Alfonso Cuarón’s biographyDirector Alfonso Cuarón gifted the world with the pictures Great Expectations and Gravity. Cuarón is called the favorite of film academics, his films are record holders in nominations and awards, and the opportunity to play in his pictures is considered an honor for many movie stars.
ChildhoodThe future director was born on November 28, 1961, in Mexico City. Alfonso is the oldest of the three sons of a scientist physicist. One of his brothers became a biologist, the second, Carlos, also became a director (Rudo y Cursi).
Alfonso’s family was considered prosperous. Cuarón’s Roma, which was nominated for an Oscar is mostly autobiographical and tells the story of a middle-class family on the background of the social atmosphere in Mexico in the 1970s.
First worksAfter graduating from school, the young man entered the university, where he began to study philosophy and also attended classes for filmmakers. At the classes he met cameraman Emmanuel Lubezki, with the help of whom he made his first short meter, the Vengeance Is Mine and cooperation, which would continue for many years.
After the young man left the university, he began working as a technician on Mexican television and then received the position of assistant director.
The young director’s debut in big cinema was the 1991 Sólo con Tu Pareja melodrama, where he unprecedentedly plays the topic of AIDS infection, giving the picture a shade of black humor. The experiment’s courage was his approach to the problem: Cuarón dared to laugh at the fact which terrified the people in the early 90s. The picture was shown in the framework of the competition program at the festival in Toronto.
Best filmsThe Great Expectations (1998) drama starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow as aristocratic beauty Estella melted the hearts of even the most skeptical film critics, according to Zoomboola.com.
The name of the 2001 film Y Tu Mamá También as well as its genre, declared as a comedy-drama, could scare off the audience but not in case it’s directed by Cuarón. The success of the previous works forced the audience to go and watch what really shocked them.Like many pictures by the artist, the Great Expectations are filmed in green shades. Green, according to the master, carries a double meaning - fall and hope at the same time, which perfectly reflects the duality of the characters’ nature.
Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal played in the film, which confirmed the appearance of the extraordinary director and won more than thirty awards. The film is included in the 20 best non-English-speaking films of all time.
In 2018 the film "Roma" was released, stylized, and very personal, shot in black and white, it differs from all the works of the master. Cuarón himself was the producer, director, and cameraman of the picture about the life of a wealthy Mexican family in the background of mass protests in Mexico’s 70s.