Biutiful Bardem opens film festival
Javier Bardem has helped open a Mexican film festival with his new movie Biutiful.
The Oscar-winning Spanish actor walked down the red carpet with Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu at Morelia's International Film Festival to premiere the movie, set against the plight of migrants.
Inarritu said Biutiful was not a movie with a sweeping theme about politics or despair - rather it is the story of a dying man discovering what is most important as life runs out.
The main character, Uxbal, played by Javier, lives and works in a Barcelona slum as a middleman for African and Chinese migrants who is dealing with a bipolar ex-wife and trying to make ends meet for his two children.
Though the raw portrait of migrant life and their exploitation is a key secondary theme, the tragedies that unfold are not a commentary on immigration, Inarritu said.
"I'm not trying to make them victims or saints," he said. "I'm just trying to integrate them into a dialogue, show that they're human beings with virtues and flaws, with their needs as parents and children."
Inarritu said Barcelona is just one of many cities around the world grappling with the growing flow of migrants. But he said political arguments over migration are for others to make, not his movie.
"It's the story of a father and his children, a man who finds love in his most difficult moments," the director said. "There are no accusations. It's not a sermon ... it's the realisation that in the final moments of life, what's most important is love, forgiveness, compassion."