Editor | Peter Bowen
Cary Fukunaga in indieWIRE, LA Times, NY Times, WSJ
Posted March 17, 2009
In preparation for the opening of Sin Nombre, director Cary Fukunaga is popping up up in newspapers across the country. Today indieWIRE reprised their Sundance Film Festival piece.
Last week, Dennis Lim in his New York Times' article “At the Border Between Politics and Thrills” considers the new wave of films about our national borders and what that means. Lim includes a part where Fukunaga points how immediate and everyday his themes and topics really are. Lim writes, “To the extent that Sin Nombre has a message, Mr. Fukunaga said, he hopes it is an “anti-isolationist” one. “Americans think we’re so far away from the world,” he said. “But this is a North American story. It’s not so exotic. And it obviously has an impact here every day. Look right there” — he pointed to the open kitchen of the Manhattan restaurant where the interview was being conducted, staffed mainly by Latino workers — “that’s where it’s happening.”"
John Jurgensen’s "An Outsider's Look Inside Mexico" in The Wall Street Journal considers how Fukunaga, a non-Mexican, sees the country with outsider’s eyes. As Jurgensen notes, “Sin Nombre was conceived and executed by an outsider: an American fresh from film school at New York University. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, 31 years old, grew up in the San Francisco area with close family members of Japanese, Swedish and Hispanic descent.”
Reed Johnson at the Los Angeles Times retraces the terrifying lessons that Fukunaga had to learn to make the film. "In the shattered calm of the Mexican night," begins Johnson, "sitting atop a railroad tanker car, Cary Joji Fukunaga didn't yet know that a man was being murdered. But he'd heard the screams, gunshots and shouts in Spanish of "Bandits!" and he was bracing to make a run for it, if need be. It was summer 2005, and Fukunaga was researching the screenplay for his first feature film."