I sat down with English director Michael Winterbottom at the tail end of what was obviously a long, hard day of back-to-back interviews. Rather than my trying to get him discuss the same points of "Code 46" one more time, we instead kicked back with some beers and had a wide-ranging discussion covering much of his career up till now, which has spanned 11 films in 10 years.

Oops. Make that 12: His most recent, "Nine songs," debuted at Cannes, where its sexually graphic depiction of a torrid affair marked yet another departure for this always-unpredictable director.

How much did your experiences on "In This World" (a tale of Afghan refugees) influence your ideas for this film?