Nov. 21, 2016 - Oscar Winning Director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, wins Best Director for The Revenant at the 13th Annual Red Nation Film Festival in Hollywood.
From Rolling Stone: Loosely based on the real-life adventure of a 19th-century American fur trapper named Hugh Glass, the film stars a prodigiously bearded Leonardo DiCaprio, who is mauled by a bear and then betrayed and left for dead by other members of his hunting party. The rest of the movie, on one level, is an immensely satisfying genre exercise, a proto-Western revenge fantasia in the tradition of Death Wish or Kill Bill, in which the audience endures the cruel sufferings of the protagonist as a pleasure-enhancing prelude to feats of impossible endurance, survival and bloody restitution.
Visually, the film is a spectacular throwback, the sort of epic rarely seen since the era of Lawrence of Arabia. It's also a sustained spiritual meditation, as well as an implicit critique of American capitalism, as told through its earliest incursions into the relatively untouched wilderness of the New World.
Read more: Alejandro G. Iñárritu: Hollywood's King of Pain by Mark Binelli, February 17, 2016, Rolling Stone