Director Inarritu Spins a Global Tale in 'Babel' At 43, Mexican-born director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has already made a name for himself in the United States, with films like Amores Perros (2000) and 21 Grams (2003). Inarritu's new film, Babel, is already gathering Oscar buzz.
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Director Inarritu Spins a Global Tale in 'Babel'

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Director Inarritu Spins a Global Tale in 'Babel'

Director Inarritu Spins a Global Tale in 'Babel'

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At 43, Mexican-born director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has already made a name for himself in the United States, with films like Amores Perros (2000) and 21 Grams (2003). His new film, Babel, is already gathering Oscar buzz.

Babel stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal and several unknown actors. The movie interweaves stories unfolding in Morocco, Japan and on the U.S.-Mexico border. The film's ambitious scope includes four countries, three continents and five languages.

The filming, which lasted nearly a year, proved to be challenging.

Nearly his entire cast in Morocco consisted of nonactors, and Inarritu had to work through two translators in Japan: one to translate from English to Japanese, another to translate from Japanese into sign language (one of the characters is a deaf Japanese teenager).

"As a production, we were running very close circumstances to what the film was about, the lack of communication, the impossibilities of dialogue," Inarritu says.