Adaptation.


1h 54m 2002

Brief Synopsis

Despite the success of his first produced script, "Being John Malkovich," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay, Charlie Kaufman is plagued by insecurities, both in his career and his personal life. When he is hired to adapt "The Orchid Thief," a nonfiction b

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Dec 6, 2002
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 2 Dec 2002; Los Angeles premiere: 3 Dec 2002
Production Company
Magnet/Clinica Estetico Productions;
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.; Intermedia Films
Country
United States
Location
New York, USA; Florida, USA; California, USA; La Canada--Descanso Gardens, California, United States; New York, United States; California, United States; Florida, United States
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (New York, 1998).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Synopsis

In contemporary Los Angeles, California, obsessively insecure screenwriter Charlie Kaufman considers himself fat, ugly and loveless. In 1998, after being thrown off the set of Being John Malkovich , even though he wrote the screenplay, Charlie humbly reviews his origins from the earth's evolution to his birth. Later, at a contemporary Los Angeles café, Charlie meets studio executive Valerie Thomas, who hires him to develop author Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. Charlie anxiously expounds on his belief that the film should mirror the conceit of the book and focus on flowers, rather than degrade into a "Hollywood" formula movie involving guns, car chases and characters learning profound life lessons. In New York, three years prior to this meeting, Susan Orlean writes the first draft of an article for The New Yorker magazine, "The Orchid Thief" which was the basis for her book. Susan describes John Laroche, a brilliant, eccentric and passionate horticulturist who two years earlier worked with Seminole Indians to steal rare orchids from the Fakahatchee State Preserve in Florida. John and three Indians, including Matthew Osceola and Russell, waded through swamps to obtain a "ghost" orchid and numerous other protected plant specimens, then tried to use John's copious knowledge about related court cases to dissuade a sheriff from arresting them. In contemporary Los Angeles, Charlie returns home to learn that his unemployed twin brother Donald has decided to become a screenwriter. Charlie is offended by Donald's enthusiastic but formulaic ideas about screenwriting. However, later that night, Charlie's own attempts to write are foiled by his thoughts about food. Years earlier, Susan is also at work writing about the history of orchid hunters, many of whom died during expeditions. Susan surmises that John is as devoted to the inherent danger of orchid hunting as he is to the flowers themselves. She attends John's court trial following his encounter in the preserve, after which he accepts her proposal to write an article about him. During her first interview with John in his filthy van, he explains his plan to cultivate the ghost orchid to prevent future poaching. Susan takes notes about his "delusions of grandeur." In present day Los Angeles, Charlie reads Susan's book following a failed romance with Amelia Savan, a violinist whom he was too afraid to kiss. His frustration deepens when Donald blithely announces his intention to pitch his screenplay idea the next day. Three years earlier, Susan continues meeting with John. Although she becomes entranced by John's lofty views about orchids, she belittles him in absentia at a dinner party attended by her husband and several sophisticated friends in New York. However, while writing that night, Susan concedes her longing for a passion as intoxicating as orchid hunting. Charlie also fantasizes about passion as he reads Susan's book. Donald interrupts one sexual fantasy about a waitress named Alice to discuss the plot of his script. The story, which conflates a murderer, his victim and a policeman into one person, is the kind of crime movie Charlie despises, and he exposes Donald's flawed logic. Another day, Charlie attends the Santa Barbara Orchid Show alone after Alice evades his clumsy attempt to invite her. There he is inspired by Susan's book to imagine the elegant orchids as women of all varieties. While Charlie's insecurity impedes his love life and the Being John Malkovich crew still ignores him, Donald falls in love with Caroline, a make-up artist from the set, and encounters no difficulties in writing his script. Charlie's struggle finally eases when he is inspired by Charles Darwin's theories about evolution and adaptation, and interweaves the story of the orchid with John's and Susan's narratives. Charlie works feverishly and conceives of opening the film with the evolution of life on earth, to be followed by a scene depicting Susan at work on the book. Susan continues to develop her article around John's life, and learns what happened nine years earlier when he owned a nursery: John inadvertently causes a car accident, after which he loses his front teeth, his mother and uncle are killed, and his wife spends three weeks in a coma. After her recovery, John's wife divorces him, and a month later, Hurricane Andrew destroys his nursery. John is then hired to work at the Seminole nursery and longs to create "something amazing" for them. Susan uses John's sentiment as the subtitle for her 1996 article. Soon after its publication, Valerie buys the film rights to Susan's unfinished book. Writer's block continues to plague Charlie, who is pressured by his agent, Marty Bowen, to meet Valerie's deadline. Although he is inspired anew by Susan's photograph, his insecurity and self-loathing spur him to refuse Valerie's offer to introduce him to Susan, and he decides to write himself into his screenplay. When Charlie finally resolves to go to New York to meet Susan, Donald advises him to attend his screen writing mentor Robert McKee's seminar. While he is on the plane, the closing lines of Susan's book reveal that when John took her into the swamp to find a ghost orchid, they got lost and she never saw the flower. Although Charlie reaches The New Yorker office, he is too paralyzed by fear even to speak to Susan when she coincidentally boards the elevator with him. In his hotel room that night, Charlie explodes in anger following a telephone call during which Marty praises Donald's screenplay, and suggests that Charlie seek writing advice from his brother. Terrified by impending failure, Charlie forces himself to attend McKee's seminar, which he previously disparaged as formulaic. McKee publicly berates Charlie after he admits that he has written a script in which nothing happens. Afterward, McKee privately encourages Charlie to revise his script with characters who experience change and an ending that "wows" the audience. When McKee discovers that Donald and Charlie are brothers, he reminds Charlie that Casablanca 's brilliant screenplay was written by brothers Julius and Philip Epstein. Inspired, Charlie invites Donald to New York to help him with his script. After impersonating Charlie and meeting with Susan, Donald becomes convinced that she had an affair with John. His suspicions are confirmed when he visits John's new pornographic website and sees a nude picture of Susan. That night, Charlie and Donald use binoculars to spy on Susan, and learn that she has booked a flight to Florida. Unaware of the brothers' espionage, Susan lies in bed and reflects that she lied to her husband as well as to the readers of her book, about how she was changed three years earlier: During her visit to the swamp, Susan does see a ghost orchid, and is unmoved. John sends her some of the drug extracted from the orchid, which will give Susan the passion she is seeking, admitting that he is cultivating the flower because it can be used to create a ceremonial drug prized by the Seminoles. Susan becomes addicted and she and John become lovers. In the present, Donald and Charlie follow Susan to Miami. At night while Donald waits in the car, Charlie peers through the window of John's house and sees him and Susan making love and inhaling the orchid drug. When John catches Charlie and Susan recognizes him, she decides to kill him in order to avoid being exposed. John opposes the idea, but follows them in his van to the swamp. Donald, who has been hiding in the car's back seat, prevents Susan from shooting Charlie by opening the back door and knocking her down. As the brothers hide in the swamp, while John and Susan search for them in vain, Charlie gains a new appreciation of his brother. The next morning, when the brothers try to slip away, John shoots and wounds Donald. He and Charlie escape in their car but are hit by a ranger's truck. The impact propels Donald through the windshield to his death, but Charlie is saved by the driver's side airbag. Susan and John then chase Charlie back into the swamp, where John is mauled to death by an alligator before he can fire at Charlie. Susan spits insults at Charlie that expose his worst fears about himself, while cradling her dead lover in her arms. After police arrive on the scene, Charlie calls his mother with the tragic news. He returns to Los Angeles and incorporates the Florida events into his script, including the guns, car chases and characters learning profound life lessons. Charlie later meets Amelia for coffee, and finally admits his love for her. Although she reminds him that she is involved with someone else, Amelia returns his affection, then leaves. Charlie decides to end the script with this encounter with Amelia, which has filled him with hope, and he exits the parking garage onto Sunset Boulevard. The flowers in a planter on the street open and close with the passing days and nights.

Crew

Lance Acord

Director of Photography

Mike Adler

Chief lighting tech

John Allardice

Digital Domain [crew]

Danny M. Anderson

Dolly grip

Peter Andrus

Art Director

Jess Anscott

Standby greens

David Bach

ADR Editor

Justine Baddeley

Casting

Anzhey Barantsevich

Gray Matter FX, accountant

Kent James Stewart Barber

Loc Manager

Lynn Barber

Makeup

Rick Barker

Stunts

Lou Barlow

Composer

Paul Barnes

Artist's Asylum, lead mold-maker

Kk Barrett

Production Design

Richard Beggs

Sound Designer

David Bergad

Dial Editor

Michael R. Berry

Medic

Gary Bevans

Production Assistant

Jonilyn Bissett

Assistant prod accountant

Richard Bjorlin

Digital Domain [crew]

Cris Blyth

Digital Domain [crew]

Garry Bonner

Composer

Dan Bradley

2nd Unit Director

Dan Bradley

Stunt Coordinator

Anita Brown

Costumes

Stephen Bures

Assistant to Mr. Cage

Shannan Burkley

Digital Domain [crew]

Carter Burwell

Music

Beau Cameron

Gray Matter FX, bee seq CG character animator

Jodi Campanaro

Digital Domain [crew]

Chris Carnel

Stunts

Maria K. Chavez

2d unit, prod Supervisor

Nina Chien

2d Assistant Camera

Lynn Christopher

Set Design

David A. Cohen

Dial Editor

Lawrence L. Commans

Boom Operator

Marc Coppola

Kaufman twin

Joseph Coscia

Hairstylist

Elvis Costello

Composer

David Crawford

Gray Matter FX, compositor

Gary D'amico

Special Effects

Peter R. Davidson

Set Design

John Davis

Composer

Robert Davis

Labor foreman

Kim Davis-wagner

Casting

Jonathan Demme

Producer

Jean-marc Demmer

Digital Domain [crew]

Sean Devereaux

Digital Domain [crew]

Leslie Ekker

Digital Domain [crew]

Cate Engel

Casting Associate

Michael Farrow

Score mixer

Mark W. Fay

Boom Operator

James Fealy

2d unit, Director of Photographer

Jamie Felz

1st Assistant Camera

Nathan Fitzgerald

Assistant Editor

Jamie Fleming

Swing gang

Chris Forster

Const Coordinator

Bob Fredrickson

Col timer

Jim Frohna

2d unit, gaffer

Wally Gagel

Composer

Tony Gardner

Artist's Asylum, makeup Effects Designer

Alan Gordon

Composer

Paul Graff

Gray Matter FX, 2D artist

Shari D. Gray

Wardrobe Supervisor

Ric Griffith

2d grip

Zoli Hajdu

Dolly grip

Beck Hansen

Composer

Isabel Harkins

Makeup

Joel Harlow

Makeup Department head

Vance Hartwell

Artist's Asylum, Effects artist

Andrew Hayes

Assistant prod coordinator

J. Roy Helland

Makeup and hair for Ms. Streep

Linda Henry

Gray Matter FX, compositor

Lora Hirschberg

Re-rec mixer

Stacy M. Horn

Wardrobe Supervisor

Shoshana Horowitz

2d unit, prod Supervisor

Jessica Huebner

Artist's Asylum, project Manager

Kelly Hunt

Extras casting

Mick Jagger

Composer

Julie Janney

Stand-in for Ms. Streep

Jeffrey Paul Johnson

Props Master

Kristin Johnson

Gray Matter FX, compositor

Eric Jordan

Gray Matter FX, systems admin

Nikos Kalaitzidis

Digital Domain [crew]

Ben Kaller

Still Photographer

Chiemi Karasawa

Script Supervisor

Christian Kastner

On-set dresser

Charlie Kaufman

Executive Producer

Charlie Kaufman

Screenwriter

Donald Kaufman

Screenwriter

Janette Kim

Production Assistant

Joan Kim

Gray Matter FX, bee seq compositor

Rich King

Extras casting

Michael Kirchberger

Supervisor Sound Editor

Karen Koch

Unit Production Manager

Drew Kunin

Prod mixer

Marco Kyris

Stand-in for Mr. Cage

Vincent Landay

Producer

Larry Law

Addl Editor

Bryan Lawson

Assistant Music Editor

Lane Leavitt

Stunts

Michael Leblovic

Lead painter

Kent Lidke

Gray Matter FX, bee seq lighting digital artist

Thomas H. Lohmann

Camera Operator

Andy Lucskay

Production Assistant

Margaux Mackay

Visual Matter FX, Supervisor prod

Michelle Madden

Researcher

Scott Malchus

Artist's Asylum, makeup Effects prod

Michael Maloney

Gray Matter FX, compositor

Harris Mann

Kaufman twin

Gray Marshall

Visual Effects Supervisor

Krista Martin

Production Assistant

Albert Mason

Gray Matter FX, digital prod

Michael G. Maurer

Production Assistant

Conor Mccullagh

Alligator puppeteer

Geoff Mcfetridge

Title Designer

Patricia Mcnulty

Art Department Coordinator

Julien Meesters

Digital Domain [crew]

Joseph Messier

2d unit, key grip

Henry S. Miller

Composer

Jeremy Molod

Assistant Sound Editor

Everett Moore

Apprentice Sound Editor

Marnie Moore

Foley artist

Roz Music

Hair Department head

Gino Nix

Key grip

Eileen O'connor

Digital Domain [crew]

Brian O'kelley

2d Assistant Director

Nathan Oliver

Production Assistant

Andrew Ortner

Prod Secretary

Eric Osmond

1st Assistant Editor

Jonathan Paley

Stand-in for Mr. Cooper

Krista Parris

Prod Associate

Joseph Patridge

Production Assistant

Nick Peck

Foley mixer

Christine Petrov

Gray Matter FX, compositor

Hans Michael Pickel

Video assist

Kevin Pickett

Craft service

Bobby Pollard

Swing gang

Jennifer Porst

Assistant to Spike & Vincenzo

Darren Prescott

Stunts

Jory Prum

Foley rec

Keith Richards

Composer

Dave Riebel

2d unit, 2d Assistant Director

Scott Rogers

Stunts

Ann Roth

Ms. Streep's clothing Designer by

George Rowles

Gray Matter FX, rotoscope artist

Griff Ruggles

Transportation captain

Anders Rundblad

Const foreman

Andrew J. Sacks

Prod Supervisor

Paul Salamoff

Artist's Asylum, Effects tech

Grant D. Samson

Leadman

Peter Saraf

Executive Producer

Nick Satriano

2d unit, 1st Assistant Director

Edward Saxon

Producer

Rick Schuler

Loc Manager

Gene Serdena

Set Decoration

Randy Sharp

Digital Domain [crew]

Julia Shirar

Assistant Sound Editor

Howard Shur

Assistant to Spike & Vincenzo

Porfirio Silva

Lead greens

Emily Sklar

Assistant to Ms. Streep

Adam Milo Smalley

Music Editor

David Smith

Artist's Asylum, lead artist

Gregory J. Smith

2d 2d Assistant Director

Matthew D. Smith

2d unit, 2d Assistant Director

Thomas Patrick Smith

1st Assistant dur

Kent Sparling

Re-rec mixer

Seve Spracklen

Prod accountant

Peter Staubli

Sound Effects Editor

David Steiner

Paint foreman

Joseph Stevenson

Motion control op

Robby Stinton

Transportation co-captain

Bill Storkson

Foley Supervisor

Casey Storm

Costume Design

Rick C. Taplin

Prod coordinator

Lilo Tauvao

Artist's Asylum, Effects artist

Paul Taylor

Steadicam op

Greg Teegarden

Digital Domain [crew]

Deborah Travis

Costumes

Dan Trezise

Gray Matter FX, compositor

Carson Turner

Assistant loc Manager

Ed Ulbrich

Digital Domain [crew]

Christopher Vail

Assistant Props master

Larry Waggoner

Hairstylist

Chris Weigand

Assistant chief lighting tech

Allen Weisinger

Makeup

Vernon R. Wilbert Jr.

Digital Domain [crew]

Emma Wilcockson

Prod Associate

Mark H. Williams

1st Assistant Camera

Matthew W. Williams

Camera loader

Kevin Yagher

Prosthetic makeup for Mr. Cage

Eddie Yansick

Stunts

Eric Zumbrunnen

Editing

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Dec 6, 2002
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 2 Dec 2002; Los Angeles premiere: 3 Dec 2002
Production Company
Magnet/Clinica Estetico Productions;
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.; Intermedia Films
Country
United States
Location
New York, USA; Florida, USA; California, USA; La Canada--Descanso Gardens, California, United States; New York, United States; California, United States; Florida, United States
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (New York, 1998).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Award Wins

Best Supporting Actor

2002
Chris Cooper

Best Supporting Actor

2003
Chris Cooper

Award Nominations

Best Actor

2002
Nicolas Cage

Best Adapted Screenplay

2002

Best Supporting Actress

2002
Meryl Streep

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Adaptation [listed as Adaptation. on the film's title card] features intermittent voice-over narration by Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep as their respective characters. The narrative timeline of the film is inconsistent, and it is unclear if some scenes were intended to appear as occurring in 1998 or later. End credits include a number of names and companies under "Special Thanks," including Descanso Gardens, The New Yorker, Seminole Tribe of Florida and Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Actors John Cusack, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich, who appeared in the film as themselves, also received special thanks but no official cast credit.
       The closing credits also feature the following quotation from the fictional screenplay The Three, written by Charlie Kaufman's fictional brother, Donald: "We're all one thing, Lieutenant. That's what I've come to realize. Like cells in a body. `Cept we can't see the body. The way fish can't see the ocean. And so we envy each other. Hurt each other. Hate each other. How silly is that? A heart cell hating a lung cell." These lines are attributed to a character named "Cassie." After this quotation, the credits conclude with the following dedication: "In Loving Memory of Donald Kaufman."
       Real life author Susan Orlean's article "The Orchid Thief," on which her book was based, was first published in the January 23, 1996 issue of the New Yorker magazine. As credited onscreen, Adaptation is based on Orlean's book, as well as screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's real-life attempt to develop Orlean's book into a screenplay. Kaufman suffered "writer's block" during this process and incorporated this writing experience, as well as fictional elements, into the script of Adaptation. Kaufman created the character of a twin brother and co-screenwriter named Donald Kaufman, also played by Cage. The actor used prosthetics and gained weight to alter his appearance for his role as the twins. The fictional sibling receives onscreen credit as the screenplay's co-writer.
       In addition to fictional characters, contemporary persons portrayed by actors include Orlean, Orlean's husband, John Gillespie, Jr., horticulturalist John Laroche, Columbia Pictures executive Valerie Thomas, Kaufman's agent Marty Bowen and screenwriter-teacher Robert McKee, as well as numerous others. In addition, cinematographer Lance Acord and first assistant director Thomas Smith from the 1999 production Being John Malkovich, which was written by Kaufman, appear as themselves in Adaptation. Sequences that are featured in Adaptation but are not referenced in the plot synopsis above include scenes depicting a bee pollinating an orchid while Laroche describes the philosophical nature of the process, 19th century orchid hunters William Arnold and Augustus Margary meeting their deaths, and 19th century naturalist Charles Darwin writing about evolution and adaptation. The Margary and Darwin scenes are in black-and-white. In another scene, the name of the film's second assistant director, Brian O. Kelley, appears on an audio tape box of The Writings of Charles Darwin in Laroche's truck. It has not been determined if Kelley actually recorded the tape that is heard in the scene.
       A April 6, 2000 news item in Daily Variety reported that Tom Hanks was considered for a role in Adaptation, and an article in the November 2002 issue of Entertainment Weekly noted that Jonathan Demme originally intended to direct this film. As noted in a November 10, 1999 news item, Demme's production company, Clinica Estetico, initially optioned the script for production through Universal Studios. According to a December 9, 2002 article in Time, a cameo appearance by Orlean was cut from the final print. As noted in the onscreen credits, Adaptation was shot on location in California, New York and Florida.
       In addition to being selected as one of AFI's top ten films of 2002, Adaptation won Golden Globe awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, (Streep) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Cooper). Additional Golden Globe nominations included Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor-Musical or Comedy (Cage), Best Director (Spike Jonze) and Best Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman). Cooper won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, with Cage receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, Streep being nominated for Best Supporting Actress and the Kaufmans being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Adaptation also received a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. Cage was nominated by SAG as Best Lead Actor in a Movie, while Cooper received a Best Supporting Actor in a Movie nomination. The entire cast was nominated by SAG for the Outstanding Performance by a Cast award.
       The film was also received the following awards and nominations: it was honored by the National Board of Review for Supporting Actor (Cooper) and Screenwriter of the Year (Charlie Kaufman, for Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Human Nature); The PGA nominated the film for its Darryl Zanuck Producer of the Year Award; the New York Film Critics Circle included Adaptation in its list of top ten films of the year and awarded Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman Best Screenplay; the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named Cooper as Best Supporting Actor; the Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Awards nominated Adaptation for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Cooper), Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Writer (Charlie Kaufman); the film placed fifth on The New York Times Ten Best Movies list; the National Society of Film Critics awarded Cooper Best Supporting Actor, Runner-up; and the New York Film Critics Online ranked the film sixth on their list of ten best films of the year, as well as awarding Cooper as Best Supporting Actor, Runner-up; and Kaufman as Winner for Best Screenplay.

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner of the 2002 award for Best Director (Spike Jonze), shared with Denzel Washington ("Antwone Fisher") and Sam Mendes ("Road to Perdition") by the Washington D.C. Film Critics.

Co-winner of the 2002 award for Best Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman), shared with Nia Vardalos ("My Big Fat Greek Wedding") by the Washington D.C. Film Critics.

Co-winner of the 2002 award for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper), shared with Dennis Haysbert ("Far From Heaven"), by the Washington D.C. Film Critics.

Nominated for the 2002 award for Best Adapted Screenplay by the Writer's Guild of America (WGA).

Nominated for three 2002 Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) awards, including Best Actor (Nicolas Cage), Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper), and Best Ensemble Cast.

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2002 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of four 2002 awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) including: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Nicolas Cage), and Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper).

Winner of the 2002 award for Best Screenplay from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Winner of the 2002 award for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper) by the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 2002 award for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper) by the Seattle Film Critics.

Winner of the 2002 award for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper) from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 2002 award for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper) from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Winner of the 2002 award for Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper) from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Winner of two 2002 awards by the Broadcast Film Critics Association including: Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper) and Best Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman). Also nominated for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep).

Winner of two 2002 awards by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, including Best Supporting Actor (Chris Cooper) and Best Screeplay (Charlie Kaufman).

Winner of two 2002 awards from the Chicago Film Critics Association, including Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep) and Best Screenplay (Charlie and Donald Kaufman).

Released in United States Winter December 6, 2002

Released in United States on Video May 20, 2003

Released in United States February 2003

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition)February 6-16, 2003.

Charlie Kaufman was named the 2002 Screenwriter of the Year for his screenplays: "Adaptation", "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and "Human Nature".

Released in United States Winter December 6, 2002

Released in United States on Video May 20, 2003

Released in United States February 2003 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition)February 6-16, 2003.)

Winner of the Jury Grand Prix - Silver Berlin Bear at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival.