Krizan, Kim 1961-

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KRIZAN, Kim 1961-

(Kim Arnette Krizan)

PERSONAL: Born November 1, 1961, in Hawthorne, CA; married Chip Moser, May 1, 1999. Education: Received master's degree.

ADDRESSES: Agent—c/o Vintage Publicity, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.

CAREER: Writer and actor. Has taught literature and writing at the college level. Actress in films, including Slacker, Detour/Orion, 1991; Dazed and Confused, Universal, 1993; The Devil, 1996; Spamarama the Movie, 1996; and Waking Life, 2001. Also sang in rock bands Wet and Femme Iron.

AWARDS, HONORS: Academy Award nomination for best screenplay, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2005, for Before Sunset.


(With Richard Linklater) Before Sunrise (screenplay; produces by Columbia, 1995), published as Before Sunrise: The Film, photographs by Gabriela Brandenstein, St. Martin's Griffin, (New York, NY), 1995.

(Author of story, with Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy) Before Sunset (screenplay; also see below), Castle Rock Entertainment, 2004

(With Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy) Before Sunset: A Screenplay [and] Before Sunrise: A Screenplay, Vintage (New York, NY), 2005.

SIDELIGHTS: Along with Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan is the author of the film Before Sunrise. The 1995 romance focuses on twenty-somethings Jesse and Celine, who meet on a train while traveling through Europe. The attraction is immediate, and Jesse convinces Celine, who is on her way to study in Paris, to get off the train with him in Vienna so they can spend the day together until he must catch a plane home to America. The film follows the two as a flirtatious romance evolves. Writing on the ReelViews Web site, James Berardinelli commented that "the plentiful and varied dialogue has a richness that few screenplays manage to capture." New York Times contributor Janet Maslin also appreciated the movie, writing that it "taps into something universal, capturing the freshness of characters who are as much in love with self-expression as they could be with each other."

The characters that Krizan helped create return in the 2004 follow-up film, Before Sunset. Jesse, who is now unhappily married, and Celine reconnect after not seeing each other for nine years. Once again, the couple have only one day to spend together. They use their precious time strolling through Paris, talking about life and how it might have been different for both of them had they developed their relationship when they first met. Writing on the Friday and Saturday Night Web site, a reviewer felt that Before Sunset was better than its predecessor, adding that the story by Krizan, Linklater, and the two stars of the movie, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, "is smoother, allowing conversations to flow more naturally from one to the next." A New York Daily News contributor similarly observed that the "naturalistic dialogue is a masterful bit of writing."



Christian Science Monitor, January 27, 1995, David Sterritt, review of Before Sunrise, p. 14,

Cosmopolitan, March, 1995, Guy Flately, review of Before Sunrise, p. 24.

Hollywood Reporter, February 6, 2005, Stephen Galloway, "Best Adapted Screenplay: For These Nominees, Tailoring the Creations of Others for the Big Screen Is an Art Perfected," p. 49.

New York Daily News, July 1, 2004, review of Before Sunset.

New Yorker, January 30, 1995, Anthony Lane, review of Before Sunrise, p. 93.

New York Times, January 27, 2995, Janet Maslin, review of Before Sunrise.


Friday and Saturday Night Web site, (May 18, 2005), review of Before Sunset.

Internet Movie Database, (May 18, 2005), "Kim Krizan."

ReelViews, (May 18, 2005), James Berardinelli, review of Before Sunrise.