Friday, January 11, 2008

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Who is Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu? He is one of my favourite director. I have watched few of his films and ever since then, I am a big fan of Iñárritu's work.

Born in México City, Mexico, in 1963, Alejandro González Iñárritu started his show-business career in 1984 as a DJ at top-rated Mexican radio station WFM. At the same time he studied filmmaking and theater. From 1988 to 1990 he composed music for six Mexican features, including Garra de tigre (1989). In the 1990s he became one of the youngest producers in Mexican TV when he was in charge of the production of Televisa, Mexico's most important TV company. After leaving Televisa he started Zeta Films, his own company. He began writing and shooting TV advertising for Mexican television (some of them can be seen in his first feature, Amores perros (2000)). However, for him those commercials were just rehearsals for a future movie. At the same time he continued his studies of filmmaking in Maine and Los Angeles, under Polish director Ludwik Margules. His first half-length feature, "Detrás del dinero", was produced in 1995 for Televisa and starred Spanish actor Miguel Bosé.

Looking for good stories, he read a lot of scripts and one day was introduced to Guillermo Arriaga, a screenwriter, and they planned to make 11 shorts to show the contradictory nature of Mexico City. After three years and 36 drafts, they ended up settling on only three stories and expanding them. That movie, "Amores Perros", became a major hit at its release at the Festival de Cannes 2000, where it received the award of the best film by the Semaine de la Critique, and went on to huge worldwide success. It also earned an Oscar nomination for best foreign movie.

In 2002 González Iñárritu was one of the directors involved in the making of 11'09''01 - September 11 (2002), a film about the influence of the terrorist attack of 9/11 on the world. Also participating in the film were such major filmmakers as Wim Wenders, Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Amos Gitai and Sean Penn.

The success of those films opened the doors of Hollywood to Alejandro. His second feature, 21 Grams (2003), was also written by Arriaga, was shot in English and starred Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts. All received Academy Award nominations for their participation.

And the best one for me is "Babel". Main characters Pitt and Blanchett leave their two children in San Diego to spend quality time in Morrocco. Blanchett is shot by a stray bullet coming from a Morrocan goat farmer son who is testing out a new rifle. She almost dies while she is waiting to be transported to a hospital. Their trip gets extended and the Mexican housekeeper who is watching the two children has a son who is getting married immediately in Mexico. She has no one to watch the children so she takes them across the border for the wedding. The wedding is over and she has her drunk gun-toting nephew drive her across the border. They get stopped, decide to run for it, the nephew dumps them in the desert and leaves. They almost die but get found by a Border Patrol agent. The kids are returned and the Mexican housekeeper/nanny gets deported back to Mexico. Also, squeeze in a crazy deaf/mute Japanese teenage girl with a hairy monster that wants to lose her virginity....

Babel invents multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Japan, Mexico and the United States. It was an international co-production among production companies based in France, Mexico and the USA. The film was first screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and was later shown to audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Zagreb Film Festival. January 15, 2007, it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and two nominations for Best Supporting Actress and won one for Best Original Score.

I'm impressed with Babel, it's simply great,inteligent and touching.

3 mulut cakap2 belakang:

Adam-ArJuna said...

i watched BABEL already..great storyline and outstanding acting from all casts.

mmg best! but for those who didnt prefer to watch the 'oscar style movie', plz..dont ever try to watch coz u will sleep at the beginning of movie.'s heavy dude..!!

BABEL similar to CRASH which also won for the best movie in Academy. if u luv Crash, u will love Babel..

ray eusouff said...

the film is quite universal. It's about how important communication to us. As mentioned it is quite intelligent film. So, people who are a thinker...this is a movie for you.

Adam, next me if you want to watch similiar genre in theaters.


Liya said...

Liya dah ngk and mmg best sbb ada brad pitt..hahahah (joking)
cite ni mmg lain dari yang lain. bakat pitt sangat terserlah dlm filem ni.