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The Academy of Hollywood has announced that it will deliver a special Oscar to Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu for work meat and sand, an experience for which he entered field of virtual reality with help of his partner, director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki.
The Board of Governors of Academy made decision to recognize work of Iñárritu "in recognition of a visionary and powerful narrative experience." "The board is proud to present this special Oscar to Carne y Arena, in which Iñárritu and his director of photography, Emmanuel Lubezki, have opened new doors to cinematographic perception," said president of Academy, John Bailey in a statement.
Making History: The Conceptual VR Installation "meat and sand" receives a special Oscar from our Board of governors. https://t.co/JQdJglS9dX Pic.twitter.com/pd7piL77ij— The Academy (@TheAcademy) 27 October 2017
Iñárritu and Lubezki United ir talents to build, for four years, an artistic experience in which virtual reality and symbolism place spectator in very heart of undocumented immigrants who cross to United States from Mexico. It is an installation in which spectator, for seven minutes, becomes part of drama of immigration through virtual reality, which transports it to a dramatic moment, that of detention in desert of a group of immigrants who try to enter Illegally in United States. Based on testimonies of several of se immigrants, Iñárritu, who presented work in last edition of Festival de Cannes, devised an artistic project that goes beyond a mere installation or exhibition.
"It's a deeply emotional multimedia and cinematic artistic experience," Bailey noted. "Beyond creative advancement of virtual reality, [ work] connects us viscerally to political and social realities of U.S.-Mexico border," he added.Enlarge photo Alejandro González Iñárritu and his three ' Oscars ' for ' Birdman ': Best film, Best Director and Best screenplay. Jason Merritt Getty Images
The hyper-realistic work of Iñárritu places spectator in midst of Sonoran Desert, where he shares drama of a group of undocumented people who, led by a coyote, a human trafficker, try to enter US territory while agents of Immigration try to arrest m. Whoever accesses facility, with company of virtual reality glasses, helmets and a backpack, must do it barefoot, because ground is sand and physical contact with it allows to transport more easily to a reality outside majority. "I spoke with several immigrants and ir experiences in voyage and details that I Expecificaron wrote, I-with help of Emmanuel Lubezki, my director of photography-and I rode this sequence." For each visitor experience is unique, I think cathartic and emotional, "told filmmaker in Cannes. "I needed to do something that was consistent with what lived with m, that ir reality was relevant." And that, in spite of all apparatus, in part humanity eclipsed technology. Today, every reality is distorted, we talk about immigrants when y are refugees. As I did not want to close my vision, dream moment reminds me that for some re are oceans and ors, deserts, says filmmaker. "Immigration is inside me, I am." Already in Babel and, to a lesser extent, in Biutiful, I tried subject. But I wanted to go furr, to remember that se people are not a threat, but an opportunity. "For Mexico, y are second economic force, following revenue generated by oil." Meat and sand was not born against Donald Trump, but today it takes a later intention. "There are eight people in your country who own 50% of nation's wealth, and you turn against poorest?" "Trump is not only one, we are in hands of politicians who use hatred to atenazar ir voters emotionally."
The Academy of Hollywood will make delivery of golden statuette to Iñárritu during celebration of honorary Oscars Gala, next November 11th, in Ray Dolby Ballroom, Hollywood Highland Center. During that day, Academy will deliver honorable statuettes to Canadian actor Donald Surland, Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda, American screenwriter and director Charles Burnett and New York photo director Owen Roizman.
The Mexican filmmaker already has in his power Oscar for Best Direction, best Film and Best Original Screenplay by Birdman (2014). He also got Oscar to best Direction one year later by reborn.
The installation meat and sand is currently exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Prada Foundation in Milan (Italy) and cultural center Tlatelolco, Mexico City.