FICM Mexican

Cuarón, Alfonso

Dirección, Edición, Guión, Producción.

He studied filmmaking at the University Center for Film Studies (CUEC-UNAM), Mexico City, where he met his, since then, creative partner, the cinematographic photographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Together with Lubezki, on photography, and Carlos Cuarón (Alfonso’s brother), on the screenplay, he worked on his debut Sólo con tu pareja (1991), winner of the Best Original Screenplay award at the 34th Ariel Awards, Mexico.

Alfonso Cuarón moved to Los Angeles and worked on The Little Princess (1995), nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, for Emmanuel Lubezki, at the 68th Oscar Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) of the United States. While in Los Angeles, he also directed Great Expectations (1998), based on the homonymous novel by Charles Dickens.

Upon his return to Mexico, he directed and produced Y tu mamá también (2001), winner of the Best Screenplay award for Alfonso and Carlos Cuaron, and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Outstanding Actor for Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, At the 58th Venice International Film Festival, in Italy.

He later made two British films: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Sons of Men (2006); the latter was bestowed the Osella Award for Best Technical Contribution for Emmanuel Lubezki, at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival.

He collaborated, with his short film Parc Monceau, in the collective work Paris je t’aime (2006), opening film of the “Un certain regard” section at the 59th Cannes Film Festival, in France, and presented at the 4th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM). Alfonso Cuarón was a special guest at the 11th FICM, which was inaugurated with his most recent feature, Gravity (2013), winner of numerous awards, including seven Oscars at the 86th Academy Award ceremony, including Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

In 2017, Cuarón filmed his new movie, Rome, in Mexico City. The film takes place in the seventies and tackles themes like the massacre known as “El halconazo”.