The winner of two consecutive Oscars for Best Director (Birdman in 2015, The Revenant in 2016), Alejandro G. Iñárritu is known for his exploration of the human condition, coupled with his visual style, which have established him as a force to be reckoned with. His debut feature film, the 2000 drama Amores Perros, was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and his two Best Director Oscars have earned the Mexican filmmaker a place in movie history next to Hollywood legends John Ford and Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
For Iñárritu's next feature film 21 Grams (2003), he ventured into English-language cinema, then followed with Babel (2006), which was set in four countries on three different continents and four different languages, and earned seven Academy Award nominations including Best Director and Best Picture. Each of these films breaks with traditional narrative structures; fragmenting time and space and shifting points of view to explore the human condition, hence closing a trilogy.
Iñárritu directed and co-wrote the Oscar-nominated drama Biutiful (2010), the first film in his native Spanish language since his debut feature and his second nomination for a Best Foreign Film Academy Award. In 2014, he directed and co-wrote his first comedy, Birdman; the film received nine Academy Award nominations, and went on to win four Oscars including three for Iñárritu (Best Picture, Original Screenplay and Director). In 2016, he won another Academy Award, for The Revenant, becoming only the third director in history to win the Best Director Oscar two years in a row; the film itself was nominated for 12 Academy Awards.
Iñárritu was film mentor in the 2014-2015 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, where he exchanged with his protégé, young Israeli director Tom Shoval, on the set of The Revenant, revealing all the “infinite possibilities” of filmmaking.
His latest work, CARNE y ARENA(Virtually present, Physically invisible), is a conceptual virtual reality installation based on true accounts that allows the viewer to experience a fragment of the personal journeys of refugees. It was awarded a special Oscar at the ninth annual Governors Awards in 2017, Iñárritu’s fifth Academy Award. The Academy stated they were presenting the award to recognize a "visionary and powerful experience in storytelling".
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s films often feature interconnected stories and a nonlinear narrative, a realm where time is manufactured and plays a paramount role. As he explains, “Our life is multidimensional, but time is linear – we cannot escape that. Cinema is a two-dimensional reality within a frame, but time and space are fragmented which is why it's so liberating and addictive.”
He stated during the filming with his fellow Rolex Testimonees this year: “Each director is a universe in itself. Any film, whether you want it or not, is a projection of oneself...”
The winner of two consecutive Oscars for Best Director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu is known for his exploration of the human condition, coupled with his visual style, which have established him as a force to be reckoned with. Rolex is proud to support Oscar-winning directors as they continue to push the boundaries of the art of filmmaking.