Alejandro G. Iñárritu Debut Feature Amores Perros – The Hollywood Reporter

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, his Bardo, A False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths Mexico’s submission for the international feature Oscar this year is the Academy favorite: its films have been nominated for 33 Oscars, winning eight, and they’ve been nominated seven times and won four, including picture, director and original screenplay. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)and directors The Revenant. But when the writer-director made his first feature, Amores perosHe was largely unknown — and the film’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film was a surprise.

Emilio Echevarría, Goya Toledo and Gael García Bernal star in different roles whose lives unexpectedly intersect, Peros considered “long and excruciatingly violent” by THR Critic David Hunter noted that it “perhaps too cleverly focuses on the gruesome car wreck that opens the film and is replayed several times.”

Nevertheless, it was a critical and commercial success and marked a surge in Mexican cinema on a global scale. “Mexicans used to be afraid to explore deeper, to take care of themselves, but that’s changed in the last few years,” Iñárritu said. THR.

Filming in Mexico City had its snags, as the director recalled in 2001: “We were outside a house that we wanted to use as a location. Suddenly, two men aged 13 and 15 came there with big guns. They threw us on the ground, shouted, took everything from us. Instead of being distracted by the incident, Innerritu cast both young men as extras in the film.

“One doesn’t exactly come across as refreshing,” said THR of the grim film, “except perhaps for the promising talent shown by the newcomer filmmakers.”

This story first appeared in the November stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, Click here to subscribe.

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