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LLa in­no­vadora instalación de re­al­i­dad vir­tual de Ale­jan­dro González Iñárritu “CARNE y ARENA (Vir­tual­mente pre­sente, físi­ca­mente in­vis­i­ble)” será re­cono­cida con un Os­car especial por su nar­ra­tiva vi­sion­aria y poderosa.

La Junta de Gober­nadores de la Academia de las Artes y Cien­cias Cine­matográ­fi­cas dijo el viernes que el di­rec­tor mex­i­cano recibirá su es­ta­tu­illa en la novena en­trega an­ual de los Premios de los Gober­nadores el 11 de noviembre en Los Án­ge­les.

La instalación de RV de 7 min­u­tos busca cap­turar la ex­pe­ri­en­cia de los mi­grantes que cruzan la fron­tera en­tre Es­ta­dos Unidos y Méx­ico. Iñárritu co­laboró con su fotó­grafo ha­bit­ual, Em­manuel “Chivo” Lubezki, en el proyecto, cuya re­al­ización tomó cu­a­tro años.

Iñárritu, ganador de premios Os­car por “Bird­man” y “The Revenant”, es­trenó el nuevo tra­bajo en el Fes­ti­val de Cine de Cannes en mayo pasado.

La instalación está ac­tual­mente en el Museo de Arte del Con­dado de Los Án­ge­les (LACMA).


Ac­claimed film­maker Ale­jan­dro Gon­za­lez Inarritu will be awarded a spe­cial Os­car for his vir­tual re­al­ity in­stal­la­tion that fo­cuses on the plight of mi­grants, the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences an­nounced Fri­day.

The Academy said that Inarritu will re­ceive the golden stat­uette for his six-minute im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence "Carne y Arena" (Vir­tu­ally Present, Phys­i­cally In­vis­i­ble), de­scrib­ing it as "a vi­sion­ary and pow­er­ful ex­pe­ri­ence in sto­ry­telling."

The award will be pre­sented to the di­rec­tor and his cin­e­matog­ra­pher Em­manuel Lubezki at the 9th An­nual Gov­er­nors Awards in Hol­ly­wood on Novem­ber 11.

"Carne y Arena," which is cur­rently on dis­play at the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art (LACMA) as well as the Fon­dazione Prada in Mi­lan and Tlatelolco Cul­tural Cen­ter in Mex­ico City, takes view­ers on the har­row­ing trek many mi­grants un­der­take through the Sono­ran desert in the US.

As sirens wail, each par­tic­i­pant -bare­foot on the sandy ground and wear­ing VR gog­gles -- ex­pe­ri­ences the jour­ney alone, joined only by a small band of vir­tual peo­ple hop­ing to reach Amer­ica.

Border guards armed to the teeth sep­a­rate the men from the women and the chil­dren. Their aban­doned shoes lit­ter the ground, as one per­son screams out in pain and a tragedy looms.

The ex­hibit has proven a huge hit and tick­ets in Los An­ge­les have been sold out for months.

"Inarritu's mul­ti­me­dia art and cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence is a deeply emo­tional and phys­i­cally im­mer­sive ven­ture into the world of mi­grants crossing the desert of the Amer­i­can south­west in early dawn light," Academy pres­i­dent John Bai­ley said in a state­ment.

"More than even a cre­ative break­through in the still emerg­ing form of vir­tual re­al­ity, it vis­cer­ally con­nects us to the hot-but­ton po­lit­i­cal and so­cial re­al­i­ties of the USMex­ico border," he added.

The Mex­i­can film­maker won back-to-back Os­cars for "Bird­man" in 2015 and "The Revenant" in 2016, be­com­ing only the third di­rec­tor to ac­com­plish such a feat.

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