One of the most praised films at the Cannes Film Festival in May was Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu’s Biutiful. The film stars Javier Bardem as a crooked Barcelona copper Uxbal who has 2-children to raise with his difficult ex-wife and has to constantly elude police, other criminals, and the threat of death. Suffice to say, his life is not simple. Bardem’s performance took home the top acting prize at Cannes and he is considered an early front runner for the 2011 Best Actor Oscar race. The film will be undergoing some minor edits before its U.S. release later this year.
The trailer for the film premiered on Empire early this morning and it is fantastic. It features a narrator delivering a sandstorm metaphor while images from the film flash non-sequentially. IÃ±Ã¡rritu’s signature camera style is evident in the detached camera shots where we feel more like an observer than a participator in the scene. Under all of that is a jarring soundtrack that features an acoustic Spanish guitar and distorted studio produced sounds. It seems to represent the clash of natural and chemical elements to create a chaotic atmosphere.
Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think. Does this seem like a real Oscar contender?
Biutiful will be released in theatres by Focus Features at the end of 2010.