Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Official Oscar© Selection—Mexico
The latest film from five-time Academy Award-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Birdman, Amores Perros) tells the story of Silverio, a journalist and documentarian living in Los Angeles who is scheduled to receive a significant industry award for his accomplishment. However, a few days before the ceremony, Silverio decides to return to his home country of Mexico for a seemingly simple trip. The experience, however, quickly drops Silverio into an existential journey as he navigates difficult memories, familial relationships, the history of his home country, and how to shape his personal identity amidst it all. This narrative mirrors much of director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s own struggle to navigate the after-effects of great success and its impact on his ability to feel at home in any one place.
Presentation of Craft Award to Eugenio Caballero by Scot Safon (VAFF Board), followed by discussion between Eugenio Caballero and Carlos Aguilar (LA Times, The Wrap, AV Club).
Eugenio Caballero is the Academy Award-winning production designer of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. He has also worked with Jim Jarmusch (The Limit of Control), Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet), Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), and Alejandro Iñárritu (Bardo).
This film is part of the The Highlighting Cinema of Mexico Focus supported by Mexican Cultural Institute in D.C.
“Impossible to deny the strength of the startling array of thoughts and concepts which Inarritu has brought to life.”
-Screen International, Fionnuala Halligan
Saturday, November 5