On Friday night at the Fanny Bar of the Film Academy’s Museum, a young man asked what the ruckus was about. “It’s a Netflix event. Three Mexican directors are coming,” replied the waitress as she prepared cocktails. Those three filmmakers were Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu, colleagues who share a homeland, an obsession with death and recent years marked by successes. With seven Oscars under their belts between all three of them, the gathering turned into a major Hollywood event on Friday night.
The evening started with some nostalgia. Del Toro remembers the first picture of the three traveling around the world. It was taken 16 years ago in February 2007 on the red carpet of the Oscars. The Guadalajara-born filmmaker was nominated for Pan’s Maze and Iñárritu received his first Best Director nomination for uproar, Both posed next to Cuaron. The career of the guys was taking off. He also did it as an entrepreneur with Cha Cha Cha, with whom he helped produce and distribute five films. The family photo popped up ten years later, in 2017, when the directors posed with Salma Hayek, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Emmanuel Lubezki in Cannes.
A lot has happened in these years. “Two weddings and 90 kilos later,” joked del Toro, who returned for a new awards season with Iñárritu. Both do it with films where they highlight their maturity as storytellers. Filmmaker from Guadalajara presents his adaptation pinocchioA stop motion animation film where fatherhood looks different, a subject he has meditated upon after losing both his parents size of water and his most recent film.
“There are a lot of people who are going on their biographies. We are in a moment of self-reflection, wondering where we are going,” del Toro said. The director cited some recent films where his collaborators looked back. Among them were Steven Spielberg in the fabelmansSam Mendes Inn kingdom of light why armageddon timeby James Gray.
Iñárritu is also promoting his most personal work. Bardo has proved challenging for viewers who follow his work as he was surprised loves dogs At the beginning of the 21st century. Iñárritu once commented to the director Roma what after uproar He felt the need to renew his film language. “I knew I needed to reinvent myself. I was sick of myself,” said the Oscar winner for birdman, The search began for that new tool to communicate BeautifulA film starring Javier Bardem that took him to Spain and back to Spanish after filming in English 21 grams why uproar, “My films are X-rays of an emotional moment. Even if you deny or suppress it. That’s why I can’t watch these movies. I can’t see things I can’t remember because they represent a time in life. He has an intensity that sometimes you don’t recognise,” he said in the conversation.
The focus is on what will be her television debut in streaming And with no films to promote in the current cycle, Alfonso Cuarón limited himself to serving only as a moderator. This was to the frustration of del Toro, who tried to ask the director some questions. son of man Avoided at all costs. Del Toro joked to the laughter of the David Geffen Auditorium, “I didn’t get the memo or what… here it says three dudes and this motherfucker doesn’t speak.”
Cuarón has been the center of gravity of a three-way friendship for decades. He and del Toro learned decades later that they were watching the same movie in the same theater. Cuarón’s family, originally from Mexico City, spent summers at Lake Chapala, a resort near Guadalajara. In those summer countries, minors, without knowing each other, marveled saint against vampire women, the werewolf why Raga,
Del Toro also recalled how he went to Cuarón’s house to tell him about the plot from start to finish. Pan’s Maze In front of a chicken broth. “In the end, we were both crying,” said the producer bad boy Who has confessed to the audience this Friday that he is the voice of all the demons that reside in his filmography. of those who appear Pacific Rim even the soul itself, ,I’ve identified with him ever since I first saw Frankenstein. I thought ‘He’s my Jesus. He is my saint,” he said.
On another occasion, Cuarón, who had been making films for years before filming only with my partnerOne day he called his friend and advised him to see loves dogs, It was the first film for someone who had taken training in advertising. Del Toro listened and believed then-González Iñárritu’s debut was “a masterpiece” with an extra 20 minutes. So he called her to tell her. Trust blossomed early in the relationship, and del Toro flew from Austin, Texas, to Mexico to convince her to get out the scissors and cut the second story that makes up the plot.
There was also talk of failure at night, regardless of the trajectories they achieved. “This morning he turned down a movie for me,” revealed del Toro, who will find out on January 24 whether he has pinocchio An Oscar nominee. Bardo It failed to be nominated for any Golden Globes. Netflix is in the final stages of campaigning for nominations.
Iñárritu affirmed that the experience gave him enough courage “to raise his voice in the face of rejection”. is used for example birdman, a film that the studio turned down for two years before finally getting made (and winning four Oscars in 2015). Bardo’s process was also difficult. He didn’t hear anything, but the need to do it was high, so he began to finance it and thought about putting his house up for sale to get it done. before the giant appeared streamingWho has already given shelter to all three friends.
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