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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #40. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman


Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writers: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo
Producers: Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Cast: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough

Since Amores Perros, Iñárritu has made very “calculated” film narrative choices with a foursome of films (21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful) that bury viewers in psychologically heavy/mental breakdown territory. Even his short films are enough to put us on anti-depressors. For his fifth time out, the anguish comes measured in a comedy noir packaging with an ensemble cast we’d normally never associate with the filmmaker, of course with the exception of  Naomi Watts who broke down like an ace in 21 Grams fame. We’re curious in witnessing how Alfonso Cuaron’s DP Emmanuel Lubezki works with this Mexican helmer.

Gist: A.k.a The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance, this tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Release Date: Filming began last April, and so this will have benefited from a wealth of post-production time and will be ready for a major film festival playdate. Iñárritu has been a regular at Cannes since Amores, as a Main Comp title it would not look out of place.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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