Friday, November 6, 2009

Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Biutiful' in Post Production

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu (left) and actor Javier Bardem

Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful stars Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Blanca Portillo (Broken Embraces) and Ruben Ochandiano (Broken Embraces). Produced by the Cha, Cha, Cha team of Iñárritu, Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, the film — about a man involved with shady/illegal dealings who is confronted by a childhood friend who is now a policeman — was at one pointed being touted as a feature at this year's Cannes and a potential 2010 awards season player but has been delayed despite completing shooting earlier in the year.

Iñárritu took a break from "Biutiful's" post-production schedule for his Tokyo International Film Festival commitments as head of the jury. We thank him for using his influence to make The Cove screening happen at the film festival! The festival this year has a "green" theme including "Green Carpet Arrivals". The Cove deals with the slaughter of some 23,000 dolphins a year by the Japanese town of Taijii -- and the alleged efforts by the Japanese government to cover up the town's crimes. Most of the Japanese population have no idea that this is going on.

Iñárritu still has at least three months of work left before the film's completion. "Over the next three months I will be immersed in that project and this festival actually [delayed] me a bit," the director said about the editing process. "But the festival gave me a little distance [from the film] that I needed, but [I will] return to post-production and it will be ready [next] year."

Biutiful will premiere at next year's Cannes Film Festival; count on it!

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