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Just Back from San Francisco: Paul Haggis

OCCUPATION Screenwriter and director HOME BASE Santa Monica, California GOLDEN GATES The Canadian-born television writer turned filmmaker, best known for his Oscar-nominated script for Million Dollar Baby, recently attended the San Francisco International Film Festival, where he accepted an award for screenwriting and showed his directorial debut, Crash. "San Francisco is a city of contrasts, a blending of the bohemian and the deluxe," he says. While in town, Haggis enjoys both, from hole-in-the-wall joints such as Dottie's True Blue Café (522 Jones St.; 415/885-2767; breakfast for two $20) to the haute cuisine of Restaurant Gary Danko (800 North Point St.; 415/749-2060; dinner for two $120). "[Danko's] roasted lobster is exquisite." TRAVELIN' MAN A self-proclaimed homebody, Haggis is still acclimating to the nomadic Hollywood lifestyle. "When I get in a hotel elevator, I think, What floor am I on?The thirteenth floor?Wait, that was yesterday," he explains. SLEEP IS OVERRATED This summer, Haggis, who is currently juggling four projects—including Flags of Our Fathers, set on Iwo Jima (directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Steven Spielberg)—is heading to La Garde–Freinet, France, then to Orvieto, Italy. His plan: "To drink good coffee, eat great food...and write."

—ELLEN MAGUIRE

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