“I’m happy you brought up [Quentin] Tarantino. They say that I [am] influenced [by] Tarantino, so I had to go and rent Tarantino movies to see who was my influence. I think Tarantino belongs to the other kind of writers. It’s clear that he hasn’t suffered real violence in his life. I don’t have that sense of smell. I was cut by a knife before I was 14. So I know that violence is real. My cinema has nothing to do with Tarantino. You want to see one American influencing me? Go to William Faulkner.” — Babel screenwriter Guillermo Ariagga (also the writer of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, 21 Grams, Amores perros) speaking to SF 360 writer Michael Fox.