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ALFONSO CUARÓN (Directed by / Screenplay by / Editor)—who is fast becoming one of the most celebrated directors of his generation—most recently scored worldwide critical and box-office riches with the global blockbuster Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third in the series of phenomenally successful adaptations of author J.K. Rowling's novels; Rowling herself named Cuarón's film as her personal favorite in the continuing series. At the time of the release of Prisoner of Azkaban, the filmmaker was still enjoying critical acclaim for his previous film, Y tu mamá también, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Screenplay (written with his brother Carlos) and BAFTA nominations for Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Cuarón studied cinema and philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He worked as an assistant director in several films and directed television shows before making his movie debut with Sólo con tu pareja. This dark comedy, about a womanizing businessman who learns he's contracted AIDS, starred Daniel Giménez Cacho and Claudia Ramírez and was the biggest box-office hit in Mexico in 1992; it garnered Cuarón an Ariel Award as co-writer.

Impressed with the feature film debut, Sydney Pollack hired Cuarón to direct Murder, Obliquely, an episode of the neo-noir Fallen Angels series on Showtime (joining the ranks of fellow Fallen Angels directors Steven Soderbergh, Jonathan Kaplan, Peter Bogdanovich and Tom Hanks). The episode, starring Laura Dern and Alan Rickman, won Cuarón the 1993 Cable ACE Award for Best Director.

Alfonso made his American feature film debut with the critically acclaimed motion picture adaptation of the beloved children's book A Little Princess (which was nominated for Academy Awards® for Best Cinematography and Art Direction, and won the L.A. Film Critics New Generation Award). This was followed in 1998 by a contemporary adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel Great Expectations, which starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Ethan Hawke.

Cuarón next returned to Mexico to direct a Spanish-speaking cast in the funny, provocative and controversial road comedy Y tu mamá también, which he followed with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Cuarón established his own film production companies in partnership with Jorge Vergara–Anhelo, focusing on Spanish-speaking features, and Monsoon Entertainment for films in English.


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