‘Amores Perros’ screenwriter goes to Sundance with short

Guillermo Arriaga (Photo: brokennightmovie.com)

A short film by the screenwriter of the acclaimed film “Amores Perros,” Guillermo Arriaga, will be showcased at the famous Sundance Film Festival 2013.

“Broken Night,” written and directed by Arriaga, tells the story of a young woman who drives with her four-year-old daughter across desolated hills. Everything looks fine and they seem to enjoy the ride, until an accident sends them into the nightmare of darkness, according to a brief synopsis of the film from a festival press release.

Arriaga describes himself as “a hunter who works as a writer” on the official website of “Broken Night.”

Arriaga, a Mexico City Native and graduate from the Ibero-American University, also wrote “Babel,” received a British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Best Screenplay nomination for “21 Grams” and won the 2005 Cannes Best Screenplay Award for “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.”

In “Broken Night” Arriaga teams up with an Oscar award-winning filmmaker.

The short’s director of photography is Janusz Kamiński, who twice won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography—for “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.” He was nominated three additional times for “Amistad,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” and “War Horse.” Janusz was also awarded at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his work on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

The annual Sundance Film Festival will take place Jan. 17 through 27 in Park City, Utah.

“Broken Night” is one of 65 entries competing in the short films category. More than 8,000 films were submitted for the 2013 edition of the festival.



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