DVD Release Date: 1/12/2010
THE BURNING PLAIN, a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron plays Sylvia, a beautiful restaurant manager whose cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, Sylvia is launched into a journey through space and time that inextricably connects her to these disparate characters, all of whom are grappling with their own romantic destinies.
In Mexico, a young motherless girl, Maria (Tessa Ia), lives happily with her father and his best friend until a tragic accident changes it all. In the New Mexico border town of Las Cruces, two teenagers, Mariana (Jennifer Lawrence) and Santiago (JD Pardo), find love in the aftermath of their parents’ sudden deaths. In an abandoned trailer, a housewife, Gina (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger), embarks on a passionate affair that will put Sylvia and the others on a collision course with the explosive power of forbidden love.
THE BURNING PLAIN is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada).
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY GUILLERMO ARRIAGA
PRODUCED BY WALTER PARKES AND LAURIE MACDONALD
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS TODD WAGNER MARK CUBAN MARC BUTAN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ALISA TAGER CHARLIZE THERON RAY ANGELIC
CO-PRODUCERS BETH KONO EDUARDO COSTANTINI MIKE UPTON
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ROBERT ELSWIT, A.S.C.
EDITOR CRAIG WOOD
MUSIC BY OMAR RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ & HANS ZIMMER
JOSE MARIA YAZPIK
“PUT THIS ONE AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST. Powerful, profound and beautifully rendered. Arriaga is one of the most innovative screenwriters working today. The parts intersect in masterful, unexpected ways.” - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
“I Loved it. Compelling and absorbing.” – Jeffrey Lyons, KNBC
“The performances by Theron and Basinger are strong enough to get noticed at Oscar time.” - Richard Corliss, Time
“A powerful contemporary melodrama with a full-on, Oscar-booking keystone performance by Charlize and a revelatory turn by young newcomer Jennifer Lawrence. It’s impossible not to admire the elegance with which Arriaga handles his narrative.” – Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
“A beautifully shot, well-acted ensemble piece. It recalls such resonant family sagas as Stevens’ Giant, Kazan’s East of Eden and Sayles’ Lone Star.” -James Verniere, Boston Herald
"A powerful, compelling and shocking drama that will keep you hooked from beginning to end. Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger deliver explosive performances. A certain must-see this fall!" - Pete Hammond, Los Angeles Times / The Envelope
“Emotionally fulfilling. The various parts of the story converge perfectly, like the pieces of a puzzle." – Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Arriaga has an exceptional feel for placing characters in a landscape that is at once physical and symbolic. His script has a unique feeling for America’s multi-ethnic core, with its crisscrossing of tensions and attractions.” – Hollywood Reporter