Watch: Alejandro G. Iñárritu says he’s taking a break from filmmaking
As his new film Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths hits Netflix, Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has revealed he doesn’t know when — or if — he’ll make another movie.
He’s “in no rush at the moment ‘to make another movie,'” he told Yahoo UK, though he wouldn’t rule that out entirely.
“I think it will depend. I’m not hungry now, let me put it that 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 some silence, I think.”
Seven years have passed since the release of his previous film, the multi-award winning The Revenant, although the gap between the two films was not deliberately planned. For the first two years he worked on a virtual reality installation, which he describes as “a beautiful project”, but he admits that he “enjoys the time between one film and another.
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“I think the silence between films, at least for me, is what informs, nourishes and cultivates this inner, intimate life that we create. I found the Bardo reason between one and the other, but I think I’m very slow and I’m not prolific,” he explained.
Watch a trailer for Bardo, a false chronicle of a handful of truths
” I take my time. I like my life and I like to devote myself to certain other things which are much more important than the cinema. Cinema demands so much of your life. It takes your life away from you. I enjoy my life and I want to live my life and I think the Bardo guy has regrets so I learned from that.
At the center of Iñárritu’s film is journalist and filmmaker Silvario (Daniel Giménez Cacho), who looks back on his success in an attempt to come to terms with his past, present and identity as a Mexican. While co-writing the screenplay, he drew inspiration from his own life for crucial story sequences, which was also filmed in his home country of Mexico. It was the first time he had come back in twenty years.
Iñárritu won the Best Director Oscar for The Revenant, following his Oscars the previous 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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Alongside Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Bardo’s ensemble cast includes Griselda Siciliani as their wife, and newcomers Ximena Lamadrid and Iker Sanchez Solano, who play their teenage children.
Bardo, a false chronicle of a handful of truths is broadcast on Netflix from December 16.