Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu

The mentor

Published in 2014

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is celebrated for his films that capture the interconnectedness of human beings and mine the complex realm of dramatic realism. His successful career in film-making has recently been crowned by the many accolades for his latest film, Birdman.

Iñárritu’s curiosity began to reveal itself when he crossed the Atlantic twice in his teens, working on cargo boats greasing engines and living throughout Europe and Africa. Upon his return in 1983, he studied communications at Mexico’s Universidad Iberoamericana, while simultaneously starting his career as a radio host and radio station director. In the 1990s, he studied theatre with the eminent Ludwik Margules for three years as he formed his own production company, Z Films.

Iñárritu made his feature film debut in 2000 with Amores Perros, which was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film and received over 60 prizes worldwide. His follow-up film was the star-studded 21 Grams (2003), and, in 2006, he completed his trilogy with Babel, which earned him the Best Director Award at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, as well as seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. In 2010, Iñárritu ventured to Spain to make his fourth film, Biutiful, which was nominated for two Academy Awards. Exploring new territory in comedy, Birdman has won many of the world’s greatest cinema honours, including four 2015 Oscars – for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Additionally, Iñárritu has made four short films over the years: Powder Keg (2001, winner of a Cannes Lion); Darkness (2002), part of the collective feature film 11’09”01; Anna (2007) part of the feature To Each His Own Cinema, a collective celebration of the 60th annual Cannes Film Festival; and one experimental dance short, Naran Ja (2012). Iñárritu’s commercial work includes the Golden Lion winner at Cannes, Nike’s Write the Future (2010), the multi-award-winning P&G’s Best Job (2011) and Facebook’s first commercial, The Things That Connect Us (2012).