Born in Mexico City in 1961, Alfonso Cuarón studied Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and studied filmmaking at Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC). However, he was expelled from the film school for unauthorized marketing of his short film ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ with Carlos Marcovich and Emmanuel Lubezki. His association with the television production paved the way for assistant directorship in several Latin American film including ‘Gaby: A True Story’ and ‘Romero’.
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is a British-based Mexican-born film director, screenwriter, producer and editor best known for his films A Little Princess, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, and Gravity. His trademark is his aesthetic sense of editing movies. His success as a director attracted the attention of director Sydney Pollack who hired him to direct an episode of Fallen Angels, a series of neo-noir stories produced for the Showtime premium cable network in 1993.
In 1995, Cuaron released his first feature film, A Little Princess. His next feature film was a literary adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. His film ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ brought him international acclamation where he incorporates the story of two sexually obsessed teenagers who take an extended road trip with an attractive married woman in her late twenties.
In 2003, Cuaron directed the third film of Harry Potter series named Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and continued to work on many Hollywood productions in followin years. 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. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the film was released in the fall of 2013. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing for Children of Men, and Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Editing for Gravity. Recently, his movie Gravity has received ten academy award nominations including best pictures and best director, and he won the Best Director award for Gravity, the first latino to ever win the Academy Award for Best Director. Also a Golden Globe Winner for Best Director - Motion Picture, Alfonso Cuarón co-wrote his international hit Y Tu Mamá También with younger brother Carlos.
2008 Rudo y Cursi
2007 Year of the Nail
2006 Children of Men
2006 Pan's Labyrinth
2005 Black Sun
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon
2001 Y Tu Mamá También
2001 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
1998 Great Expectations