Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu and Guillermo Arriaga saw their second feature film venture, 21 Grams, opened in theaters today in 2003. Much like their other collaborations, Amores Perros and Babel, the moviemakers built a tale of interwoven characters and storylines, using handheld cameras for most of the film to create a gritty, in-your-face appeal. Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio Del Toro star in the nonlinear tale of drug addiction, love and the weight of the human soul. Both Watts and Del Toro went on to Academy Award, SAG and BAFTA nominations, with all three actors winning prizes at the Venice Film Festival.
Moviemaker Quotable: â€œI think the target of every film that I do is to create a catharsis, an emotional movement. The response depends on the people who see it and which story and which theme or simple image will speak to them.â€ â€”Alejandro GonzÃ¡lez IÃ±Ã¡rritu (MovieMaker, Issue #66)