Having established himself as a compelling filmmaker in his native Mexico, director Alfonso Cuarón came to international attention with his hit, "Love in the Time of Hysteria" ("Solo Con Tu Par...
Co-wrote (with brother Carlos) and directed "Y Tu Mama Tambien/And Your Mother Too", first Spanish-language film in more than a decade; received nominations for a BAFTA for for Best Screenplay (Original) and an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay
Produced Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" through his company Esperanto Films
Won widespread critical acclaim for "A Little Princess"
Made first feature, a comedy about AIDS, "Solo Con Tu Pareja/Love in the Time of Hysteria"
Helmed the futuristic tale "The Children of Men" an adaptation of the P.D. James novel; earned Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing
Directed the documentary short "The Possibility of Hope"
Directed episode of Showtime series "Fallen Angels"
Directed version of Dickens' "Great Expectations"
Under the newly formed independent production co., signed a deal with Universal's Focus Features to finance and co-own five movies, which will have a combined budget of around $100 million
Formed an independent production co. with fellow Mexican filmmakers, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
Produced Alejandro González Iñárritu's Spanish language film, "Biutiful"
Directed the third film in the successful Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
Having established himself as a compelling filmmaker in his native Mexico, director Alfonso Cuarón came to international attention with his hit, "Love in the Time of Hysteria" ("Solo Con Tu Pareja") (1991), which opened up the doors of Hollywood. His inventive romantic comedy led famed producer and director Sydney Pollack to hire Cuarón to direct an episode of his noir anthology series, "Fallen Angels" (Showtime, 1993-95). Soon it was a quick jump to his first American feature, "The Little Princess" (1995), which earned the praise of critics, but failed to become a box office success. Following the box office failure of his next film, a contemporary adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectation" (1997), Cuarón returned to Mexico to direct the funny, politically conscious and unabashedly sexual "Y tu mamá también" ("And Your Mother, Too") (2001), which propelled him to the upper tier of international filmmakers. Though graphic in its depiction of sexuality, the film nonetheless led to Cuarón's next job, directing "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), one of the darker and more thrilling films in the successful franchise. Cuarón then helmed perhaps his finest work, "Children of Men" (2006), a dystopian science fiction thriller that garnered widespread acclaim and turned the director into a household name.
"I have to admit that if I saw an ad in the paper for something called 'A Little Princess' and only knew it was about little girls at a boarding school at the turn of the century, I'm not sure I'd want to see it."---Alfonso Cuaron in Daily Variety, January 15, 1997.
"Being close or far from Mexico doesn't mean much to me. Not as much as working on films that are close to my heart."---Cuaron quoted in Daily Variety, January 15, 1997.
"You'd hear folks saying, 'You guys are perverts, because my son is not like that and teenagers are not like that,' What it only proves is when the innocence of children ends, the innocence of the parent begins."---Curaon on the responses to "Y Tu Mama Tambien" as quoted in Premiere April 2002
"It's a long process," he says. "It was a pleasure every single instant. I was never stressed, but I was completely exhausted. The example I like is, you have the most beautiful car to drive with the best seats and it's so safe and the machine is so luxurious. But there is only one trouble, you are going to drive for two years and you cannot stop to pee."---Cuaron on directing "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" to Reuters May 18, 2004.
"It’s important for me not to do the movies that I think I should do," he says. "I need to do the movies that I ‘need’ to do. And that’s the only thing that keeps me going."---Cuaron to the London Times, January 11, 2007.