The FVC and the Newport Beach Film Festival welcome screenwriter Zach Helm, named one of Variety’s “10 Writers to Watch” and winner of the 2006 Best Original Screenplay from the National Board of Review for Stranger Than Fiction. He has just completed production on the upcoming film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, which he directed and wrote.
Will Ferrell stars as Harold Crick, a lonely IRS agent whose mundane existence is transformed when he hears a mysterious voice narrating his life. With the help of Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), Harold discovers he’s the main character in a novel-in-progress and that the voice belongs to Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson), an eccentric author famous for killing her main characters in creative ways. Harold must quickly track down Eiffel and stop her before she conjures up a way to finish him off. Meanwhile, he finds unexpected comfort in a burgeoning romance with a defiant audit subject, Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal).
“Stranger Than Fiction is a meditation on life, art and romance, and on the kinds of responsibility we have. Such an uncommonly intelligent film does not often get made.”
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Directed by Marc Forster. 2006, USA • 113 minutes • 35mm
Co-sponsored by the Newport Beach Film Festival
and the UC Irvine Department of English