film the next 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 hit theaters in Mexico from October 27 before debuting in North American theaters on November 4. Netflix will release the title for streaming on December 16.

The special theatrical tour in both countries “is something that I really appreciate,” Iñárritu said during a Venice Film Festival press conference (via Deadline). “Not only because I was supported and left totally free, but [Netflix] was extremely generous in allowing people to experience this film in a movie theatre. This is something particularly important to me and it is an exceptional gesture from Netflix towards me. Because I think it’s a film that belongs to this type of experience.

However, that doesn’t mean 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 was studying cinema, in addition to exhibitions and festivals, Bergman, Bunuel, Fellini, I saw all their films on television with terrible quality and in VHS” , explained Iñárritu. “If I had to go to the bathroom, I would stop the film. So we all have to stop the screenings. But what remains are our ideas. A film is a film. It is only a means. A cathedral for cinema, a place where children are born.

“Bardo” is billed as a “nostalgic comedy versus epic personal journey” as a famed Mexican journalist and documentarian returns home to work through an existential crisis. The film is written by Iñárritu and Nicolás Giacobone, contributor to “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”, and stars Daniel Giménez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani, Ximena Lamadrid and Iker Solano. Iñarritu is also producing the feature film.

Netflix picked up the film in April 2022 and revealed an international theatrical rollout similar to fellow Oscar-winning Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Hand of God,” all of which have received an exclusive play. before a streaming premiere.

“Alejandro is one of the greatest modern filmmakers and one of our industry’s foremost visionaries,” said Scott Stuber, Netflix’s Global Film Director. “‘Bardo’ is a cinematic experience that inspired us to create a release strategy designed for the film to penetrate culture in the widest and widest way. We will give moviegoers around the world the opportunity to experience the film thanks to a worldwide theatrical release and the worldwide release of the film on Netflix.

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