Biutiful (2010) Poster



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Alejandro G. Iñárritu wrote the role of Uxbal specifically for Javier Bardem. The director said that when Uxbal first came into his mind, Bardem was the only choice that made sense.
The audible heartbeats in the scene where Uxbal hugs his daughter were achieved on set with microphones stuck to the actors' skin while they hugged.
Javier Bardem's part in this film is the first time that a performance entirely in the Spanish Language has been nominated for an Academy Award Best Actor Oscar.
During an interview with The Telegraph, Alejandro González Iñárritu quoted from "On Myth", which was the beginning of the film, by the Mexican poet Jaime Sabines: 'Someone spoke to me all the days of my life, / into my ear, slowly, taking their time. / Said to me: live, live, live! / It was death'.
When Alejandro González-Iñárritu was casting the role of Ana at a school, Hanaa Bouchaib came up to him, grabbed him by the shirt and said: "Are you the one who's making the movie? I want in" The director said that he was so captivated that really keep her in mind.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu spent 14 months editing the film.
Gustavo Santaolalla wrote up until 27 pieces of music, from which only 4 ended up on the final cut.
The character of Uxbal came from a question that Alejandro González Iñárritu thinks has to do with what he would do, if he had 75 days left to live.
All the pictures stuck on the wall in Marambra's home are of Hindu mythological characters, including Radha-Krishna, Shiva, and Ganesha.
First film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu that isn't written by Guillermo Arriaga.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu dedicated the film to his father, and called him The Old Oak.
The song that is heard in Tito's house while Marambra is dancing naked is "Como te extraño, mi amor", written by the Argentine Leo Dan and performed by the Mexican band Café Tacuba. Alejandro González Iñárritu is also from México.
Javier Bardem's Best Actor Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
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In almost every scene in the film, there is an object that shows the character's reflections. There are several key moments where Uxbal's reflection intentionally doesn't match up with his actual body movements, indicating that he is slightly removed from this reality.
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