Alfonso Cuarón was born in Mexico City in 1961. He went to film school at the CUEC in Mexico and started his career as an assistant director and directing Television.
He made his feature film directorial debut in 1991 with “Sólo Con Tu Pareja” (“Love in the Time of Hysteria”), a dark comedy which was the biggest box office hit in Mexico in 1992 and garnered Cuarón an Ariel Award as co-writer. Impressed by Cuarón’s first film effort, Sydney Pollack hired him to direct “Murder, Obliquely,” an episode of the neo-noir “Fallen Angels” series on Showtime. The episode, starring Laura Dern and Alan Rickman, earned Cuarón the 1993 Cable ACE Award for Best Director.
Cuarón made his American feature film debut with the critically acclaimed 1995 motion picture adaptation of the beloved children’s book A Little Princess. The film was nominated for Academy Awards® for Best Cinematography and Art Direction, and won the Los Angeles Film Critics New Generation Award. That was followed in 1998 by “Great Expectations,” a contemporary adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Ethan Hawke.
Cuarón then returned to Mexico to direct a Spanish-speaking cast in the funny, provocative and controversial road comedy “Y Tu Mamá También,” was awarded Venice Film Festival’s Golden Osella award for screenplay and Marcello Mastroianni Award to stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Cuarón also received an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay (written with his brother Carlos Cuarón) and BAFTA nominations for Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay for the film. In 2003, he directed “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” the third film in the most successful motion picture franchise of all time, based on the best-selling books by author J.K. Rowling.
Cuarόn’s next project, “Children of Men,” which he co-wrote with Timothy Sexton, was one of the most talked about films of 2006, and was celebrated by critics and film fans for its groundbreaking techniques, including several high-impact tracking shots. The film brought two Oscar® nominations to Cuarón, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. It also received a number of other awards and nominations, including a third Oscar® nod for Best Cinematography, and two BAFTA Awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design and the Golden Osella Award for Cinematography at the Venice Film Festival.
In 2013, Cuarón released “Gravity” which he directed, produced, edited and co-wrote with his son Jonas Cuarón, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film premiered as the opening film at the Venice Film Festival, and then followed up with standing room only screenings at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. “Gravity” was received with great success by both critics and audiences and won seven Academy Awards. Cuarón won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Directors Guild and BAFTA awards for best director on behalf of the film as well as and Academy Award for best editor.