Acclaimed auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu returns to TIFF with his long awaited directorial follow-up to 2006’s Academy Award winning Babel. Biutiful is also González Iñárritu’s first film to be made in his native Spanish since his landmark feature debut, Amores perros. Adding further pedigree to this heavy-hitting drama is an all-star cast led by Academy Award winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), who recently won the best actor award for this role at the Cannes Film Festival. Together, they make a powerful match, as evidenced from the opening moments of this transfixing work.
This is a story of a man in free fall. On the road to redemption, darkness lights his way. Connected with the afterlife, Uxbal is a tragic hero and father of two who’s sensing the danger of death. He struggles with a tainted reality and a fate that works against him in order to forgive, for love, and forever.