Biography

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is an Academy Award-winning Mexican film director, screenwriter and film producer, best known for Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and A Little Princess.

Cuarón was born in México City. He is the son of Alfredo Cuarón, a nuclear physicist who worked for the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency for many years.

He studied Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and filmmaking at CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos), a faculty of the same University. There, he met director Carlos Marcovich and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and they made what would be his first short film, Vengeance is mine. The controversy caused by the fact that the film was shot in English was the reason he was expelled from the Film School.

He began working in television in Mexico, first as a technician and then as a director. Cuarón's television work led to assignments as an assistant director for several Latin American film productions including Gaby: A True Story and Romero, and in 1991, he landed his first big-screen directorial assignment.

In 1995, Cuarón released his first feature film produced in the United States, A Little Princess, an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel.

During his time studying in CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos) he met Mariana Elizondo, and with her he has his first son, Jonás Cuarón born 1981, in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is an Academy Award-winning Mexican film director, screenwriter and film producer, best known for Gravity, Children of Men, Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and A Little Princess.

Cuarón was born in México City. He is the son of Alfredo Cuarón, a nuclear physicist who worked for the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency for many years.

He studied Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and filmmaking at CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos), a faculty of the same University. There, he met director Carlos Marcovich and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and they made what would be his first short film, Vengeance is mine. The controversy caused by the fact that the film was shot in English was the reason he was expelled from the Film School.

He began working in television in Mexico, first as a technician and then as a director. Cuarón's television work led to assignments as an assistant director for several Latin American film productions including Gaby: A True Story and Romero, and in 1991, he landed his first big-screen directorial assignment.

In 1995, Cuarón released his first feature film produced in the United States, A Little Princess, an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel.

During his time studying in CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos) he met Mariana Elizondo, and with her he has his first son, Jonás Cuarón born 1981, in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1961-11-28

Place of Birth Mexico City, Mexico

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Also Known As

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2018 Roma Director
2014 Believe (13 episodes)Director
2013 Gravity Director
2007 The Possibility of Hope Director
2006 Children of Men Director
2006 Paris, Je T'Aime Director
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Director
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Director
1998 Great Expectations Director
1995 A Little Princess Director
1993 Fallen Angels (1 episode)Director
1991 Only with Your Partner Director
1986 La gran fiesta Script Supervisor
1983 Quartet for the End of Time Director

Production

2020 The Witches Producer
2018 Roma Producer
2015 Desierto Producer
2014 Believe (13 episodes)Executive Producer
2013 Gravity Producer
2010 Biutiful Producer
2008 Rudo & Cursi Producer
2007 Year of the Nail Executive Producer
2006 Pan's Labyrinth Producer
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Producer
2004 Chronicles Producer
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Producer

Writing

2018 Roma Writer
2014 Believe (1 episode)Writer
2013 Gravity Writer
2007 The Shock Doctrine Screenplay
2006 Children of Men Screenplay
2006 Paris, Je T'Aime Writer
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Screenplay
1991 Only with Your Partner Screenplay
1983 Quartet for the End of Time Writer

Editing

2018 Roma Editor
2013 Gravity Editor
2006 Children of Men Editor
2001 Y Tu Mamá También Editor
1983 Quartet for the End of Time Editor

Acting

2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (1 episode)
2006 Wanderlust as Himself
2001 Behind the Scenes of "Y tu mamá también"
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode) as Alfonso Cuarón

Crew

2018 Roma Cinematography
2000 Amores Perros Thanks

Creator

2014 Believe Creator

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