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Alejandro G. Inarritu


SHORT PROFILE

Name: Alejandro González Iñárritu DOB: 15 August 1963 Place of birth: Mexico City, Mexico Occupation: Director

"Cinema is frame, cinema is length of the lens,

cinema is editing, the position of images that create time and space."

Inarritu x VR

The inclusion of two movies produced by Netflix turned the Cannes Film Festival 2017 competition into something of a referendum on what is cinema and what isn't. Ironic then that one of the most popular screenings at the fest was a six-and-a-half-minute virtual reality "experience" shown out of competition.

Created by Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), the first VR film to screen at Cannes, re-creates the experience of immigrants crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. Viewers wander barefoot through a vast, dark space covered in sand and equipped with a backpack, VR headset and headphones, while virtual border guards swoop down to arrest them.