Mexican director Inarritu to head Tokyo film festival jury
Quoted on the festival's website, Iñárritu says, "New and exciting voices are emerging from different parts of the planet within the world of cinema. Those who will change the rules and those who have already enriched our vision with their films need spaces of resistance to the flawless distractions that sometimes today’s culture offers. . . . Japan’s culture and film traditions have had a personal impact on me and inspire in me respect and admiration. I am honored to preside at the 22nd TIFF and I am looking forward to finding new voices that will generate in us catharsis and reflection."
You can read about Iñárritu and some of his fellow Mexican filmmakers here in this article by Reed Johnson, "A Bond Beyond Borders," from October 2006.
-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City
Photo: Alejandro González Iñárritu. Credit: Fernando Franco / Paramount Classics