Addressing reporters on the festival’s opening day on Tuesday May 14, Inarritu said ignorance among the masses makes it easier for governments to manipulate them.
"I'm not a politician. As an artist, I can express through my job and with my heart open what I think to be truthful. I think the problem is what is happening is the ignorance. People do not know, it's very easy to manipulate," the Mexican-born filmmaker said when asked about Trump's policies.
He also added that, “We think we are evolving with the technology and social media. It seems every tweet is a brick of isolation attached to ideological things and is creating a lot of isolation and paranoia.”
Inarritu, director of ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Revenant’, is the first Latin American to preside over the jury that decides Cannes’ top honor, the Palme d’Or.
The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival is currently underway and runs through May 25, 2019.