A False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths
Mexico-USA • d: Alejandro González Iñárritu • 2h 54m • Courtesy of Netflix • Spanish with English subtitles
When Silverio (Daniel Giménez Cacho), a renowned journalist and documentary filmmaker, returns home to Mexico City after years away, he finds himself caught between worlds. He’s raised his family abroad, the mythologies of his birthplace have become tangled with those of his chosen home, and the present moment feels unfamiliar and volatile. Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman, Babel) taps his own experiences as he makes his first Mexican film in years, creating a work that’s alternately rapturously epic and stirringly intimate. Cacho carries the film’s sophisticated tonal shifts—from wildly funny to arrestingly poignant to sublimely surreal—as Iñárritu recalibrates cinema, seeking to capture the complexity of one life, with its heart-piercing intensity and tragicomic drift. Bardo (subtitled “A False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”) is a transcendent experience: it grapples with the nature of time and place and explores the turbulent landscapes of the mind.
About the Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival has been, for the last 49 years, a celebration of the art of film: honoring the great masters of the cinema, discovering the rare and unknown, bringing new works by the world’s greatest directors and the latest in American independent film to a small mountain town in Colorado. The New York Times called Telluride “the smallest, most original, and most stimulating of the major festivals,” while Entertainment Tonight simply said it was “the world’s best festival.”
The Music Hall and the Telluride Film Festival collaborate on an exclusive presentation of six new features, brought directly from their Colorado debuts. This unique and intimate Portsmouth event treats audience members from across the Northeast to an exclusive peek into the Telluride experience—packing one September weekend in Portsmouth with the latest international cinema, private parties, great music, delicious food, and inspired conversations with other cinephiles of all ages, tastes, and backgrounds.
Fri., 9/16 • 7pm • TÁR
Sat., 9/17 • 12pm • Bardo
Sat., 9/17 • 4pm • Women Talking
Sat., 9/17 • 7:30pm • The Wonder
Sun., 9/18 • 12pm • Wildcat
Sun., 9/18 • 3pm • Tori and Lokita
Sun., 9/18 • 6pm • Icarus: The Aftermath