“Bardo (False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths)” hit Lido at Venice Film Festival and telluride The film festival earlier this month, Alexandru G. Iñárrituhis first film since “The Revenant.” But those projections are now a test case for Iñárritu’s latest. Indiewire reports that ahead of more festival dates and the film premiering on Netflixthe director cut 22 minutes from “Bardo”, reducing the running time to 2 hours and 32 minutes without credits.
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The first time I saw my film was with 2,000 people in Venice,” Iñárritu told Zoom. “It was a nice opportunity to see and learn about things that could benefit from being tied up a bit, adding a scene that never made it in time, and moving the order of a thing or two. Little by little, I got it together and I’m really excited about it.” And the process is not over yet. “Honestly, I’m going to keep doing this until it’s released to get the best movie I can,” he continued. “Never finish a movie. Deadlines just ask you to deliver it.”
So what drove the film’s mixed early reception? Not really, as Iñárritu will avoid any reviews of “Bardo” until he has completely finished the film. “I want to reiterate that I have not read a single review for my sanity,” he said. “There is no one better than me to know all the dots that connect and how they might connect better.” Instead, it’s more that Iñárritu is already known for changing his films after their world premieres. He did it with both of them”21 grams” and “Babel” following their festival debut. “If I could, I would keep editing all year,” the director said. “I would like to continue working with this film for the rest of my life.”
But is “Bardo” a different film now that Iñárritu cut over twenty minutes from it? Again, no, for the director, it’s more about tweaking certain scenes so that the film flows better. For example, an extended dance floor sequence that serves as a major centerpiece for the film remains untouched, while a small additional scene highlights the film’s protagonist a bit more. “Most of the film is untouched,” Iñarritu said. “It was really about getting the internal pacing of certain scenes right.” And that internal rhythm matters to Iñárritu more than the film’s final length. “I’ve seen movies that are 80 minutes and too long,” he said, “or three and a half hours and not too long at all. There is nothing more powerful than seeing the film with the audience. That helped me.”
“Bardo” continues its festival circuit with London Film Festival and AFI Fest before Netflix gives the film a limited theatrical release on November 18. It then begins streaming on Netflix on December 16. And for Iñárritu, this is the final deadline for the film, so you never know; may continue to cut “Bardo” until its release on Netflix. In the meantime, watch the new trailer for the film below.
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