Writer Mexican Producer
Known for his complex narrative structures, intense stories and characters full of contradictions and humanity, Guillermo Arriaga penned the original screenplays for 21 GRAMS and AMORES PERROS and served as associate producer on both films. Arriaga won the Golden Palm for Best Screenplay at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA, a film helmed by Tommy Lee Jones, in which Arriaga also starred. Most recently, he completed the screen adaptation of EL BUFALO DE LA NOCHE, based on his novel of the same name, and will serve as producer on the feature film.
Arriaga is the author of three novels, Guillotine Squad, A Sweet Scent of Death and The Night Buffalo, and one book of short stories entitled Retorno 201. His writings, which appear in many languages, are highly praised by critics and audiences worldwide.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Arriaga has also directed, produced and written short films, documentaries, television series, radio and television commercials and has been a college professor for more than 25 years.