Stacy Perskie Kaniss interview: ‘Bardo’ producer

“It’s an honor to represent Mexico, particularly in a year with very powerful films,” says producer Stacy Perskie Kaniss, whose Netflix movie “Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” directed by Oscar winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu, has been selected as the country’s official entry for Best International Feature at the 95th Academy Awards. “The film is a love letter to Mexico and to Mexican identity. There’s a line in the film that says, ‘Mexico is a state of mind.’ I was born and raised in Mexico. It really does feel that way.”

We talked with Perskie Kaniss as part of Gold Derby’s special “Meet the Experts” Q&A event with 2022/2023 awards contenders. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

“Bardo: False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths” tells the story of Silverio (played by Daniel Giménez Cacho), an acclaimed journalist-turned-documentarian who goes on an oneiric introspective journey to reconcile with the past, the present and his Mexican identity.

SEE ‘Bardo’ director Alejandro G. Inarritu and cast explain their surreal film at special Q&A: ‘The journey was inward’

“For days after reading the script for the first time, I kept having images stuck in my mind, like no other script I had ever read before,” the producer reveals. “It was incredible. I was very touched by it. Very inspired by it and very moved and excited to be able to be a part of it.”

One scene in particular struck a chord with Perskie Kaniss. “There’s this moment in the film where there’s this caravan of immigrants that is coming down a hill at dawn,” he recalls. “There’s a lot of mist. It’s a huge valley and a long line of cars in traffic that are basically held up by this caravan crossing a highway. Alejanadro has this incredible process of preparation and he had every single frame in his mind. Seeing that shot and that scene come together was unbelievable. It was a beautiful, strong moment and it’s one of my favorites in the film.”

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