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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Archived: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

composer: Antonio Sanchez
With: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, a.o.

duration: 119 minutes
Comedy, Drama

Gala Premières and special events
Film Fest Gent - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Official Closing Film of the 41st Film Fest Gent
Friday 24/10 - FILM + COCKTAIL + AFTERPARTY in co-operation with Goodlife


Alejandro González Iñárritu is back with an amazing film. Iñárritu, one of the best directors of his generation, directs this beautiful, absurd comedy. Michael Keaton, in a role of a lifetime, plays Riggan Thomson, a washed-up celebrity, famous for his role as Birdman. In search of his glory days, he mounts a Broadway play with the help of his daughter Sam (Emma Stone), an actress and an idealistic producer. But Riggan is slowly losing his mind due to the pressure and a conflict with the protagonist of the play (Edward Norton). The Mexican filmmaker directed an incredible film, with a stellar cast who are on the top of their game. It's difficult not to see the reference to 'Batman', but Michael Keaton's performance is the highlight of the film. Visually impressive, thanks of the work of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki ('Gravity'), the film is visually already one of the greatest films of the year. The American press certainly appreciated Birdman when it opened the last Venice Film Festival. The Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu ('Amores Perros', '21 Grams', 'Babel') delivers a surprising satire of modern celebrity culture and Hollywood's current obsession with superheros.


On Friday 24 October, Film Fest Gent will sign off in style with the Official Closing Night. The evening will begin with the closing film, 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'. After the film, you will be welcomed to a gala reception in the VIP festival village. Goodlife will then get the party started, with a special guest appearance by Cliff Martinez.

20:30 Closing film 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)'
22:00 Reception by Coeur Catering
23:00 Afterparty by Goodlife, with guest appearance by Cliff Martinez


director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
composer: Antonio Sanchez
producer: Alejandro González Iñárritu
screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo
Editor: Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
sound: Jeremy Peirson, Martín Hernández & Aaron Glascock

production company: Fox Searchlight Pictures

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
Country: United States of America
year: 2014


ALEJANDRO GONZÁLEZ IÑÁRRITU (1963): El timbre (short, 1996), Amores Perros (2000), Powder Keg (short, 2001), September 11 (segment, 2002), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006), To Each His Own Cinema (segment, 2007), Biutiful (2010), Behind Biutiful: Director's Flip Notes (2011), Naran Ja (short, 2012), Birdman (2014), The Revenant (2015).

Technical Specs

sound: Dolby Digital SRD
format: DCP
frame: 1:1,85

Other festival films by director Alejandro González Iñárritu

2000:Amores perros
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