Excellent Trailer for ‘Biutiful’ Featuring Javier Bardem

One of the most praised films at the Cannes Film Festival in May was Alejandro González Iñárritu’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. Iñárritu’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.

[Source: Empire]

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  • Andrew R.

    I am going to say it’s got a shot in acting categories and MAYBE foreign film, but Picture? Well, it’s too foreign. Even with 10 slots, foreign films are going to have a tough time.

  • looks good… does it have US distribution?

  • No it hasn’t yet. Focus Features is handling international distribution, but no one has stepped up to the plate to do the U.S. distributing yet.

  • Jose

    Looks amazing, best actor? More than likely, foreign film? since its in english it’ll turn off some voters, it happened before but I forgot the name of the movie. It too was critically praised and it was about a band that got stuck somewhere in the middle east and it failed to get a foreign film nod because most of the film was in english.

  • Andrew R.

    @Jose-Because the film, whatever it was, was in English, it wouldn’t have gotten a nom. The film has to be at least 50% not in English. (Meaning Biutiful is out.)

  • Jose

    It was The Band’s Visit.

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