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Mexican director Inarritu to head Tokyo film festival jury

August 20, 2009 |  1:58 pm

Alejandro González Iñárritu

One of Mexico's most respected, behind-the-camera film talents, director Alejandro González Iñárritu, is to head the jury at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October.

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."

Iñárritu's face-slapping debut movie, "Amores Perros" -- you can see the trailer for it here -- won the Grand Prix award at the festival in 2000.

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

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