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Biography #2 (for 21 Grams)

Alejandro González Iñárritu's first feature film, Amores perros, world-premiered at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival. There, the film was honored with the Grand Prix among the Critics' Week selections that year. As director of the film, he was nominated for an Academy Award when the film became a Best Foreign-Language Film nominee the following year.

Among the other honors that he and the film received were a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign-Language Film; a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film; the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign-Language Film; the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director; and awards from the Bogota, Chicago, Cuba, Edinburgh, Flanders, Moscow, San Sebastian, Sao Paulo, Toronto, and Tokyo International Film Festivals. In addition, the film swept the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences' Silver Ariel Awards (Mexico's equivalent of the Oscars) with 13 wins.

In 2001, he produced and directed Powder Keg, a short film for the BMW series that also featured new works from Wong Kar-wai, Ang Lee, Guy Ritchie, and the late John Frankenheimer, among others. Powder Keg won three Clio Awards and ranked #2 on Time Magazine's list of best advertising films.

In 2002, Mr. Iñárritu directed a short film for inclusion in the multipart feature 11'09"01, which received a César Award nomination. The other filmmakers from around the world who responded to the horrific events of September 11th, 2001 by contributing to the project were 21 Grams star Sean Penn, Youssef Chahine, Amos Gitai, Shohei Imamura, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, Samira Makhmalbaf, Mira Nair, Idrissa Ouedraogo, and Danis Tanovic.

Bio courtesy Focus Features for "21 Grams" (29-Nov-2003)


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