Netflix has picked up Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Bardo, False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths and plans a global theatrical release later this year prior to debuting on the platform
The film, which bulks up the streamer’s awards season war chest, marks the Oscar-winning Mexican auteur’s first since The Revenant in 2015 and is his first film to shoot in Mexico since his 2000 breakout Amores Perros.
The theatrical release will encompass Mexico, the US, Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Japan and Korea, among others. Netflix has given international theatrical releases prior to the platform launch for the likes of Roma, Marriage Story and The Hand Of God in the past.
Currently in post-production and expected to wrap by autumn, Bardo shot on 65mm and tells 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. Bardo stars Daniel Giménez Cacho and Griselda Siciliani.
Iñárritu co-wrote the screenplay with Nicolás Giacobone, his collaborator on Birdman and Biutiful. The cinematographer is Darius Khondji (Amour, Se7en).
“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.
Iñárritu won the best directing Oscars for 2014’s Birdman and 2015’s The Revenant.