Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film up for 7 Academy Awards



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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

A week after his film Babel was nominated for seven Academy Awards, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu spoke with Metro about his desires, his fears, what makes him angry and what he likes.

The “very strong fullness” that the Mexican filmmaker is living now makes him feel calm, but he adds, “I can still sleep without an Academy Award.”

Babel is the story of a Mexican immigrant, a Japanese teenager and two Americans who have an encounter in Africa. The film garnered one of the highest awards on the awards circuit when it received the Golden Globe for best picture earlier this month. In addition, last spring Inarritu was named best director for the film at the Cannes Film Festival.

For a man who was once the creative director of a hectic Mexican radio station Inarritu comes across as happy and relaxed. Slow and sharp with his responses, he answers to one film critic’s statement that said Babel was not worthy of the Oscar, because it is a “racist” film: “I don’t know who (he) is, but maybe the racist is him.”

In addition to the incredible success of Babel, Inarritu is also happy to see 16 Oscar nominations for actors, actresses, scriptwriters, cameramen and musicians who worked on Mexican films last year.

“It is a big success, without precedent,” says Inarritu. “No other country has had as many nominations, not even France, nor Italy ... I will be enjoying it.

“I deeply believe that everyone’s job is superior, worthy of recognition.”

The director of Amores Perros and 21 Grams has great expectations for the future and would like to work with Spanish actresses Maribel Verdu, Victoria Abril as well as Mexican actress Salma Hayek and American actress Scarlett Johansson. He would also like to direct the sequel to Y Tu Mama Tambien, which was originally directed by Alfonso Cuaron, with Verdu and Mexican actors actors Gael Garcia and Diego Luna.

For now he is content to savour the accolades his film has received and he looks forward to the 79th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 25th in Los Angeles.

“I will go out that night to celebrate with my friends, my collaborators, with Alfonso (Cuaron) and Guillermo del Toro.”