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Alfonso Cuarón Orozco (US: //; Spanish: [alˈfonso kwaˈɾon]; born 28 November 1961) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. He is best known for his dramas A Little Princess (1995) and Y Tu Mamá También (2001), the fantasy film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and the science fiction thrillers Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013). Cuarón is the first Mexican director to win the Academy Award for Best Director.
Cuarón in July 2013
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco
28 November 1961
Mexico City, Mexico
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer, editor|
(m. 1980; div. 1993)
(m. 2001; div. 2008)
|Children||3, including Jonás Cuarón|
|Relatives||Carlos Cuarón (brother)|
Most of Cuarón's work has been acclaimed by critics. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing for Children of Men. He was awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language as producer of Pan's Labyrinth. For Gravity, Cuarón received several major accolades for his achievement in directing, winning the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Film Editing, the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film.
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born in Mexico City on 28 November 1961, 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 on television in Mexico, first as a technician and then as a director. His television work led to assignments as an assistant director for several film productions including La Gran Fiesta, Gaby: A True Story and Romero, and in 1991, he landed his first big-screen directorial assignment.
Sólo con Tu ParejaEdit
Sólo con Tu Pareja is 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 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 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, Jonathan Kaplan, Peter Bogdanovich and Tom Hanks.
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's Great Expectations starring Ethan Hawke, 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 who 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 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 and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Cuarón faced criticism from some Harry Potter fans for his approach to the film. At the time of the movie's release, however, author 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 instalments, with some critics remarking its new tone and for being the first Harry Potter film to truly capture the essence of the novels.
Cuarón's feature Children of Men, an adaptation of the P. D. James novel starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and 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.
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 and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the film was released in the fall of 2013 and opened the 70th Venice International Film Festival in August. On 12 January 2014, Alfonso accepted the Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Director. The film received ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. 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.
On 8 September 2016, it was announced that he would be writing and directing Roma, a semi-autobiographical project focusing on a housekeeper for a middle class Mexican family in 1970s Mexico City. Production began in fall 2016. The project was produced by Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez and Nicolás Celis. On 3 November 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 2002) and son Olmo Teodoro Cuarón (born 2005).
|1991||Sólo con Tu Pareja||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Directorial Debut|
co-written with Carlos Cuarón
|1995||A Little Princess||Yes||No||No||No|
|2001||Y Tu Mamá También||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-written with Carlos Cuarón|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Yes||No||No||No|
|2006||Children of Men||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Co-written with Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata,|
Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby
|2013||Gravity||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-written with Jonás Cuarón|
|1983||Who's He Anyway||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Co-written with Mariana Elizondo|
|Vengeance Is Mine||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Co-written and co-directed with Carlos Marcovich|
|Cuarteto para el fin del tiempo||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Also cinematographer, alongside Emmanuel Lubezki|
|2006||Parc Monceau||Yes||Yes||No||No||Segment of Paris, je t'aime|
|2013||Aningaaq||No||No||executive||No||Spin-off of Gravity, included as a bonus in the DVD|
|2007||The Possibility of Hope||Yes||concept||Yes||Video documentary short|
|The Shock Doctrine||No||Yes||Yes||Documentary short|
|2015||This Changes Everything||No||No||executive|
|1988-1989||La Hora Marcada||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Wrote and directed 6 episodes;|
Edited 1 episode;
Also cinematographer (5 episodes)
|1993||Fallen Angels||Yes||No||No||No||Episode "Murder, Obliquely"|
Wrote and directed episode "Pilot"
- La Víspera (1982)
- Nocaut (1984)
- La Gran Fiesta (1985)
- Noche de Calífas (1987)
- Gaby: A True Story (1987)
- Les Pyramides Bleues (1988)
- Romero (1989)
- Biutiful (2010)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Film||Academy Awards||BAFTA Awards||Golden Globe Awards|
|1995||A Little Princess||2|
|2001||Y Tu Mamá También||1||2||1|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||2||6||2|
|2006||Children of Men||3||3||2|
|2003||Y Tu Mamá También||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2007||Children of Men||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Won|
British Academy Film AwardsEdit
|2003||Y Tu Mamá También||Best Film Not in the English Language||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||BAFTA Children's Award – Best Feature Film||Won|
|2005||Best British Film||Nominated|
|2011||Kids' Vote for Film of the Decade||Won|
|Harry Potter series (shared with the cast and crew)||Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema||Won|
|2007||Pan's Labyrinth||Best Film Not in the English Language||Won|
|Best British Film||Won|
|Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
Golden Globe AwardsEdit
|2002||Y Tu Mamá También||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
|2014||Gravity||Best Motion Picture – Drama||Nominated|
|2019||Roma||Best Foreign Language Film||Pending|
Venice Film FestivalEdit
|2001||Y tu mamá también||Golden Lion||Nominated|
|2006||Children of Men||Golden Lion||Nominated|
|Laterna Magica Prize||Won|
|2013||Gravity||Future Film Digital Award||Won|
|2005||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Best Fantasy Film||Nominated|
|2007||Children of Men||Best Science Fiction Film||Won|
|Pan's Labyrinth||Best International Film||Won|
|2014||Gravity||Best Science Fiction Film||Won|
|2003||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Foreign Film||Y Tu Mamá También||Won|
|2007||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Feature||Pan's Labyrinth||Nominated|
|2014||Critics' Choice Movie Award||Best Director||Gravity||Won|
|Directors Guild of America Award||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures||Won|
|Empire Awards||Best Director||Won|
|International Online Film Critics' Poll||Best Editing||Won|
|Producers Guild of America Award||Best Theatrical Motion Picture||Won|
|Silver Condor Award||Best Foreign Film||Nominated|
|2018||British Independent Film Awards||Best Foreign Independent Film||Roma||Pending|
|New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Film||Won|
|Film Independent Spirit Awards||Best International Film||Pending|
|National Board of Review||Top Ten Films||Won|
|2019||Satellite Awards||Best Director||Pending|
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