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Encyclopedia > Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu (born 15 August 1963) is a Mexican film director. August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...


Alejandro González Iñárritu studied drama under Polish director Ludwig Margules, then studied directing with Judith Weston in Los Angeles. Returning to Mexico, he became a DJ on WMF, a high profile Mexican rock music station, and made his directorial debut doing television commercials. In 1988 he began composing music for Mexican feature films, including Garra de tigre (1989). By the time he was 27 he had become one of the youngest artistic directors of Televisa, a large Mexican network. In 1991 he founded a society for producing short and advertising films as well as television programs. In 1995 he directed his first television movie, Detrás del dinero.


In partnership with Guillermo Arriaga, Iñárritu planned to make 11 short films to show the contradictory nature of Mexico City, but settled on three of the stories and decided to expand them, melding them into one feature length film. Called Amores perros (1999), the gritty look at the underbelly of Mexican life won an Oscar® nomination for Best Foreign Film as well as a BAFTA Film Award for "Best Film not in the English Language," the Critics Week Grand Prize and Young Critics Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival as well as many more awards from festivals and societies around the world. The success of Amores perros won Iñárritu an invitation to the U.S. to direct the Universal/Focus feature film 21 Grams, starring Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. First though, he did the final short in the BMW The Hire series, called Powder Keg, and directed the Mexico segment of the independent feature 11'09"01 - September 11 (2002).


He is currently filming his new film "Babel"


Filmography

Movie poster of 21 Grams 21 Grams is a 2003 film written by Guillermo Arriaga and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. ... 11901 September 11 (2002, 135 min), is an international film from Samira Makhmalbaf (Iran), Claude Lelouch (France), Youssef Chahine (Egypt), Danis Tanovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso), Ken Loach (UK), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Mexico), Amos Gitaï (Israel), Mira Nair (India), Sean Penn (USA), Shohei Imamura... The BMW film series The Hire began as a series of five short films (each about five minutes long) produced for the Internet in summer 2001. ... Poster for Amores perros Amores perros (retitled Loves A Bitch in some English-speaking markets) is a 2000 Mexican film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Gael García Bernal. ...

External links

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0327944/) at the Internet Movie Database
  • BMW Films - watch Powder Keg (http://www.bmwfilms.com/)
  • Guardian interview, discussing Amores Perros (http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,6737,357271,00.html)
  • IndieWire interview (http://www.indiewire.com/people/int_Alejand_Gonzal_010330.html)

 
 

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