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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.

Cinema Havana on Vimeo

9 May

Did you miss out on these spots three years ago?  It doesn’t look like www.cinemahavana.com is active anymore, but Jonás Cuarón and José María Yazpil’s shorts – produced to promote the brand of rum – can now be seen on Vimeo, thanks to the Lift.  These three shorts were filmed in Cuba, Catalonia, Morocco, and the North Pole over the course of 14 days.  See the first one below, filmed in la Habana, and the rest below the cut.

The Lift is a production company and creative studio based on Barcelona and Mexico City.  Carlos and Jonás Cuarón are both represented in Mexico by the Lift.  Read more.

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Gravity to open with 17 minute long take

12 Apr

Bill Desowitz (Immersed in Movies) reports that Alfonso Cuarón is “turning production on its head” with his upcoming feature Gravity.

Last week, the 5D Institute in association with the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Autodesk hosted the 5D | Flux Conference, at which Chris deFaria (Warner Bros. visual effects and animation) gave us an impression of what went into the filmmaking process.

Instead of trying to create real people and what they’re doing, let’s turn it around and create almost an entirely animated film and then backwards engineer the people into that film. As a matter of fact, let’s not even engineer the people into the film, let’s engineer their faces. But there was a big hiccup that we came to I didn’t realize until later, which was that we began building it as an animated film and Alfonso had an idea that he wanted the shots to be incredibly long.

In the end, the two hour film will contain only 156 shots, including many long takes “six, eight, ten minutes long.” The film is being post-converted into 3D, with visual effects led by Framestore.

Drew McWeeny (HitFix) made it to the talk as well, and confirmed some more details about the film’s premise.

The screenplay, by Alfonso Cuarón, Jonas Cuarón, and Rodrigo Garcia, deals with how a team tries to survive when a missile is fired at a satellite while they’re all at the International Space Station, and the explosion creates a chain reaction of debris moving at 30,000 kph, threatening their ability to ever make their way back to Earth.

The lone survivor (Sandra Bullock) of the space mission desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.

Gravity is due to cinemas November 21st this year.

A Boy and his Shoe expected mid-2010

3 Sep

Milenio reports: Expect to see A Boy and his Shoe hit the big screens in mid-2010.

The story, written by the director and his son Jonás Cuarón, relates the experiences of a French employee who moves to Scotland with her two children who encounter a series of problems from the time they arrive culminating in great drama.

In addition to previously mentioned Charlotte Gainsbourg and Daniel Auteuil,  actors Guillaume Canet and Pam Ferris are now attached to the project, which should begin to film shortly (although it is not known whether it will film on location or in studio). Read more.

In other news, IndieWire reports that IFC has signed with Criterion to distribute a special Criterion edition of Y tu mamá también, among other films, for 2010 release.  “Criterion has always presented a mix of international classics and director-approved editions of important contemporary films, so this new slate of releases fits our mission perfectly. These films are future classics, and we’re very excited about the opportunity to work with the filmmakers to present them in great editions right from the start,” said Criterion’s Peter Becker.    Read more.

Also, Women & Hollywood (from a feminist perspective) have pointed out a recent Newsweek article profiling female directors from Mexico.  Says Melissa Silverstein from Women & Hollywood, “It’s interesting to note that the movies by the women described in the piece are more gritty and realistic and about life in Mexico whereas most of the film made by the prominent Mexican men and more fantasy and action drive.”

Mexican coverage for the Year of the Nail

16 Aug

There was a great deal of coverage in the Mexican press upon the domestic premiere of Año uña that I haven’t gotten to yet – some snippets and links in rougly chronlogical order follow:

Asked, “What’s next?” (El Universal), director Jonás Cuarón responded:

That is what we always talk about, my girlfriend and I, because what follows is no longer with snapshots, you write the script first, but I am interested in looking for ways to create an honest story, in an interesting way, but fun.

I want to continue in film, she wants to continue with photography and when she speaks of photography projects and concept talk, I believe that working together should not be forced […] we are not working together right now, we will always share opinions.

Salim Kury (Quién) caught up with both Cuarón and actress, co-producer, and editor Eireann Harper in a hotel suite around the premiere, and while the only news is that Cuarón is working on a script for his next feature and Harper is workign on her photography, Luis Ortiz Vargas took some new photos of the couple:

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Año uña in Mexico, Rudo y Cursi on DVD, and more

22 Jul

After screening at international festivals for the last two years,  Año uña finally premiered today in Mexico (after a delay due to the H1N1 epidemic).   Speaking to Reuters, director Jonás Cuarón shared his belief in the film’s universal appeal overcoming any linguistic barriers.  “Adolescent guarrada* is universal, whether in Japan, Mexico, or England; all thirteen year olds are filthy,” he remarked.  Read more.

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