Alejandro G. Inarritu‘s Birdman moet zowat de prent zijn waar we dit najaar het meest naar uitkeken, maar in ons Belgenland krijgen we hem uiteindelijk pas begin volgend jaar te zien. De metafilm rond een aan lager wal geraakte acteur die zich via een toneelstuk terug wil opwerken naar de top heeft veel weg van wat hoofdrolspeler en ex-Batman Michael Keaton hier tracht te doen. Birdman opende gisteren het 71e filmfestival van Venetië, alwaar de film – net als Keaton – bedolven werd onder de positieve complimenten.

Samen met 20 andere competitiedeelnemers wordt er de komende twee weken gestreden om de begeerde Gouden Leeuw, maar als het van sommigen afhangt mag Inarritu (Babel, 21 Grams, Biutiful) de prijs nu al in ontvangst nemen.

Onderaan kan je lezen wat de pers ter plaatse te vertellen had over de première:

“That, perhaps is the biggest surprise of an endlessly surprising, inventive film: whatever the sum of its chatter-worthy elements, like how it basically launches and completes the “Keatonnaissance” in one fell swoop, or the incredible camerawork that is imperceptibly stitched together into (mostly) one long seamless, cutless take, “Birdman” adds up to more. It’s borderline miraculous.” – Indiewire

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s fifth and best feature provides the delirious coup de grace — a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution, that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.” – Variety

“The film’s exhilarating originality, black comedy and tone that is at once empathetic and acidic will surely strike a strong chord with audiences looking for something fresh that will take them somewhere they haven’t been before.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Most of the successful people in Hollywood are failures as human beings.’ So said Marlon Brando. But what happens when their 15 minutes are up? It’s not like failure suddenly transforms former mega-celebs into humble human beings who can pick up their own coffee from Starbucks. That’s Michael Keaton’s problem in this savagely funny, strangely sweet, sad and utterly brilliant New York-set comedy from Mexican writer-director Alejandro González Iñárritu, better known for his gloomy, state-of-the world dramas ‘Babel’ and ’21 Grams’.” – Time Out

“Iñárritu’s latest has much to say – almost too much – about the culture of celebrity in the age of Twitter and YouTube, comic-book movies, authenticity, the role of the critic. Birdman is a rich, startlingly clever and multi-layered collage, with Iñárritu creating a meta-universe of mirrors and performances upon performances. This is an exhilarating piece of filmmaking, a tragi-comic gem and an immediate contender for Venice’s most coveted prizes.” – Cine-Vue


Birdman, met naast Michael Keaton ook Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Emma Stone en Zach Galifianakis, komt uit op 25 januari, 2015.