Alejandro G. Iñárritu has made his latest film since the release of “The Revenant” in 2015, with ‘BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths’. The film marks his first Spanish-language feature since 2010’s “Biutiful.”
The movie will also mark the first time Iñárritu teams up with cinematographer Darius Khondji, who has worked on a slew of acclaimed films, which recently include “Uncut Gems,” “Okja,” and “The Lost City of Z.”
The film, which will represent Mexico in this year’s Best International Picture Oscar competition, is described as “a nostalgic comedy that focuses on one’s grand adventure.
In a recent interview with The Film Stage, Khondji recalled a conversation he had with Iñárritu that drew him into wanting to make the film, after reading the script:
“It was the hardest moment of COVID. It was January of last year; there was no vaccine and we were going to Mexico from France, where I live. We had a few conversations over the phone. I hadn’t read the script yet, but he was just very inspiring—you know, the conversation. At some point, he said, ‘Hang on, Darius, you haven’t read the script.’ He doesn’t send the script so easily but he sent it to me and it was incredible. But the director is really what triggers my desire to work them. Again, it’s another very personal film. I can’t talk much about it, you know?”
Its plot synopsis reads, “BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths is a nostalgic comedy set against an epic personal journey. It chronicles the story of a renowned Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker who returns home and works through an existential crisis as he grapples with his identity, familial relationships, the folly of his memories as well as the past of his country. He seeks answers in his past to reconcile who he is in the present.”
Written by Iñárritu and Nicolas Giacobone, and starring Daniel Giménez Cacho and Griselda Siciliani, “BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” will have a Mexican release on October 27, followed by US, Spain, and Argentina on November 4.