Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Cinema is universal, beyond flags and borders and passports.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Life and death are illusions. We are in a constant state of transformation.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

As the camera, I try to subordinate every word to be truthful and honest to each character’s context.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I see only one requirement you have to have to be a director or any kind of artist: rhythm. Rhythm, for me, is everything. Without rhythm, there’s no music. Without rhythm, there’s no cinema. Without rhythm, there’s no architecture.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

My mom had very low expectations for me, and she really had a point. I was a big problem at seventeen. If I had a kid like me, I would have those same expectations.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I think the most experimental way to a film is to tell the story the traditional way, because everyone is doing the other thing.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

For me, the most important thing that I have to accomplish is to be a good father. That’s the most difficult challenge of my life. That’s the most important thing for me, more than films.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have always said that innocence is much more powerful than experience.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Movies become art after editing. Instead of just reproducing reality, they juxtapose images of it. That implies expression; that’s art.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I’m always surprised when some director says, ‘When I saw this film, that changed my life.’ I don’t have that.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I really didn’t want to become branded as ‘that multistructural guy.’
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I think that in order to be a film director, one has to be a warrior who shouldn’t be defeated by the daily onslaught of problems.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

To make a film is easy; to make a good film is war. To make a very good film is a miracle.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Actors are exposed in a way that nobody else can understand. They are subject to the likes and dislikes of people their entire life, no matter how successful they are. At the same time, in order to be liked, you have to not be yourself. So it’s a very complicated human exercise – an alchemy that I have never understood.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

In a world where irony reigns, where you have to separate, protect and laugh at anything that is honest or has an emotional charge, I bet for catharsis. I like to invest emotionally in things. And catharsis, when it touches the emotional vein, can open the doors of even those who protect themselves.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Directing non-actors is difficult. Directing actors in a foreign language is even more difficult. Directing non-actors in a language that you yourself don’t understand is the craziest thing you can possibly think of.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

My cinema is an extension of myself. A sort of life-testimony of my vital experience, with my few virtues and my numerous limitations.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Everybody is looking for validation, no matter who you are, and I think that’s a need of the human condition – to look for affection or recognition or validation.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I realized – and I am probably the last person in the world to realize this – that we live our lives with no editing.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

From the time we open our eyes, we live in a Steadicam form, and the only editing is when we talk about our lives or remember things.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I’m scared of horses, and I don’t know how to shoot them, but that’s what excites me. After 40 years old, if you don’t do some things that really terrify you, I don’t think they’re worth doing.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

To question your own process is a necessity. If you don’t question yourself, it’s impossible to improve.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I think there’s nothing wrong with being fixated on superheroes when you are 7 years old, but I think there’s a disease in not growing up.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

To become a celebrity, a name – and I’ve actually met some that speak of themselves in the third person – it’s scary. They become an object, not a human, complex, questioning thing where the cells are always changing.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I don’t know if I have a career or not, or where it ends or it begins. I have been working, doing what I do for a long time. But my creative process has always been so tortuous.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

‘Birdman’ came from a very beautiful side of me, from a part of honesty and surrender about things.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

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