Somehow, it’s seven years since The Revenant hit cinemas. The last film from Alejandro G. Iñárritu – the one that finally saw Leonardo DiCaprio bag his Best Actor award at the Oscars – came out way back in 2015. Now, there’s good news for anyone who’s been patiently waiting for Iñárritu’s return – he officially has a new film on the way, and we’ll see it before the year is out on Netflix.
Titled BARDO, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths (as catchy a title as Birdman Or), the film has just been acquired by the streaming service – and looks set to be Netflix’s Oscar hope come the end of 2022. It’s set in Mexico City, where it was shot on location, and is described as “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.” The film stars Daniel Giménez Cacho and Griselda Siciliani.
Before it comes to streaming, BARDO – which was shot on 65mm film – will get “a theatrical release on a global scale”, Netflix has confirmed. "Alejandro is one of the greatest modern filmmakers and one of the leading visionaries in our industry,” said Netflix Head of Global Film Scott Stuber. “BARDO is a cinematic experience that has inspired us to create a release strategy designed for the film to penetrate culture in the biggest and widest way. We will give film lovers everywhere the opportunity to experience the film through a global theatrical release and the film’s worldwide release on Netflix. Having known Alejandro for a long time, I am personally very excited to finally be able to work alongside him and to bring his film to a global audience." Bring on the BARDO.