Oscar Nominee's Advice On Writing / Directing

THE BURNING PLAIN starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Having proven himself with his complex, emotional and provocative stories in Babel (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett), 21 Grams (Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro), and Amores Perros (Gael Garcia Berrnal) with director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu and his script for actor/director Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of Melquidas Estrada (January Jones, Dwight Yoakum, Arriaga turned to directing his first feature-length film. 

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Transitioning from screenwriter to director was a natural move for the talented writer who sat down with CineMovie to discuss what it takes to be a writer and director.  The writer/director is also a college professor and provides insightful advice and lessons for the next generation of filmmakers.  Watch the interview above

THE BURNING PLAIN open August 18th in movie theaters with simultaneous release on VOD and Amazon.

Movie Synopsis

THE BURNING PLAIN, a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron plays Sylvia, a beautiful restaurant manager whose cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, Sylvia is launched into a journey through space and time that inextricably connects her to these disparate characters, all of whom are grappling with their own romantic destinies.

In Mexico, a young motherless girl, Maria (Tessa Ia), lives happily with her father and his best friend until a tragic accident changes it all. In the New Mexico border town of Las Cruces, two teenagers, Mariana (Jennifer Lawrence) and Santiago (JD Pardo), find love in the aftermath of their parents’ sudden deaths. In an abandoned trailer, a housewife, Gina (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger), embarks on a passionate affair that will put Sylvia and the others on a collision course with the explosive power of forbidden love.

From 2929 Productions (Good Night and Good Luck, We Own the Night), the film was produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie Macdonald (Catch Me If You Can, Sweeney Todd) and executive produced by Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban, Marc Butan, and Ray Angelic.

Starring:   CHARLIZE THERON, JOHN CORBETT, Kim Basinger, Tessa Ia, Jennifer Lawrence, JD Pardo
Screenplay By:   Guillermo Arriaga
Directed By:       Guillermo Arriaga

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