"We're optimistic in the artists more so than the technology," Andy says. "We were just in that documentary Side by Side, that movie Keanu [Reeves] directed about digital filmmaking, and there were a lot of people that were staunch..."

"Fundamentalists," Lana jeers.

" 'You can take the film stock from my cold, dead hands,' " Andy says, again adopting a dissenting voice from outside Starship Wachowski. He comes back to himself and responds, "OK, but you're closing yourself off from so many options by not being able to use these tools."

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas.
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Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas.

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Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, and Jim Sturgess. Written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. 172 minutes. Rated R.

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"What I'm excited about with digital is also happening in the creation of narrative," Lana says. "There are a lot of people, like [nihilistic French novelist] Michel Houellebecq, who I'm sure would disagree. But I believe inherent in any artist's work is an optimistic truth. That the very creation of art is in itself an act of optimism."

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