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The Win

5 Mar

Wow, thank you. Thanks to the Academy. Like any other human endeavor, making a film can be a transformative experience, and I want to thank Gravity because for many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience. And it’s good, because it took so long that if not, it would be like a waste of time. What really sucks is that for a lot of these people, that transformation was wisdom; for me, it was just the color of my hair. I want to share this with all these wise people who made this movie happen: my amazing son and co-writer Jonás Cuarón. Sandra Bullock. Sandy, you’re Gravity. You are the soul, the heart of the film. You’re the most amazing collaborator and one of the best people I ever met. George Clooney, for your absolute trust. David Heyman, Chivo and Tim Webber for making this film happen. The wise guys of Warner Bros., the wise people at Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll, [unintelligible], Greg Silverman, Lynn Harris, Chris De Faria. And the film took so long that we went through two different administrations, so I have to honor as well Alan Horn and Jeff Robinov. Alejandro González Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro et Gabriela Rodriguez et Steve Rabineau, Henry Holmes et Jim Berkus, Tracey Jacobs, Cristina, [Spanish] Sheherazade, Bu, Olmo. [Spanish]. Bye, guys.

Transcription c/o the Academy Awards 2014— I’ll fill in the “unintelligible” bits later.

Just because I haven’t been blogging or tweeting these past several months doesn’t mean I haven’t been super excited about all the success and recognition Cuarón, el Chivo, Webber, et al have been experiencing this award season.  In addition to winning this blog’s namesake the Academy Award for Excellence in Cinematic Direction, Gravity also took home the Oscars for Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki), Best Original Score (Steven Price), Best Sound Editing (Glenn Freemantle), Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, and Chris Munro), Best Film Editing (Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger), and Best Visual Effects (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould).

You can watch the full video of the presentation and acceptance of the award here [Perez Hilton].


Cuarón screenings in Monterrey and Hollywood

6 Sep

Lucky filmgoers in Monterrey and Hollywood have the opportunity to see some cinematic gems on the big screen this month. Every Wednesday this month (beginning yesterday, oops), the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, MARCO, will be screening a film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and shot by Emmanuel Lubezki. The best part? (Besides getting to see these film on a proper screen, of course) Free admission.

The Ciclo de Cine Lubezki + Cuarón is curated by Juan Carlos Aguado Snyder.

In Hollywood, catch a double feature of Children of Men and dystopian classic Nineteen Eighty-Four next Wednesday, September 12 at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. This double feature is being presented as the ninth installment of the the American Cinematheque’s Mayan Calendar Countdown. There’s something special about London and our dystopian future/the end of the world. Visit the American Cinematheque for more details.


In other news, Año uña, or Year of the Nail, is MUBI UK’s film of the day.


Lubezki’s Olympic Games spot now airing

22 Jul

A new spot by Emmanuel Lubezki is now airing in over twenty countries, starring David Beckham, Samsung’s official ambassador for the Olympic Games.

Kissing in the Rain and other long takes

6 May

Great Expectations is an imperfect film† and it isn’t put on lists of acclaim the way other Cuarón films are.  Nevertheless, it is still beautiful and I’m grateful to Jude Defensor of We Talk About Movies for reminding me.  For his submission to Encore’s All Wet blog-a-thon this week, he selected the scene below.

The rain is such a multi-sensorial experience that visuals alone don’t seem to do it justice. I ended up thinking of scenes that didn’t just show the rain but married it to music gorgeous enough to evoke that exquisite feeling of wet, cool drops falling on your skin and soaking into your clothes, or the even more exhilarating sensation of running through a wall of water.  Read more.

It is yet another beautiful long take, executed by who other than DP Emmanuel Lubezki, accompanied by Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score. It’s actually because of the Scottish composer Doyle that I came to be interested in the work of Alfonso Cuarón.  Continue reading

Vengeance is Mine to see commercial release

1 Apr

El Universal reports, Armando Casas (Director of UNAM’s Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos, or CUEC) and Luis Estrada are planning the commercial release of the English-language short film Vengeance is Mine, famed for getting Alfonso Cuarón and Estrada himself from the film school in 1983.  It will coincide with CUEC’s 50th anniversary celebrations, next year.

The expulsion, says Casas, is the stuff of legend. Lubezki finished school with no problems and worked on several more shorts, while Cuarón and Estrada decided not to return for the fifth year of their program, where there was virtually no classroom work, but rather work in film production.  The filmmakers have no problems with the institution, he explained.  In fact, Lubezki and Cuarón have both returned to CUEC to deliver master classes.  Read more.

I, for one, will be looking forward to a proper release with proper credits, because its IMDb page is kind of lacking at the moment.

FoxSearchlight Featurette: El Chivo

26 Feb

This featurette was released a few weeks back – a treat before the Oscars start:

Eye on the Oscars: The Cinematographer

6 Jan

Variety looks ahead to the Oscars with cinematographers’ thoughts on their favourite cinematography this year, including three acclaimed directors of photography discussing Emmanuel Lubezki‘s work on Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life.

Caleb Deschanel (IMDb) begins:

Sixteen years ago, Mark Johnson called me to tell me about a terrific young cinematographer who was photographing “The Little Princess,” a movie Mark was producing. The cinematographer was Emmanuel Lubezki, aka “Chivo.” Mark was right. The film went on to earn Chivo a well-deserved Academy Award nomination, but was just the beginning of an extraordinary career. Continue reading