Tag Archives: Carlos Cuarón

Besos de azúcar premieres at Guadalajara

26 Mar
Carlos Cuarón con el equipo de Besos de azúcar (indierocks.mx)

Carlos Cuarón con el equipo de Besos de azúcar (indierocks.mx)

Earlier this month, Carlos Cuarón’s Besos de azúcar premiered at el Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (announcement).  Of course, all the coverage was in Spanish, but from what I’ve gleaned from Twitter and Google Translate, audiences were pleased, while critics had mixed feelings.  If you can read Spanish, you may be interested to check out some of the links below:

About the production:

  • Cuarón presenta “Besos de azúcar” en Guadalajara: “I always wanted to do a remake of Melody,” Cuarón tells César Huerta (El Universal).
  • Presenta Carlos Cuarón “Besos de azúcar” en el 28FICG: “I hope [teens] see the movie, get excited and see themselves in the story and the way it enters crude realism and humour that lightens dark situations,” says Luis Usabiaga. (Notimex) Continue reading

Alfonso Cuarón returning to the small screen with JJ Abrams

22 Sep

Last night, Deadline revealed that, “Alfonso Cuarón has teamed with J.J. Abrams for a high-concept drama, which just landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment.”  Cuarón will direct the pilot, which he will co-write with Mark Friedman (The Forgotten, Home of the Brave).

It is about a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.

Warner Bros. and Abrams’ Bad Robot are producing, with Abrams, Cuarón, Friedman, Bryan Burk, and Kathy Lingg listed as executive producers.  Still no title yet.  Read more.

As the Playlist points out, this would be Cuarón’s first small screen gig in nearly a decade.  The filmmaker directed an episode of neo-noir Fallen Angels in 1993, reportedly recruited by director Sydney Pollack after the success of Sólo con tu pareja.  Before that, he directed six episodes of Hora Marcada, a Mexican television fantasy-horror-sci fi anthology, which also featured early in the careers of Emmanuel Lubezki, Guillermo del Toro, and Carlos Cuarón.  “… certainly genre elements [of this early television work] have always been a part of his work to some degree, so all of this is very intriguing.”  Read more.

Rigging George Clooney’s face

11 Sep

Earlier this year, Full Sail University profiled its 2000 computer animation grad and 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Laurie Brugger.  Brugger is a senior rigger for Framestore, the London-based visual effects and computer animation studio working on Cuarón’s upcoming feature Gravity.  The face specialist speaks about her award-winning work on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (2010) – specifically for her work on the house elf Dobby – and meeting George Clooney.  She doesn’t mention Gravity by name, but we can pretty sure it’s the reason she was working on Clooney’s face (Framestore didn’t say otherwise).

While Brugger didn’t reveal anything new about Gravity, it’s been a while since we’d heard any news so it still kind of exciting to hear about her work. (and Dobby!)  To recap some old, but relevant news:

  • Recall that Clooney wasn’t exactly pleased to be filmed without make-up. (“Okay, let’s just get on with this.”)
  • Back in June 2010, when Robert Downey Jr. was still attached to the project and the film was without a committed female lead, it was Framestore that spilled some of the first major details about Gravity when advertising for recruits to join its crew, including “60% CG feature animation with the balance being hybrid CG and live action elements” and the opening take “slated to last at least 20 minutes.”  Read more.


And in other news, Elida Contreras tweeted a photo of the crew of Besos de azúcar, Carlos Cuarón’s second feature length film which began filming in June.  As of August 17, IMDb lists the film as status: post-production.

Short Shorts to honour Cuarón

4 Sep

The 7th edition of Short Shorts Film Festival Mexico will honour Carlos Cuarón next week with a retrospective of five of his short films.


  1. Sístole, diástole (1997)
  2. Juego de Niños (2002)
  3. Noche de Bodas (2002)
  4. Me la debes (2002)
  5. Ofelia (2005)

If you’re in Mexico City, you have two opportunities to see these five short films on the big screen: 20h30 Sunday night, 9 September, at Cinemex Insurgentes; and 16h00 Tuesday afternoon, 12 September at Lumiere Reforma.

OEM (and Kroma Film) also reports that Alfonso Cuarón will also be honoured with a retrospective, but I can’t find anything about it on the program (Alfonso has writing credit on the 1997 short, which stars Salma Hayek in the first decade of her career).  Read more.

The Short Shorts Film Festival begins Thursday, 6 September and runs through to the 14th.  The federal capital’s Ministry of Culture will also be hosting special screenings at public parks, squares, and cultural centres.  Enjoy!

In case you missed it, you can get a taste of the Cuarón retrospective here.

On a night like tonight…

29 Jul

…a little distraction from the Olympics, courtesy of ¡WEGO!

Noche de bodas (Wedding Night) was written and directed by Carlos Cuarón.  Running at five minutes and nine seconds, including credits, it really is a short film and it was super fun to find it in my inbox this morning.  The short, starring Mónica Huarte, Vanessa Bauche, Moisés Arizmendi, and Alfonso Cárcamo, premiered a decade ago at the 2002 edition of  my hometown’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, and was included as a special feature in the 2007 Criterion edition of Sólo con tu pareja.

“A reserved wedding suite should never go to waste, especially on a wedding night.”

Besos de azúcar now filming

24 Jun

Carlos Cuarón’s second feature Besos de azúcar (Sugar Kisses?) is now well into production, according to El Universal’s César Huerta.  The film will star 17 y.o. Chistian Ferrer (of El infierno and Sin nombre) as its villain, with Verónica Falcón as his mother.  Kevin Hernández will play an American teenager (Get the Gringo).

Besos is being produced by brothers Carlos and Alfonso Cuarón with support from Fidecine, Mexico’s Film Investment and Stimulus Fund.  Read more.  IMDb also lists production companies Vista Hermosas Films and Delicious Films.

Carlos Cuarón’s first feature Rudo y Cursi came out in 2008 with the 5th biggest box office opening in Mexican history.  Since then, he also wrote and directed a ten-minute English-language adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s The Second Bakery Attack, which screened around the world in 2010.

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