Watch: Alejandro G. Iñárritu Says He’s Taking A Break From Making Movies
As his new movie Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths hits Netflix, Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has revealed that he doesn’t know when or if he’ll make another movie.
He’s “in no rush” to make another film at the moment,’ he explained to Yahoo UK, though he’s not ruling out the possibility altogether.
“I think it will depend. I’m not hungry right now, let’s put it this way. Bardo was a huge full meal so I’m not thinking about dinner. I am very satisfied with this experience.
“Now it’s time to get a little quiet, I think.”
It’s been seven years since the release of his previous film, the multi-award-winning The Revenant, though the split between the two films wasn’t intentionally planned. He spent the first two years working on a virtual reality installation, which he describes as “a wonderful project,” but admits that he “appreciates the time between one movie and the next.
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“I think the silence between films, at least for me, is what informs, nurtures and cultivates this internal, intimate life that we create. I found the reason for Bardo between one and the other, but I think I’m very slow and unproductive,” he explained.
Watch a trailer for Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
“I take my time. I love my life and I like to dedicate myself to certain other things that are much more important than film. Cinema demands so much from your life. It takes your life out of you. I value my life and I want to live my life and I think the man in Bardo has regrets, so I learned from that.”
At the center of Iñárritu’s film is journalist and filmmaker Silvario (Daniel Giménez Cacho), who reflects on his success in an attempt to reconcile his past, present and identity as Mexican. In co-writing the script, he drew on his own life for pivotal sequences in the story, which was also filmed in his home country of Mexico. It was the first time in twenty years that he had returned.
Iñárritu won the Oscar for Best Director for The Revenant, following his Academy Awards last year – Best Original Screenplay and Best Director – for Birdman, which also won Best Picture.
The films were preceded by a series of critical successes, including Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006), and Biutiful (2010). His Best Director nomination for Babel made him the first Mexican director to be nominated in that category.
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In addition to Daniel Gimenez Cacho, the cast of Bardo includes Griselda Siciliani as his wife, and newcomers Ximena Lamadrid and Iker Sanchez Solano, who play their teenage children.
Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths streams on Netflix on December 16.