Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón

The mentor

Published in 2016

Academy Award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer and editor, Alfonso Cuarón is acclaimed by both audiences and critics for his highly original films, each in a category of its own, which feature his trademark technique of continuous uninterrupted shots. “Films were my refuge from an early age,” says Cuarón, a self-confessed film fanatic who studied philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), as well as film at the university’s Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos. He began working in television before directing his first feature, the satirical comedy Sólo con tu pareja (Love in the Time of Hysteria) in 1991. Four years later, he made his directing debut in the U.S. with two literary adaptations: A Little Princess (1995) and Great Expectations (1998). Cuarón’s breakthrough film, Y Tu Mamá También (And Your Mother Too, 2001), a film written with his brother Carlos, was a huge box office hit and propelled him to the top rank of international film-makers. This was followed by such successes as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Children of Men (2006). The technically innovative, visually sumptuous space thriller, Gravity (2013), won seven Oscars in 2014, including two awards for Cuarón, for Best Director ─ the first Mexican to earn this accolade ─ and Best Film Editing. He also won a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Film Director’s Guild of America Award for his directing. In 2014, Time magazine listed Cuarón as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World ─ Pioneers”, commenting, in reference to Gravity, how the director is “creating new worlds” through his original films and how he has made “some of the most arresting, visually stunning work in recent cinema”. Cuarón, who lives in London, served as president of the jury for the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.