Uxbal – son, father and lover – is a man in free fall. He works as a shady businessman, has a bipolar wife and is struggling with his past as a drug dealer. The situation turns even worse when he discovers he may not have long to live. Alejandro González Iñárritu's BIUTIFUL is his first spanish language film since his debut feature AMORES PERROS (2000), and explores a father’s attempt of reconciliation, as he confronts life’s numerous contradictions and calamities.
Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City in 1963, and started his career in the entertainment business as a radio-DJ in the 80s. Later he began working as a producer and was introduced to the scriptwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Their cooperation led to three award-winning movies, AMORES PERROS, 21 GRAM and BABEL. AMORES PERROS (2000) is Iñárritu’s directorial debut, and interconnects three stories from Mexico City. The film was highly acclaimed all around the world, and opened the door to the film industry in the US, which resulted in 21 GRAMS (2003) and BABEL (2006). Both were nominated for several Oscars, and for BABEL he recieved the award for best director in Cannes. BIUTIFUL is Iñárritu’s fourth feature, and his first project without scriptwriter Arriaga.