Babel is a 2006 psychological drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. It stars an ensemble cast; the multi-narrative drama completes Arriaga's and Iñárritu's Death Trilogy, following Amores perros and 21 Grams. It is an international co-production among companies based in the United States and Mexico; the film portrays multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Japan and the US. Babel was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, where González Iñárritu won the Best Director Award; the film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film opened in selected cities in the United States on 27 October 2006, went into wide release on 10 November 2006. Babel won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for both Rinko Kikuchi and Adriana Barraza, winning for Best Original Score. Babel focuses on four interrelated sets of situations and characters, many events are revealed out of sequence.
The film is edited in segments, patterned in the order shown below until towards the end of the film, at which point the order becomes randomized. The following plot summary has been simplified and thus does not reflect the exact sequence of the events on screen. In a desert in Morocco, Abdullah, a goatherder, buys a.270 Winchester M70 rifle and a box of ammunition from his neighbor Hassan Ibrahim to shoot the jackals that have been preying on his goats. Abdullah gives the rifle to his two young sons and Ahmed, sends them out to tend the herd. Ahmed, the older of the two, criticises Yussef for spying on their sister while she changes her clothes. Doubtful of the rifle's purported three-kilometer range, they decide to test it out, aiming first at rocks, a moving car on a highway below, at a bus carrying Western tourists. Yussef's bullet hits the bus, critically wounding Susan Jones, an American woman from San Diego, traveling with her husband Richard on vacation; the two boys realize what has flee the scene, hiding the rifle in the hills.
Glimpses of television news programs reveal that the US government considers the shooting a terrorist act and is pressuring the Moroccan government to apprehend the culprits. Having traced the rifle back to Hassan, the Moroccan police descend on his house and question him and his wife until they reveal that the rifle was given to him by a Japanese man, sold to Abdullah; the two boys see the police on the road and confess to their father what they have done, believing at the time that the American woman has died of her wounds. The three flee from their house, retrieving the rifle; the police corner them on the rocky slope of open fire. After Ahmed is hit in the leg, Yussef returns fire, striking one police officer in the shoulder; the police continue shooting, hitting Ahmed in the back fatally injuring him. As his father rages with grief, Yussef surrenders and confesses to the crimes, begging clemency for his family and medical assistance for his brother. Ahmed is taken away. Richard and Susan are an American couple who came on vacation to Morocco to get away from and mend their own woes.
The death of their infant third child, to SIDS, has strained their marriage and they struggle to communicate their frustration and blame. When Susan is shot on the tour bus, Richard orders the bus driver to the nearest village, Tazarine. There, a local veterinarian sews up Susan's wound to stem the loss of blood. Richard contacts the US embassy to request an ambulance; the other tourists wait for some time, but they demand to leave, fearing the heat and that they may be the target of further attacks. Richard tells the tour group to wait for the ambulance, which never arrives, the bus leaves without them; the couple stays behind with the bus's tour guide, still waiting for transport to a hospital. Political issues between the US and Morocco prevent quick help, but a helicopter arrives and carries Richard and Susan to a hospital in Casablanca, where she is expected to recover. Richard calls his children's nanny, from the hospital, they agree not to tell the children that Susan has been shot yet.
Richard cries as his son tells him about his day at school, leading directly into the Mexico storyline. Richard and Susan's Mexican nanny, tends to their children and Mike, in their San Diego, California home while they are in Morocco; when Amelia learns of Susan's injury, she is forced to take care of the children longer than planned and becomes worried that she will miss her son's wedding. Unable to secure any other help to care for them, she calls Richard for advice, who tells her that she has to stay with the children. Without his permission, Amelia decides to take the children with her to the wedding in a rural community near Tijuana, Mexico, her nephew Santiago offers to the kids to the wedding. They cross the border uneventfully and the children are soon confronted by the Mexican culture and street scene; the revelry of the wedding extends well into the evening, the kids enjoy themselves in the festivities. Rather than staying the night in Mexico with the children, Amelia decides to drive back to the States with Santiago.
He has been drinking and the border guards become suspicious of him and the American children in the car. Amelia has passports for all four travelers, but no letter of consent from the children's parents allowing her to take them out
Fernando Francisco González Ciuffardi is a former professional tennis player from Chile. During his career he made it to the quarterfinal round of all four Grand Slam tournaments, he played his only major final at the 2007 Australian Open. He is the fourth male tennis player in history to have won each Olympic medal; the gold medal González won together with Nicolás Massú in the 2004 Olympic doubles competition was the first gold medal won by Chile at the Olympics. Throughout his career, González defeated many past and present top players, including Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moyá, Gustavo Kuerten, Marat Safin, Pete Sampras, Andy Murray. González qualified twice for the year-end Masters Cup event and was runner-up at two Masters Series tournaments. González was known for having one of the hardest forehands on the tour. In Spanish he is called Mano de Piedra. At age four, González spent his time playing both tennis.
His father, an amateur tennis player, was able to convince his son to opt for tennis over football. He began playing tennis at the age of six, he moved in with his family to La Reina in eastern Santiago, where he practiced with his coach Claudio González at the Club La Reina three times a week. In 1988, at age eight, González and his father spent a month and a half in the United States and playing in tennis championships. In 1992, he moved with his whole family to the U. S. for four years. They settled in Miami; as a junior, González won the US Open boys' doubles in 1997, the French Open singles and doubles in 1998. That year, at 17, he made his Davis Cup debut in Chile's tie against Argentina, losing in four sets to Franco Squillari, he won his first Davis Cup tie in a doubles rubber partnering Massú. González reached as high as No. 4 in No. 2 in doubles. González achieved success at the Futures level in 1998. In the three Futures events held in Chile that year, he reached two semifinals and defeated Italian Enzo Artoni in the final in Santiago.
González became a professional in 1999. Early in the year, he played at the Futures level, he reached his first Challenger quarterfinal in Edinburgh. He played his first ATP tournament in Washington, defeating Ivan Ljubičić in the first round, before losing to Marc Rosset. González won his first ATP Tour title in May 2000 when he defeated Massú at the U. S. Men's Clay Court Championships final in Florida, it was the first all-Chilean ATP final since Jaime Fillol defeated Ricardo Acuña in the 1982 Itaparica final. In January 2001, González played at the Australian Open for the first time, losing in the first round to Guillermo Coria in four sets. In May, he debuted at Roland Garros's main singles draw, he continued to play smaller ATP events throughout the year. Notable results include a final at the Montevideo Challenger, semifinals, at Zagreb and Lima. In February 2002, González won his second career ATP title in Viña del Mar by defeating Nicolás Lapentti in the final, that year he won his third title in Palermo and reached the semifinals at the Cincinnati Masters, the quarterfinals at the US Open.
In September he surpassed former No. 1 player Marcelo Ríos as the top Chilean in the singles rankings and was one of the most improved players on the ATP Tour, jumping 123 positions in the ATP singles rankings. In May 2003, González reached the quarterfinals of the French Open. In between, he doubles matches. In the year, he reached the finals of Washington and Metz and made the Stuttgart semifinals. In doubles, he and partner Tommy Robredo reached the semifinals at Miami. In February 2004, González repeated his Viña del Mar title by defeating Gustavo Kuerten in the final, he Retain with Chile the World Team Cup. In August, at the Olympic Games in Athens, he and doubles partner Massú gave their country its first Olympic gold medal, when they defeated Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler of Germany to win the men's doubles tournament, he won a bronze medal in the men's singles. Gonzalez had to play the bronze medal match against Taylor Dent and the doubles final on the same day, he saved match points in both games, most notably four match points in the doubles final in the fourth set tiebreak.
González began the season by taking the title in New Zealand, his first hard court title. In April, he won his first ATP doubles tournament, in Valencia with doubles partner Martín Rodríguez. After reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in June, he went on to win the ATP tournament in Amersfoort, Netherlands in the following month, he further proved his all-court versatility by winning the indoors-carpet singles title at Basel, as well as winning the doubles title in the same tournament with partner Agustín Calleri. The results for 2005 were enough for him to attend the year-end Masters Cup in Shanghai, first as a reserve, as a player due to the withdrawal of Andre Agassi after his first match. González became the first Chilean to win a Masters match when he beat Mariano Puerta and just m
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The sale, selling a 19% stake at C$18 per share, valued the company at around C$7,000,000,000. The IPO's initial success was attributed in part to AOSC's 2009 asset sale to PetroChina, divesting 60% working interest in its Mackay River and Dover projects for C$1,900,000,000. Following the IPO, AOC's share price dropped 33% in the first month of trading, making it Canada's worst-performing IPO since 2007. In 2017, Athabasca purchased the entirety of Statoil's oil sands assets as the Norwegian giant exited the oil sands, including a producing plant, an undeveloped project, some midstream assets. AOC sold the midstream assets to Enbridge in 2018. AOC's share price rose following the announcement of a $US1.2 billion Duvernay Formation acreage joint venture between Encana and PetroChina. Athabasca Oil Corporation holds the largest publicly disclosed Duvernay Formation acreage rights. Official website