The Insider View: Live with Screenwriter and Novelist Guillermo Arriaga
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM (PDT)
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Screenwriter and novelist Guillermo Arriaga has been telling stories that capture the human condition and enthral critics and audiences alike for decades. He first hit the international radar in 2000 with the release of the critically acclaimed AmoresPerros, a gritty film whose non-linear storytelling and unique exploration of death helped spotlight the unknown world of Mexican independent film. The Mexico City native had already made a name for himself as a novelist and college professor, but his trilogy of film collaborations with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned him a world of new audiences. His screenplays have been honored with countless award from Oscar nominations to BAFTA wins. His literary roots, boldly complex structure, and fearlessness to delve into the things people fear most, helped raise the bar of what a Hollywood film with A-list actors could accomplish, as well as what producers believed an audience could handle.
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About Guillermo Arriaga:
Screenwriter and novelist Guillermo Arriaga first hit the international radar in 2000 with the release of the critically acclaimed AmoresPerros, a gritty film whose non-linear storytelling and unique exploration of death helped spotlight the unknown world of Mexican independent film. The Mexico City native had already made a name for himself as a novelist and college professor, but his trilogy of film collaborations with director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu earned him a world of new audiences. His literary roots, boldly complex structure, and fearlessness to delve into the things people fear most, helped raise the bar of what a Hollywood film with A-list actors could accomplish, as well as what producers believed an audience could handle.
After middle school, Arriaga moved on to the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, earning a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in History. He began teaching media studies courses, and would do so for the next 25 years - even as he gained notoriety - first, as an author and then, as a screenwriter.
Arriaga was working in television and had already published the novel A Sweet Scent of Death (1994) when a mutual friend introduced him to film director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - who, himself, had a lengthy resume in television, advertising, and short independent films. Eventually Arriaga took a chance and told Inarritu of an idea he had for a film about dogfights. Thus, a partnership was born.
Three years and 36 script drafts later, the twosome released AmoresPerros (1999), a gritty tale of parents, children, and intertwined lives on the rough streets of Mexico City. The film brought overdue attention to Mexican filmmaking as a whole, and jettisoned Arriaga and Inarritu to international success with an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film, a BAFTA Film Award for "Best Film not in the English Language," and the Critics Week Grand Prize and Young Critics Awards at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. That same year saw the release of Arriaga's second novel, Night Buffalo (1999).
AmoresPerros had established a working relationship between writer and director that would play out for two more feature films. 21 Grams (2004) further explored Arriaga's obsession with death and study of its impact on the survivors, taking its title from an urban myth that the human body loses 21 grams at the time of death. 21 Grams was filmed in the U.S., but the writer and director avoided Hollywood pitfalls, maintaining their artistic vision and sophisticated narrative style and augmenting it with a big-name cast including Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, and Sean Penn. Arriaga's next outing was the screenplay for Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) - a story of justice and redemption set in the dusty, lawless deserts neighboring the U.S.-Mexico border. The script was honored with the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes.
Arriaga and Inarritu completed their "death trilogy" in 2006 with Babel, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Babel received seven Golden Globe nominations, including Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay.
In 2008, Arriaga wrote The Burning Plain starring Charlize Theron and John Corbett. Again, the critically acclaimed film went on to win many awards and nominations, including being nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2012, Arriaga is currently in production with Words With Gods (as Producer/Director), and is currently writing The Tiger, scheduled for release in 2014 and starring Brad Pitt.
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