David Bowie lends a hand in ‘Bardo’s’ emotional journey

Photographing the surreal imagery of Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” cinematographer Darius Khondji linked with the characters by way of body, colour and lightweight. Themes of immigration, forgiveness and household are articulated by way of the perspective of protagonist Silverio (Daniel Giménez Cacho), an acclaimed journalist on his technique to settle for an award in Hollywood. “The special thing about this film was Silverio himself,” notes Khondji. “We wanted to wrap the whole world around him.” For a sequence the place Silverio boogies all the way down to a vocals-only model of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” the visible ballet for Khondji was an expression of intimacy and scale. Iñárritu and manufacturing designer Eugenio Caballero collaborated on the sequence filmed in a revitalized membership in Mexico the place dozens of sunshine sources had been choreographed to the actors’ actions. A clear digicam blended the energetic power and tenor of the scene whereas close-ups emphasised Silverio’s emotional journey. Khondji notes the method was an enterprise however he linked strongly to Iñárritu’s imaginative and prescient from the beginning. “When I read the script and talked to Alejandro, it was so personal. I felt I needed to work with this person, this man who really wants to tell the story of his life.”