The auteurs are in their introspective eras: Steven Spielberg created a cinematic memoir of his childhood with The Fabelmans, as did James Gray in Armageddon Time, while Bardo (False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths) finds Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu ruminating on his own auteurhood.
Set to "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles, the trailer for Bardo introduces Silverio Gama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), a renowned journalist and documentary filmmaker who has just won a prestigious international award. Compelled to return home, he travels to Mexico City and finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew about his success and his sense of self. That existential journey is brought to life through Iñárritu's visual bombast, featured prominently in this first preview.
Iñárritu is a seven-time Oscar nominee and five-time winner: He won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for 2014's Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Best Director for 2016's The Revenant, and a Special Achievement Award for his virtual reality short, Carne y Arena (2017).
The filmmaker wrote the screenplay for Bardo with Birdman co-writer Nicolás Giacobone, shot on 65mm by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Darius Khondji (Evita). The movie marks Iñárritu's first to be shot in Mexico since his feature debut, 2000's Amores perros.
Bardo premiered during this year's Venice Film Festival and will open in theaters in the U.S., Spain, and Argentina on Nov. 18, before streaming on Netflix on Dec. 16. Watch the trailer below.