Rolex and Cinema: Alejandro G. Iñárritu On How Mentors Opened His "Consciousness" | SENATUS



Rolex and Cinema: Alejandro G. Iñárritu On How Mentors Opened His "Consciousness"

24 November 2020

Before embarking on what was to become a prolific filmmaking career, Iñárritu was mentored for a number of years by Ludwik Margules, a Polish-born impresario who was a prominent figure in Mexican theatre for several decades.

In this interview with Rolex, Iñárritu said Margules "taught me to always question myself and to embrace uncertainty as part of the process. He transformed my perception of what it was like to be a director. I had jumped to a conclusion of what directing was like, but I didn't have the real perception, the deep knowledge, the consciousness."

Instruction from Margules, Iñárritu said, gave him "the self-confidence to answer my own questions without fear, and with humility and veneration for the art. I don’t think it’s possible for a teacher to tell you that. A teacher gives you knowledge, but wisdom is something else. He filled me with a passion for human drama, to the dramaturgy of being able to represent human nature in the art of filmmaking."

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