- NAME: Alfonso Cuarón
- OCCUPATION: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
- BIRTH DATE: November 28, 1961 (Age: 52)
- Did You Know?: Alfonso Cuarón co-wrote his international hit Y Tu Mamá También with younger brother Carlos.
- Did You Know?: Alfonso Cuarón co-wrote the sci-fi blockbuster Gravity with son Jonas.
- Did You Know?: For Alfonso Cuarón's film Gravity, actress Sandra Bullock regularly worked in a nine-foot cube on a specially-rigged soundstage.
- EDUCATION: National Autonomous University of Mexico
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Mexico City, Mexico
- Full Name: Alfonso Cuarón
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Alfonso Cuarón is a film director, screenwriter and producer known for projects like Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity.
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Born on November 28, 1961, in Mexico City, Mexico, Alfonso Cuarón helmed several movie and television projects before directing the erotic road film Y Tu Mamá También. After taking the reigns as director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he received further critical acclaim with his dystopic drama Children of Men. Cuarón's internationally successful space-based tale, Gravity, was released in 2013.
"I'm very pleased [about the film Gravity]. We got away with it. That's the thing. It's a very unlikely film, first of all, to put together. It’s basically one character floating in space."
"We wanted to surrender to the reality of the technologies that exist. We went further: We wanted [Gravity] to be a journey in which people recognize the world that we're talking about. We wanted it to almost have the experience of an Imax documentary gone wrong."
"With making a film it's like trying to create a tune in the shower while you have a hundred people singing around you. You have to focus yourself in on the tune that you're trying to create."
"In Gravity nearly everything is a metaphor for the main character. The way I tend to approach a film is that character and background are equally important; one informs the other."
"When I did Great Expectations, I was a Pip who got arrogant and corrupted by a fake idea of success. And I came out the other side with the maturity to move on, hoping that I would move on from my mistakes. ... I learned what never to do again."
"I'm interested in new worlds, new universes, new challenges. I always said the only reason to make a film is not for the result but for what you learn for the next one. In many ways I felt my journey, my learning process on Potter was close to done."
"I will never do another space movie. I'm very proud of this; I loved every single second of the experience. But that's it."
"I know there is not some Hollywood guy who wants to make bad movies. Most genuinely want to do good films, it's just their jobs come first."
Television and film director Alfonso Cuarón was born on November 28, 1961, in Mexico City, Mexico. He grew up in a movie-going family with a mother who encouraged a passion for the arts and career exploration, and the young Cuarón became an avid film fanatic himself. He attended film school within the National Autonomous University of Mexico system, though was kicked out after working on a project in English.
Cuarón found work in television before directing his first big-screen feature, Sólo Con Tu Pareja (released for English-speaking audiences as Love in the Time of Hysteria), a 1992 satirical comedy about a womanizer made to reflect on his life upon receiving false medical results about his sexual health. Co-written with Cuarón's younger brother Carlos, the film was a success in their country. Cuarón subsequently worked with Sydney Pollack on an episode of the U.S. noir TV series Fallen Angels (1993-95).
Cuarón made his film directing debut in the United States with two literary adaptations—A Little Princess (1995), based on the Francis Hodgson Burnett novel, and Great Expectations (1998), a modern re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke.
Going in an entirely different direction, Cuarón and brother Carlos wrote the script for Y Tu Mamá También (2001), a road trip film set in Mexico that profiled two young men and their sexual hijinks, fits of ego and relationship to an older woman who travels with them. Featuring Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Maribel Verdú, También became the highest grossing film in Mexican history at the time of its release and one of the top foreign language films in the U.S., with the Cuaróns receiving an Oscar nomination for their screenplay.
Cuarón then contributed to one of the biggest fantasy franchises in history when he directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a critically well-received venture that focused on Potter's relationship to escaped sorcerer Sirius Black, played by Gary Oldman.
After contributing to the collection of shorts in Paris, Je T’Aime (2006), Cuarón continued in the sci-fi/fantasy realm with a more decidedly adult, dystopic orientation. The 2006 film Children of Men was based on the P.D. James novel and starred Clive Owen in a world where babies stopped being born; the project received Academy Award nods for film editing and its screenplay adaptation.
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