By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 25, 2010 at 7:16AM
Following its divisive world premiere at Cannes, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow up to "Babel," "Biutiful," starring Javier Bardem, has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment. Bardem collected the Best Actor Award at Cannes for the film earlier this year. Roadside plans for a December, 2010 release.
Billed as a classic tragedy set in modern times, the film is based on a story by Iñárritu, who also wrote the screenplay along with Armando Bo and Nicolas Giacobone. Bardem plays a man struggling to reconcile a torrent of issues that plague him, amidst the dangerous underworld of Barcelona. "Biutiful" is notable for being Iñárritu’s first film in Spanish since his breakout hit "Amores Perros," back in 2000. Since then the director has become a mainstay on the awards circuit, with "Babel" and "21 Grams" both garnering Oscar nominations.
""Biutiful" pairs the decade’s most exciting director with its most talented actor," said Mickey Liddell of Liddell Entertainment, in a statement. "Simply hearing Alejandro’s and Javier’s names in the same sentence excited me – seeing the result of their collaboration on screen blew me away.”
Howard Cohen, Co-President of Roadside Attractions added, “"Biutiful" joins the growing pantheon of tremendous, groundbreaking work by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It’s a deeply felt film, guaranteed to rock audiences to their core, and that’s due to the amazing reciprocity between filmmaker and actor. Alejandro and Javier are two halves of the same whole."
Prior to its theatrical release in December, just in time for awards season, the film will have its North American premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.