2015 Oscar champ Alejandro González Iñárritu accepted the Sundance Vanguard Award this week in Los Angeles, presented to him by Ava DuVernay. The “Birdman” director had just come from wrapping up “The Revenant,” with Leonardo DiCaprio, in the mountains of Canada. But still he mustered the energy to make some very astute remarks about the state of cinema.
“Some people are now calling films ‘content’ or even ‘the pipeline,’ yes, like the ones used for the conveyance of gas or petroleum for mass consumption. A great amount of films each year are considered that. I personally like the films that fly close to the ground, that slide at the rhythm of a car or walk at a speed that allows you to see… inside the things, the houses, the bodies and faces, those lives that have already passed and return in dreams… Only humans are the ones that see themselves in the mirror. We do it because we need it. The mirror of our species… is cinema. Or it was. When someone pours their uniqueness out, it creates content. The real content… creates the fire that only humans know how to ignite. Only we need it, and know that it exists. And that’s a miracle.”