The three-hour play by Alejandro G Iñárritu Bardo (False chronicle of a handful of truths) received a warm welcome at its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday night. Six minutes of applause began inside the Big Room as the credits rolled, with attendees on their feet for the Oscar-winning filmmaker for about four of those.
Written by Iñárritu and Nicolás Giacobone, Bard is billed as a nostalgic comedy set on an epic personal journey. It tells 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, family relationships, the insanity of his memories of him, and his country’s past, all while searching for answers. in his past to reconcile who he is in the present.
This has been called Iñárritu’s most personal work to date, and also marks a return to Mexico. The director hasn’t shot a movie in his home country since the 2000s. loves dogs. Iñárritu said that September 1 (yesterday) also marked the anniversary of the day his family first left Mexico for Los Angeles more than 20 years ago.
Bard it is an intricate journey of a movie with beautifully shot images. Personally, I couldn’t help but think of Bob Fosse’s seminal 1979 work. all that jazzan equally thoughtful and mind-bending story about an artist, garnered nine Oscar nominations, converting four to wins.
Deadline’s Todd McCarthy shaped his review of Bard as a letter to the editor, writing: “Obviously, this is your 7½ to Fellini’s 8½a semi-autobiographical extravagance of the sort that a precious few elite directors have ever attempted.”
The general reaction has been mixed. Some have called it self-indulgent, however The Guardian, for example, gave it five stars.
Bard will next screen at the San Sebastian Film Festival and Netflix will release the film in North American theaters on November 4 before it airs on November 16.