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Announcing a new Meetup for Seattle Cinema Club!
What: Biutiful: Mexican drama. Javier Bardem
When: Saturday, February 5, 2011 4:30 PM
Where: Harvard Exit Theatre
807 E Roy St
Seattle, WA 98102
Biutiful: Mexican drama. Javier Bardem
Biutiful is a Mexican drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. It is Iñárritu's first directorial feature since Babel and his first film in his native Spanish language since his debut feature Amores perros.
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Filming for the production began in October 2008 in Barcelona, Spain
The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It premiered with Bardem winning for Best Actor.
The film has been selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Biutiful is a soulful and spiritual journey centering on Uxbal, played by Javier Bardem with a performance almost assured an Oscar nomination. Uxbal is a contradictive and hypocritical character with similar responsibilities to so many of us. Currently, his primary responsibility is to his two young children. For the most part, raising them on his own following his separation from their bi-polar mother, Marambra (Maricel Alvarez), he walks them to school before setting out on his daily agenda.
Each new day could call for fighting for better living conditions for the Chinese immigrants being exploited as cheap labor, accepting payment for freeing the souls of the recently deceased or paying the cops to stay off the backs of African street vendors. Uxbal fights for the rights of the underprivileged all while benefiting from their exploitation. You can see he's tormented, but that isn't all he has to contend with.
He's been recently diagnosed with cancer, which causes the fatherly instincts in him to emerge to an even greater level. After all, not only does he play father to his children he must also look out for the lives of the people he's been caring for, and making money off of, on a daily basis. Things go deeper than that, but some things are best left to be found on your own.
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