Guillermo Arriaga

Screenwriter, Novelist, Documentary director
Novelist and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga first hit the international radar in 2000 with the release of "Amores Perros," a gritty film whose non-linear storytelling and unique exploration of death helped spotlight the ... Read more »
Born: 03/13/1958 in Mexico

Filmography

Writer (11)

Broken Night 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Burning Plain 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Babel 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Babel 2006 (Movie)

(from idea) (Source Material)

El Bufalo De La Noche 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

El Bufalo De La Noche 2006 (Movie)

(from novel: "El Bufalo De La Noche") (Source Material)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

21 Grams 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

21 Grams 2003 (Movie)

(Story By)

Amores Perros 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Un Dulce Olor a Muerte 1998 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))
Director (5)

Rio, I Love You 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Words with Gods 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Broken Night 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Burning Plain 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Rogelio 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (4)

From Afar 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

El Bufalo De La Noche 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

21 Grams 2003 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Amores Perros 2001 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (2)

Dreamers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

Juan (Actor)

Biography

Novelist and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga first hit the international radar in 2000 with the release of "Amores Perros," 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.

EDUCATION

Universidad Iberoamericana

Universidad Iberoamericana

taught courses in media studies

Milestones

2006

Scripted "Babel," the third collaboration with Iñárritu and final film in a trilogy with a theme of death; however, friction between writer and director led González Iñarritu banning Arriaga from attending the 2006 Cannes screening of "Babel"; received Go

2005

Penned the screenplay for "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" a drama directed by Tommy Lee Jones

2003

Again collaborated with Iñárritu for "21 Grams" starring Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts and Sean Penn; received a BAFTA nomination for Best Screenplay

2000

Wrote "Amores Perros," a gritty look at the underbelly of Mexican life, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

With director Alejandro González Iñárritu planned to make 11 shorts showing the contradictions of Mexico City but after three years and 36 drafts, they ended up expanding three stories into a feature length film titled "Amores Perros"

Produced a film version of his novel "Buffalo of the Night"; premiered at Sundance in 2007

Bonus Trivia

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At the age of 13 he lost the sense of smell after a brutal street fight that would later serve as inspiration to some of his best screenplays.

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