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Javier Bardem joined TheWrap’s Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman at the ArcLight in Sherman Oaks for a spirited discussion before a packed house, part of the site’s ongoing Academy Screening Series. Bardem says he shied away from the challenging role at first. “I got scared because I knew this was a life journey, not a performance,” he [...]

Biutiful friends

December 5th, 2010

A long list of Hollywood influentials are coming out to support Biutiful. Following the film’s New York City premiere, an impressive group joined Iñárritu and Bardem and wife Penelope Cruz for dinner, including Miuccia Prada, Ingrid Sischy, Sandy Brant, Al Pacino, Patricia Clarkson, Todd Solondz, Paul Haggis, Holly Hunter, Alicia Keys, Claire Danes, Gabourey Sidibe, Moby, [...]

On the red carpet for the NYC premiere of Biutiful, director Alejandro González Iñárritu shared his thoughts on the working with Javier Bardem. “For me this is a very personal project,” said González Iñárritu. “Because of the themes it broaches, because I risked everything and put it all in. And [Javier] felt equally close to [...]

Writing in Newsweek, Caryn James offers this review of Biutiful. “Alejandro González Iñárritu (director of Babel and 21 Grams) and Javier Bardem (the No Country for Old Men and Sea Inside Bardem, not the witty seducer in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) aren’t the cheeriest pair around, but in the deeply felt, eloquent Biutiful, their collaboration is inspired. Bardem plays Uxbal, a petty criminal [...]

Javier Bardem On Uxbal

November 18th, 2010

Javier Bardem always wanted to work with Alejandro González Iñárritu and vice versa – and the two finally come together with Biutiful. González Iñárritu had Bardem in mind for Uxbal even as the character first emerged in his imagination. When he showed Bardem the script, the actor’s reaction was instantaneous. “It had a deep impact [...]

Writing in The Wrap, Steve Pond says Biutiful “is as powerful as it is sorrowful; it creates, and sustains, a gentle, piercing mood that’s hard to shake afterwards. This is a film that sticks with you, with a towering lead performance from Bardem that absolutely should put him in the thick of the Best Actor race.” [...]

Writing in The New York Times, Karen Durbin takes a look at five breakout performances, including Maricel Alvarez in BIUTIFUL. “With her majestic nose and modest chin, the acclaimed Argentine stage actress and choreographer Maricel Alvarez may not be conventionally pretty, but it doesn’t matter because she’s captivating,” Durbin writes. “Ms. Alvarez gradually inflects Marambra’s [...]

Sixty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards. BIUTIFUL, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, is the official submission for Mexico. Writing in Deadline, Mike Fleming writes “While the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed BIUTIFUL already figured to be an Oscar contender, for a performance by Javier Bardem that [...]

Iñárritu On BIUTIFUL

October 27th, 2010

After having globe-trotted with Babel, I thought I had explored enough multiple lines, fractured structures and crossing narratives. Each of the films I have made has been shot in a different language, in a different country. At the end of Babel, I was so exhausted I made it a point that my next film would [...]