‘Biutiful’ opens Mexican film festival

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Monday 18 October 2010

 MORELIA, Mexico: Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, acclaimed for his movies “Babel” and “Amores Perros,” opened Morelia’s International Film Festival on Saturday with his newest work set against the plight of migrants.

Inarritu said, though, that “Biutiful” is not a movie with a sweeping theme about politics or despair — rather it is the story of a dying man discovering what is most important as life runs out.
The main character, Uxbal, played by Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem, lives and works in a Barcelona slum as a middleman for African and Chinese migrants who is dealing with a bipolar ex-wife and trying to make ends meet for his two children.
 Though the raw portrait of migrant life and their exploitation is a key secondary theme, the tragedies that unfold are not a commentary on immigration, Inarritu said. “I’m not trying to make them victims or saints,” he said. “I’m just trying to integrate them into a dialogue, show that they’re human beings with virtues and flaws, with their needs as parents and children.”

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