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Sin Nombre director to do Jane Eyre

Posted by LiveFor on October 21, 2009

caryThis is a bit of a surprise. Cary Fukunaga (Sin nombre) is in advanced negotiations to direct a feature adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre for Ruby Films according to Variety.

Moira Buffini has written the script. Buffini is fast becoming one of the U.K.’s hottest scribes thanks to her adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel “Tamara Drewe” for director Stephen Frears and her own upcoming vampire project “Byzantium,” based on her stage play, “A Vampire Story.”

This new version will play up the gothic elements of the classic 19th century story about a governess who falls in love with her surly employer who has a dark secret.

The book is one of the most iconic in English literature and has been the subject of numerous previous adaptations. The BBC turned the book into a miniseries that won three Emmys in 2007, while the most recent feature, made in 1996, was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist).

Ellen Page was previously attached to star as Jane but left the project some time ago.

The helmer has been much in demand following his best director prize at this year’s Sundance for feature debut “Sin nombre,” a gritty gang drama set in Latin America.

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Sin Nombre – Trailer. Is it the next Slumdog Millionaire?

Posted by LiveFor on February 10, 2009

Sin Nombre is an epic dramatic thriller written and directed by Student Academy Award winner Cary Joji Fukunaga in his feature debut. The filmmaker’s firsthand experiences with Central American immigrants seeking the promise of the U.S. form the basis of the Spanish-language movie.

Sin Nombre tells the story of Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a teenager living in Honduras, and hungering for a brighter future. A reunion with her long-estranged father gives Sayra her only real option – emigrating with her father and her uncle into Mexico and then the United States, where her father now has a new family.

Meanwhile, Casper, a.k.a. Willy (Edgar Flores), is a teenager living in Tapachula, Mexico, and facing an uncertain future. A member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang brotherhood, he has just brought to the Mara a new recruit, 12-year-old Smiley (Kristyan Ferrer), who undergoes a rough initiation.

While Smiley quickly takes to gang life, Casper tries to protect his relationship with girlfriend Martha Marlene (Diana García), keeping their love a secret from the Mara. But when Martha encounters Tapachula’s Mara leader Lil’ Mago (Tenoch Huerta Mejía), she is brutally taken from Casper forever.

Sayra and her relatives manage to cross over into Mexico. There, they join other immigrants waiting at the Tapachula train yards. When a States-bound freight train arrives one night, they successfully rush to board – riding atop it, rather than in the cars – as does Lil’ Mago, who has commandeered Casper and Smiley along to rob immigrants.

When day breaks, Lil’ Mago makes his move and Casper in turn makes a fateful decision. Casper must now navigate the psychological gauntlet of his violent existence and the physical one of the unforgiving Mara, but Sayra bravely allies herself with him as the train journeys through the Mexican countryside towards the hope of new lives.

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