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DiCaprio on “The Revenant”: “The Hardest Shoot Ever”

Golden Globe winner Alejandro Gonzalez Iñiarritu’s tour de force shoot for The Revenant can only be described as “extreme film making”. Seeking out remote locations in the Canadian North (and later in Argentina), utilizing only natural light and staging elaborate tracking shots with longtime collaborator, DP extraordinaire Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, Iñiarritu has crafted a film that Leonardo DiCaprio described to the HFPA as “John Ford meets Tarkovsky”. The director (Best Picture nominee with Babel, Best Screenplay winner for Birdman) has, in fact, made a film of remarkable violence and at the same time lyrical contemplation. An American original story that channels Kurosawa, Jack London and Werner Herzog. We spoke to his star, Leonardo DiCaprio about the incredibly harsh shoot and what it brings to The Revenant experience.

Luca Celada