“Bardo” in Venice: Alejandro G. Iñárritu receives a four-minute ovation

Will ‘Bardo’ be Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 3rd Best Director Oscar in a row after ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Revenant’? That’s a question many asked on the way to the Venice Film Festival, where the Netflix-supported “Bardo” had its world premiere in competition.

The three-hour drama, which ended at 00:15 Venetian time, earned a standing ovation of just over four minutes in the Sala Grande. A number of viewers began to leave before the film was over given the late hour, but the vast majority stayed to applaud Helmer.

Iñárritu was visibly moved by the shooting of his film, certainly one of his most personal endeavors to date, and had tears in his eyes as he hugged his cast and producers.

The film, which has drawn comparisons to Federico Fellini’s opus 8 1/2, has so far received mixed reviews, but audiences in Venice largely stuck with the film, enjoying Iñárritu’s visual spectacles, which are sometimes meandering but often profound and were touching.

Written by Iñárritu and Nicolás Giacobone, who worked on the Oscar-winning Birdman, Bardo tells the story of a Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker who returns home and faces an existential crisis while grappling with his identity and family deals with relationships. The film stars are Daniel Giménez Cacho and Griselda Siciliani. Remarkably, Bardo marks Iñárritu’s return to Mexico since his landmark directorial debut, Amores perros.

Bardo is Iñárritu’s first world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Netflix has several films debuting in Venice alongside Bardo. The streamer’s other debuts include Noah Baumach’s “White Noise” and Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde.” All three films compete for the Golden Lion.

“Alejandro is one of the greatest modern filmmakers and one of our industry’s leading visionaries,” said Scott Stuber, Netflix’s head of global film, as the streamer addressed the drama. “’Bardo’ is a cinematic experience that inspired us to develop a release strategy designed to allow the film to penetrate culture in the widest possible and broadest way. We will give movie lovers everywhere the opportunity to experience the film through a global theatrical release and the film’s global release on Netflix. Personally, having known Alejandro for a long time, I am very excited to finally be able to work with him and bring his film to a worldwide audience.”

Iñárritu’s last feature film, The Revenant, garnered 12 Academy Award nominations and earned him the Best Director award. Birdman won Best Picture in 2015, receiving a total of 9 nominations. It was Iñárritu’s first win as Best Director. Iñárritu’s career has been defined by his collaboration with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezski, but he teamed up with Darius Khondji on Bardo.

Bardo will hit theaters and stream on Netflix later this year.

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