Guillermo Arriaga


Guillermo Arriaga Jordán is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. Self-defined as “a hunter who works as a writer,” he is best known for his Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay nominations for Babel and his screenplay for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which received the 2005 Cannes Best Screenplay Award.


Autobiography for Quais du Polar

I am the guy who grow up in Unidad Modelo, the best place possible to garner life’s experiences. A tough place with wonderful stories. Knives, guns, ferocious dogs (specially mine), fights (lot of them) and also football, love, friendship and families. I got out of the hood, but the hood never got out of me. I have the privilege of being the son of Carlos and Amelia, natural storytellers and incredible parents who strongly believed in love, culture and education and formed the man I am now. 


Favorite “noir”

livre : Hamlet,  William Shakespeare

film : Le Parrain (The God Father), Francis Ford Coppola

auteur : William Faulkner or Juan Rulfo

auteur : Knockin on Heaven’s Door , Bob Dylan or Hey Joe, Hendrix version