Javier Bardem walked away with the Best Actor award earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival for his tour de force performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film, Biutiful.

An official trailer has been released for Biutiful and it offers a look at the latest gritty drama from Iñárritu, who was also responsible for the Oscar-nominated pics Babel and 21 Grams.

Bardem stars in Biutiful as Uxbal, “a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt, and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona.” When Uxbal learns that he is suffering from a potentially terminal medical condition, he seeks some form of redemption for his past actions and to ensure that his children are well cared for.

The trailer for the Spanish-language pic Biutiful is both engaging and offers glimpses at the morose tone of the film, which is officially described as “a circular tale that ends where it begins.” Bardem is always worth watching onscreen and his performance in Biutiful should be a bit shocking for moviegoers that are only familiar with the actor’s chilling turn as Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men.

Check out the official Biutiful trailer below:

The footage on display in this preview contains some truly haunting, visually poetic cinematography. Iñárritu’s previous directorial efforts have all been gorgeously shot but intense dramas that are heavy on atmosphere and feature some truly moving performances – Biutiful looks to be no exception.

Biutiful will be the first of Iñárritu’s feature films that was not scripted by Guillermo Arriaga, since the two had a falling out of sorts after they completed work on Babel. Iñárritu took on screenwriting duties himself for Biutiful, so we shall see if he is as adept at writing movies as he is directing them.

Biutiful will begin a limited release in the U.S. on December 29th, 2010.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers