Speaking at the ongoing festival, according to Variety, Iñárritu urged that film “needs much more contemplation, a little bit more patience” and to be “more mysterious, more impenetrable, more poetic, more soulful.”
He added that films of the past “were exploring different ways of telling stories, trying to push language. Those have disappeared. Now it’s the big tentpoles… or the TV streaming experience.”
Iñárritu’s most recent films, including such self-contained cinematic epics as “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” don’t exactly test the patience.