Q&A with director Alejandro Amenabar

Alejandro Amenabar just can't stay in one place. The Chilean-born, Spanish-raised auteur burst onto the international scene with the surrealist gem "Abre Los Ojos" (a movie later remade by Cameron Crowe as "Vanilla Sky"). Then he went into the realm of the spooky with 2001's "The Others," a surprise hit that breathed new life into the hackneyed genre of the ghost story (and had one of the great whopper endings in modern genre tales).

The director then pulled a 180 in 2004 with the bittersweet human drama "The Sea Inside," a tearjerker in which Javier Bardem starred as a terminally ill man who fought for his right to die -- and a film which won the foreign-language Oscar that year. Now he pushes deeper into new territory with "Agora," a big-budget story about astronomy, politics and a master-slave relationship in Roman Egypt. With a reported $60 million budget, it's one of the most expensive art house movies in recent memory -- and one of the most anticipated acquisition titles here at Cannes). The Hollywood Reporter's Steven Zeitchik talked to Amenabar about the latest turn in his eclectic career. 


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