Alejandro G. Iñárritu Wants To See Films Be ‘More Mysterious, More Poetic’ And Not Like ‘A Whore That Charges Money’

Alejandro G. Iñárritu has a lot to say about modern cinema and very little of it is positive.

While collecting the Honorary Heart award at the 2019 Sarajevo Film Festival, the “Birdman” director told Variety that film needs to have “a little more patience.”

It “needs much more contemplation” and to be “more mysterious, more impenetrable, more poetic, more soulful.”

He added that past productions “were exploring different ways of telling stories, trying to push language. Those have disappeared. Now it’s the big tentpoles… or the TV streaming experience.”

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Iñárritu warns that the “language” is changing. “The need of plot and narrative is so much that it’s starting to deform the way we can explore themes,” he said. “People are very impatient now, they are like: ‘Give me more. Kill somebody! Do something.’”

The Oscar-winning director points out the influence television has the movie industry.

“It is changing so fast that now the films have to immediately please the audience. They have to be global and they have to make a lot of money, so now they become a Coca-Cola commercial that has to please the world,” he said in a stab against the cash-grabbing blockbusters.

Iñárritu doesn’t need perfection, but he wants people to at least try.

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“The first film should not be perfect. That’s the poetry, it’s human, there’s something clumsy there — that’s exactly what I like,” he said. “The dirt, that’s what really makes the voice of [a storyteller], and I don’t want to take that out, and the temptation is to take that out. I cannot do it because I like that so maybe I’m not a good producer. I like people to express themselves how they are, including the mistakes. That’s why I suffer, I find myself in a dilemma.”

In an earlier conversation at the festival, Iñárritu noted that cinema is “an artistic form to express a personal view of the world, for others it’s just entertainment, for others it’s a medium to make money, an industry.” But either way he believes the method is the most important art form, however, it has become “an orgy of interests that are in the same bed, with poetic principles but at the same time it’s also a whore that charges money.”

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