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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].

Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity in Los Angeles

15 Aug

Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu, as well as actors Diego Luna and Kate del Castillo, came out to support Javier Sicilia’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) as the Caravan for Peace arrived in Los Angeles, Monday. Continue reading

Valladolid to honour Mexican cinema

13 May

EFE: The 57th edition of the Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid (a.k.a. la Seminici) will honour Mexico with a retrospective of twenty feature films, and screen a number of short films by Mexican filmmakers never before seen in Spain, including undistributed works by Iñárritu, Cuarón, and del Toro.

Festival director Javier Angulo explained that the retrospective will cover three generations of Mexican cinema, beginning with “first generation” director Jorge Fons, and including films produced before 2010.

The program is being coordinated by Iván Trujillo, currently director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival and former director of Mexico’s National Film Archive.  It will include panel discussion with directors, actors, and experts in Mexican cinema, including representatives from IMCINE (Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía) and the Spanish press.  In recent years, Valladolid also hosted retrospectives of Indian, Swedish, and Brazilian cinemas.

The retrospective will take place 20-27 October.  Read more.

The official program is still TBA but the festival website is already up. Continue reading

Cuarón on Lionsgate wish list for Hunger Games sequel

13 Apr

Speculation about who might takeover Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire has been all over my Alfonso Cuarón Google News Alerts over the last week amid rumours that director Gary Ross was parting ways with the franchise, but that was when they were just rumours.

On Tuesday, Ross confirmed his departure in a statement released by the studio, saying, “Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct Catching Fire. As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.”

Lionsgate is now searching for a new director and already has a wishlist drawn up. Nicole Sperling (24 Frames) reports:

The master list is seven or eight names long, all men, and all have some significant credits to their name. Lionsgate is basically hoping to to re-create the “Harry Potter” moment when Warner Bros. brought Alfonso Cuaron to direct the third film in the series. (Chris Columbus left after helping the first two.) Cuaron was a creative choice who excited critics, journalists and author J.K. Rowling, who all were interested in what the director of “Y Tu Mama Tambien” would do with the series.

In fact, Cuaron is in the mix for “Catching Fire,” along with David Cronenberg and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, among others. All have been working in the industry for decades and trend more toward darker, indie fare than commercial hits.

Read more.

Catching Fire is scheduled for release November 22, 2013. So we know that Lionsgate wants Cuarón, Iñárritu, and Cronenberg, among others, but do they want Lionsgate back? And more importantly, the tight production schedule?

IndieWire update: “Sources close to the project tell The Playlist,” Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Francis Lawrence (I am Legend) are also on Lionsgate’s wish list.  Read more.

THR’s Heat Vision update: Lawrence (represented by CAA and 3Arts) will receive the first offer,but Tomas Alfredson, Cary Fukunaga, and Duncan Jones on Lionsgate’s list.  Read more.

MTV final update:

The reaping has concluded, with Francis Lawrence officially named victor in the contest to direct “Catching Fire,” according to a release from Lionsgate.

More mindblowing

18 Dec

So, he is not directing the Twilight Zone but Alfonso Cuarón has a huge year ahead with one of the most highly anticipated films of 2012 (scheduled for a November 21 release).

We’ve already heard Guillermo del Toro describe Gravity on MTV as “completely mindblowing” filmmaking, but recently main actress Sandra Bullock is insisting the same, while promoting her upcoming feature, an adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  In addition to describing the isolation of filming her character along in space, she told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz:

It is going to be so profoundly silent and big and loud. I don’t know how to explain it, because I have never seen anything like it. I never experienced anything like it. There are no words in my mental dictionary that can describe what this experience was, but once you see it, you’re, you’re just going to be like, ‘Oh my f—ing God.’

Cuarón celebrated his 50th birthday last month (November 28) and in the wave of Happy Birthdays, I nearly missed this:

Disclaimer: “Looks real but I’m just not sure,” the uploader says, but “it still looks cool though.” Regardless of whether it’s fan made or for real, I am certainly ready to have my mind blown (soooo excited). Continue reading

Luna’s “Abel” meets success in domestic market

5 Jun

EUROPA PRESS: From 7 to 11 June, Bilbao will host the General Assembly of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), bringing together two hundred representatives of over 3 million creators and publishers, from 225 member institutions in 118 countries. In addition to discussing the status of creators in new delivery platforms and the evolution of intellectual property law, delegates will also elect a new president and vice-president for the next three years, positions currently occupied by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón respectively (elected in 2007). Read more.

EFE/LEER: In its second weekend since opening, Diego Luna’s directorial debut Abel will be receiving increased distribution to more than one hundred screens across fourteen cities, a rare feat for a domestic release in Mexico where cinemas are dominated by Hollywood films. Last weekend’s premiere sold 61 000 tickets, breaking the record for releases of between 60 and 65 copies, previously held by Shakespeare in Love (1998). Abel is a co-production of Canana Films (MX) and Mr. Mudd (US) and stars Christopher Ruiz-Esparza and José María Yazpik. Abel (Ruiz-Esparza) returns from the psychiatric ward to fill the shoes of household patriarch until his father Anselmo (Yazpik) comes back into the fold. The film screened earlier this year at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals and has been well-received by critics and audiences. Thanks to Jacki for her help with the Spanish. Read more.

See also:

There has also been some coverage of this spring’s Cha Cha Cha releases Biutiful: “If there is no crisis, I have failed” (El Universal interview with director Alejandro González Iñárritu); and Mother and Child: “Rodrigo Garcia no movies purist” (Chicago Tribune).

The upcoming World Cup also brings us another Wieden+Kennedy Nike ad filmed by El Chivo Emmanuel Lubezki, this time directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, entitled “Write the Future”:

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Sundance!

17 Jan

Rudo y Cursi at Sundance

Rudo y Cursi screened to an American audience for the first time last night (there will be three more over the course of Sundance), and while reviews aren’t online yet, the buzz is certainly exciting:

Mike the Movie Guy recounts his experience of day 2 and talking to Gael García Bernal, Carlos Cuarón,, and Guillermo del Toro (“He is as friendly as I have heard he is”). Cha Cha Cha’s Three Amigos spoke to EFE by phone interview. Said Del Toro, “Sundance was the platform for the first films of Alfonso, Alejandro and myself. It’s a very important stepping stone.” On his producers, the 42 year old director said, “They treated me as producers in the way they would have liked to have been treated. I was very sheltered; they’re like my ‘big brothers,’ one by blood and the others through cinema.” Read more. The director also spoke to Yassir Zárate Méndez one more time about making the movie. Iñárritu predicted the success of the film, while congratulating Bernal on the birth of his first son two weeks ago, “The truth is we had a lot of faith in the connection that Carlos has with people.” Soitu.es includes the film on its guide to Hispanic film at the festival, citing Latin American film’s strongest showing in the United States in years. Continue reading