Oscars 2023: Iñárritu’s Bardo is Mexico’s Entry for the Best International Feature Oscar

‘Bardo’ as International Feature Submission

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s first feature since The Revenant and first film shot in Mexico since 2000 is headed to Netflix after opening in theaters from October 27.

The epic comedy, which also marks Iñárritu’s first Mexican feature since his 2000 breakout Amores Perros, will be released in theaters starting on October 27, before dropping on Netflix on December 16.

Daniel Giménez Cacho plays Silverio Gama, a renowned Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles, who, after being named the recipient of a prestigious international award, returns to his native country. But he’s unaware that this simple trip will push him to an existential limit sparked by family relationships, questions of cultural identity and changes to the country of his birth.

Iñárritu is no stranger at the Academy Awards, as the Mexican filmmaker already won the best director Oscar for Birdman and The Revenant in back-to-back years.

Bardo was shot in 65mm by Oscar-nominee Darius Khondji and was written by Iñárritu and Nicolás Giacobone. The film features production design by the Oscar-winning Mexican designer Eugenio Caballero.

Bardo, which also stars Griselda Siciliani, Ximena Lamadrid and Íker Sánchez Solano, has been shortened by 22 minutes after its festival play in Venice and Telluride