Born: 28 November 1961
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Best known as:
The director of Y Tu Mamá Tambien and Gravity
Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón is the Oscar-winning director who made the 2013 outer space thriller Gravity (starring Sandra Bullock). Raised in Mexico City, he was a film student who jumped into the trade before finishing school. During the 1980s, he worked his way up in film and television productions; his first film, made in 1991, caught the attention of Hollywood, and he got a leg up from director Sidney Pollack in the cable TV series Fallen Angels (1993). Cuarón then got critical acclaim for directing the 1995 film A Little Princess, but it was his 2001 movie Y Tu Mamá Tambien that brought him international fame. The movie won several awards and the screenplay brought an Oscar nomination for Cuarón and his co-writer and brother, Carlos. It also led to Cuarón getting the big-shot job of directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling). An outsider whose cinematic skills have made him a Hollywood player, he's also the Oscar-nominated writer of Children of Men (2006, starring Clive Owen) and the producer of the Oscar-winning film Pan's Labyrinth (2006). His film Gravity won a total of 7 Oscars in 2014; he won Oscars for editing and directing.
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