A Minute With: Director Nolan talks about "Inception"

Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:38pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director Chris Nolan has always liked a challenge.

His breakthrough film "Memento" began at the end and ran backward. Five years later he resurrected the Batman franchise with his acclaimed "Batman Returns" and triumphed again with smash hit "The Dark Knight."

His new film "Inception," which he also wrote and produced, hits theaters in the United States and Canada on Friday. It is his first sci-fi film, and it tells the mind-bending tale of dream thieves working inside people's subconscious


With a reported budget of $160 million and locations in Britain, Japan, France and Morocco, "Inception" combines the huge scale of his Batman films with the cerebral trickiness of 2002's "Insomnia" and 2006's "The Prestige." Nolan spoke to Reuters about his new movie.

Q: "Inception" is about dreams. Do you have vivid dreams?

A: "I do, depending on my schedule. If I get up early, I don't really remember them. But I find dreams very interesting. I'm fascinated by them. They're one of the most mysterious processes of the human mind. And all films are like a dream state, in a way."

Q: The last time we spoke you said you wanted to make a "much smaller film" after the Batman films. What happened?   Continued...

<p>Actors Leonardo DiCaprio (L), Marion Cotillard (C) and director Christopher Nolan pose as they arrive for the premiere of the film ''Inception'' in Paris July 10, 2010. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes</p>