Cuarón in July 2013
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco
28 November 1961
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer, editor|
|Children||3, including Jonás Cuarón|
|Relatives||Carlos Cuarón (brother)|
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco (US: /; Spanish: [alˈfonso kwaˈɾon] pronunciation (help·info); born 28 November 1961) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. He is best known for his dramas Y Tu Mamá También (2001) and Roma (2018), the fantasy film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and the science fiction thrillers Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013). Cuarón is the first Latin American director to win the Academy Award for Best Director.
A majority of Cuarón's work has been acclaimed by critics. He has been nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing for Children of Men. He was awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language as producer of Pan's Labyrinth. For Gravity, Cuarón received several major accolades for his achievement in directing, winning the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Film Editing, the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the BAFTA Award for Best Direction and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film.
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born in Mexico City on 28 November 1961, the son of Alfredo Cuarón, a nuclear physicist who worked for the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency for many years. He has two brothers, Carlos, also a filmmaker, and Alfredo, a conservation biologist. Cuarón studied philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and filmmaking at CUEC (Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos), a school within the same university. There, he met the director Carlos Marcovich and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and they made what would be his first short film, Vengeance Is Mine.