By Yash Thakur. Posted on December 15, 2015
One of the finest filmmakers of our generation, Alejandro Inarritu is a filmmaker who is meticulous with his productions. From Amores Perros to Birdman, Inarritu has not only given the world some unique stories, but he has also progressed in terms of style and content with each film.
Based on Michael Punke's 2002 novel of the same name, The Revenant, his highly anticipated upcoming film has been described as one of his most ambitious projects' to date. The epic film portrays the journey of frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is betrayed by his companions during a fur trapping expedition in 1823. The film, riddled with remote on-location shoots, over budgets and crew abandoning the sets, was clearly a journey that was not without struggle.
Check out the trailer of his upcoming epic drama The Revenant.
Academy Award winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki aka Chivo is the DOP on the film. While there have not been many photographs of the making shared officially, Lubezki's instapics have served to whet the appetites of excited fans who want to get a peep into the ambitious project starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hardy. The ace cinematographer has shot the film only on natural light.
In the video below, Inarritu, writer Mark Smith and producer Mary Parent talk at length about how the director started working on it 5 years back, the brilliant work of Emmanuel Lubezki (who previously shot his Oscar-winning Birdman), the already famous bear attack sequence, casting Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and how The Revenant echoes the darker nature of man that comes from the most remote places. Inarritu goes on record to say, "Production wise there were some very difficult decisions. There were almost a 100 locations. The logistics were absolute madness."
On being asked about how the production affected the actors' performance, the director said, "Yes it did drastically affect their performance. On a couple of days the temperature went well below -40 degrees. It was very difficult, but among the actors, there was camaraderie. The actors told me that 'there is no cold, it is all in the head'. Suddenly, the odyssey of the film became the life of the fur trappers. We could not have pulled it off in comfortable spots on blue screens. I hope it reflects what we were trying to do out there."
Even as we wait eagerly for the film, we hope you enjoy this delightful conversation with the filmmaker.