The Info List - Alfonso Cuarón

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ALFONSO CUARóN OROZCO (Spanish pronunciation: ; born November 28, 1961) is a Mexican film director , screenwriter , producer and editor , known for his dramas A Little Princess (1995) and Y Tu Mamá También (2001), fantasy film Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and science fiction thrillers Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013). Cuarón is the first Mexican director to win an Oscar for Best Director.

Most of his work has been praised by both audiences and critics, and has been nominated for six Academy Awards
Academy Awards
including Best Original Screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También, and both Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing for Children of Men. For Gravity, Cuarón received several major accolades for his achievement in direction, winning in the respective categories at the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards , the BAFTA
Awards and the Directors Guild of America ; and in addition winning the BAFTA
Award Best British Film and the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Film Editing (shared with Mark Sanger ). He was also awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language as producer of Pan\'s Labyrinth (2006).

Cuarón's brother Carlos , as well as his son Jonás , are also writers and directors and have both acted as co-writers in some of his works. He is also friends with fellow Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu , collectively known as "The Three Amigos of Cinema."


* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Sólo con tu pareja * 2.2 International success

* 3 Personal life

* 4 Filmography

* 4.1 Feature films * 4.2 Short films * 4.3 Documentary films * 4.4 Television

* 5 Awards and nominations * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links


Cuarón was born in Mexico City
Mexico City
, and is the son of Alfredo Cuarón, a nuclear physicist who worked for the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency for many years. He has two brothers, Carlos , also a filmmaker, and Alfredo, a conservation biologist.

Cuarón studied philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and filmmaking at CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos ), a school within the same university. There, he met the director Carlos Marcovich and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki , and they made what would be his first short film , Vengeance Is Mine.


Cuarón began working in television in Mexico, first as a technician and then as a director. His television work led to assignments as an assistant director for several Latin American film productions including Gaby: A True Story and Romero , and in 1991, he landed his first big-screen directorial assignment.


Sólo con tu pareja was a sex comedy about a womanizing businessman (played by Daniel Giménez Cacho ) who, after having sex with an attractive nurse, is fooled into believing he's contracted AIDS
. In addition to writing, producing and directing, Cuarón co-edited the film with Luis Patlán. It is somewhat unusual for directors to be credited co-editors, although the Coen Brothers
Coen Brothers
and Robert Rodriguez have both directed and edited nearly all of their films. Cuarón continued this close involvement in editing on several of his later films.

The film, which also starred cabaret singer Astrid Hadad and model/actress Claudia Ramírez (with whom Cuarón was linked between 1989 and 1993), was a big hit in Mexico. After this success, director Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack
hired Cuarón to direct an episode of Fallen Angels , a series of neo-noir stories produced for the Showtime premium cable network in 1993; other directors who worked on the series included Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
, Jonathan Kaplan , Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich
and Tom Hanks .


Cuarón at San Diego Comic-Con (Estados Unidos)

In 1995, Cuarón released his first feature film produced in the United States, A Little Princess , an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett 's classic novel. Cuarón's next feature was also a literary adaptation, a modernized version of Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
's Great Expectations starring Ethan Hawke , Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
and Robert De Niro .

Cuarón's next project found him returning to Mexico with a Spanish-speaking cast to film Y Tu Mamá También , starring Gael García Bernal , Diego Luna and Maribel Verdú . It was a provocative and controversial road comedy about two sexually obsessed teenagers who take an extended road trip with an attractive married woman that is much older than them. The film's open portrayal of sexuality and frequent rude humor, as well as the politically and socially relevant asides, made the film an international hit and a major success with critics. Cuarón shared an Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination for Best Original Screenplay with co-writer and brother Carlos Cuarón .

In 2004, Cuarón directed the third film in the successful Harry Potter series, Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban . Cuarón faced criticism from some of the more purist Harry Potter
Harry Potter
fans for his approach to the film. At the time of the movie's release, however, author J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
, who had seen and loved Cuarón's film Y Tu Mamá También, said that it was her personal favorite from the series so far. Critically, the film was also better received than the first two installments, with some critics remarking its new tone and for being the first Harry Potter
Harry Potter
film to truly capture the essence of the novels. It remained as the most critically acclaimed film of the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
film franchise.

Cuarón's feature Children of Men , an adaptation of the P. D. James novel starring Clive Owen , Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
and Michael Caine
Michael Caine
, received wide critical acclaim, including three Academy Award nominations. Cuarón himself received two nominations for his work on the film in Best Film Editing (with Alex Rodríguez ) and Best Adapted Screenplay (with several collaborators).

He created the production and distribution company Esperanto
Filmoj ( Esperanto
Films, named because of his support for the international language Esperanto
), which has credits in the films Duck Season , Pan\'s Labyrinth , and Gravity .

Cuarón also directed the controversial public service announcement "I Am Autism" for Autism Speaks that was sharply criticized by disability rights groups for its negative portrayal of autism.

In 2010, Cuarón began to develop the film Gravity , a drama set in space. He was joined by producer David Heyman , with whom Cuarón worked on Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban . Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
George Clooney
, the film was released in the fall of 2013 and opened the 70th Venice International Film Festival in August. On January 12, 2014, Alfonso accepted the Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
in the category of Best Director . The film received ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Directing . Cuarón won for Best Directing, becoming the first Latin American to win the award, while he and Mark Sanger shared the award for Best Film Editing .

In 2013, Cuarón created Believe , a science fiction/fantasy/adventure series that was broadcast as part of the 2013–14 United States network television schedule on NBC as a mid-season entry. The series was created by Cuarón for Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. In 2014, TIME
placed him in its list of " 100 Most Influential People in the World " – Pioneers.

In May 2015 Cuarón was announced as the President of the Jury for the 72nd Venice International Film Festival .

On September 8, 2016, it was announced that he would be writing and directing a project focusing on a Mexican family living in Mexico City in the 1970s. Production is set to begin in fall 2016. The project will be produced by Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez and Nicolás Celis. On November 3, 2016, it was revealed that the crew was robbed on set during filming.


Cuarón is a vegetarian and has been living in London since 2000. He was 20 when his girlfriend at the time became pregnant with Jonás . He was married to Italian actress and freelance journalist Annalisa Bugliani from 2001 to 2008. They have two children: daughter Tess Bu Cuarón (born 2003) and son Olmo Teodoro Cuarón (born 2005).





1986 Les Pyramides Bleues No No No No Yes No

1989 Romero No No No No Yes No

1991 Sólo con tu pareja Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

1995 A Little Princess Yes No No No No No

1998 Great Expectations Yes No No No No No

2001 Y Tu Mamá También Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

2004 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban Yes No No No No No

Crónicas No No Yes No No No

The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
No No Yes No No No

2005 Black Sun No No Yes No No No

2006 Children of Men Yes Yes No Yes No No

Pan\'s Labyrinth No No Yes No No No

2007 Year of the Nail No No Yes No No No

2008 Rudo y Cursi No No Yes No No No

2010 Biutiful No No No No No Yes

2013 Gravity Yes Yes Yes Yes No No

Aningaaq (Gravity spin-off short) No No No No No Yes

2015 Desierto No No Yes No No No

2018 Roma Yes Yes Yes Yes No No


* Who's He Anyway (1983) * Vengeance Is Mine (1983) Co-director * Cuarteto para el fin del tiempo (1983) * Paris, je t\'aime (2006) (segment "Parc Monceau") * The Shock Doctrine (2007)


* The Possibility of Hope (2007) Short * This Changes Everything (2015) Executive producer


* La Hora Marcada (1986) (episodes "Ángel Pérez", "El taxi", "Zangamanga", "No estoy jugando" and "A veces regresa") * Fallen Angels (1993) (episode "Murder, Obliquely") * Believe (2014)



2001 Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Golden Lion
Golden Lion
Y tu mamá también Nominated

Best Screenplay Won

2003 Academy Awards
Academy Awards
Best Screenplay – Original Nominated

British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards
Best Film Not in the English Language Nominated

Best Screenplay – Original Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Won

2004 British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards
Children's Award – Best Feature Film Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won

Saturn Awards Best Fantasy Film Nominated

Best Director Nominated

2005 British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Nominated

2006 Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Golden Lion
Golden Lion
Children of Men Nominated

Laterna Magica Prize Won

Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film Won

Best Director Nominated

2007 Academy Awards
Academy Awards
Best Screenplay – Adapted Nominated

Best Editing Nominated

British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards
Best Film Not in the English Language Pan\'s Labyrinth Won

Saturn Award Best International Film Won

Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Nominated

2011 British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards
Children's Award – First Light Awards – Kids' Vote for Film of the Decade Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won

Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Harry Potter
Harry Potter
series (shared with Harry Potter
Harry Potter
cast and crew) Won

2013 Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
Future Film Digital Award Gravity Won

2014 Academy Awards
Academy Awards
Best Picture Nominated

Best Directing Won

Best Film Editing Won

British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards
Best Film Nominated

Best Director Won

Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film Won

Best Original Screenplay Nominated

Best Editing Nominated

Critics\' Choice Movie Award Best Director Won

Directors Guild of America Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Won

Empire Awards Best Director Won

Golden Globe Awards
Golden Globe Awards
Best Director Won

International Online Film Critics\' Poll Best Editing Won

Producers Guild of America Award Best Theatrical Motion Picture Won

Saturn Award Best Science Fiction Film Won

Best Director Won

Best Editing Won

Best Writing Nominated

Silver Condor Award Best Foreign Film Nominated


* Cha Cha Cha Films * Cinema of Mexico
Cinema of Mexico
* List of Academy Award
Academy Award


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Alfonso Cuarón
wins best director Oscar" – via The Guardian. * ^ "Three amigos change face of Mexican film". * ^ J.K. Rowling Archived February 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine . Accessed January 17, 2007. * ^ " Harry Potter
Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban". * ^ Interview by Sam Green with Cuarón. * ^ Asansouthwestohio (September 23, 2009). "Autistic Self Advocacy Network, SW Ohio: Autistic Community Condemns Autism Speaks". * ^ "Movie News: Movie Reviews, Trailers, Photos - EW.com". * ^ Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival
2013: Sandra Bullock stuns in a scarlet dress with George Clooney
George Clooney
Mail Online. Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved on 2014-05-22. * ^ "The 100 Most Influential People – Pioneers: Alfonso Cuarón". TIME.com . April 23, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-26. * ^ "Director Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
President of the International Jury for the Venezia 72 Competition". Venice Biennale. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2015. * ^ Kroll, Justin (September 8, 2016). "Alfonso Cuaron Sets Mexican Family Drama as Next Film". Variety. * ^ " Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
film crew \'attacked and robbed\' in Mexico City". * ^ A B Dan P. Lee (22 September 2013). "The Camera\'s Cusp: Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
Takes Filmmaking
to a New Extreme With Gravity". Vulture.com. London, United Kingdom: New York . Retrieved 12 July 2015. * ^ "Vogue Arts – Down to Earth". Loquet London. 12 December 2013. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2015. * ^ Baftas 2014: Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
wins best director for Gravity Film. theguardian.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-22. * ^ "\'This Changes Everything\' Trailer: Climate Change Docu Based On Naomi Klein\'s Bestseller Set For Toronto Premiere". Deadline.com
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