Film Society to Host ‘An Evening with Alfonso Cuarón’ in February


Alfonso Cuarón directs Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity.

Alfonso Cuarón will present his multiple Oscar-nominated film Gravity at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. "An Evening with Alfonso Cuarón" will include a 3D screening of the film, which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, followed by a conversation moderated by Film Comment editor-in-chief Gavin Smith.

After the discussion, the evening will continue with a screening of his 2006 Oscar-nominated feature Children of Men, starring Julianne Moore, Clive Owen and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave). The event will take place Thursday, February 13.

Alfonso Cuarón is a six-time Oscar-nominee, with his three most recent Oscar nods coming for his work as a director, producer and editor on the acclaimed Gravity, which he also co-wrote (with his son, Jonás Cuarón). He made his feature film directorial debut in 1991 with Sólo Con Tu Pareja (Love in the Time of Hysteria). The film was Mexico's biggest box office success in 1992 and won him an Ariel Award as co-writer. Sydney Pollack tapped his talent to direct Murder, Obliquely, an episode of the neo-noir Fallen Angels series on Showtime.

He then embarked on his American feature film debut with the 1995 adaptation of children's book A Little Princess, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography as well as Art Direction. It won the L.A. Film Critics New Generation Award. Cuarón followed that up with an adaptation of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations (1998).

The filmmaker headed back to Mexico to direct the successful and controversial road comedy Y Tu Mamá También, introducing Mexican actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna to U.S. audiences. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay (written with his brother, Carlos Cuarón) and other nods. In 2003, he directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the popular studio franchise based on the best-selling books by J.K. Rowling.

Cuarόn’s next project, Children of Men, which he co-wrote with Timothy Sexton, was one of the most talked about films of 2006, and was celebrated by critics and film fans for its compelling human drama of hope set against a dystopian reality that was, even then, being shaped by events of the early 21st century. The film brought two Oscar nominations to Cuarón, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. It also received a number of other awards and nominations, including an Oscar nod for Best Cinematography; two BAFTA Awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design; and a Venice Film Festival Award for Best Cinematography.

"In this landmark year for Alfonso, we’re proud to welcome him to the Film Society for a closer look at his film Gravity, both an artistic and a technical breakthrough," said Dennis Lim, Film Society's Director of Programming. "We’ll also take this opportunity to re-visit his gripping Children of Men on the big screen and engage in an in-depth conversation about his rich and varied body of work.”


Clive Owen and Julianne Moore in Children of Men.

An Evening with Alfonso Cuarón will be held at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street on Thursday, February 13 beginning at 6:30pm. Single screening tickets for Gravity are $20 for Members and $25 for the General Public and $8 for everyone for Children of Men.

Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón, USA, 2013. 3D Digital projection, 91m.
Alfonso Cuarón’s riveting drama Gravity is a taut 90-minute emotional journey, captured with breathtaking and groundbreaking effects. Sandra Bullock, who holds the screen alone for much of the film, delivers a layered performance as a scientist on her first trip to space. The film’s much-discussed opening take sets the scene: what starts as routine spacewalk peppered with witty banter, courtesy of a veteran astronaut (played by George Clooney), quickly turns into turbulent, gut-wrenching ride. From there, Gravity becomes a story of isolation and survival set in the unforgiving realm of space. The film, which has struck a chord with critics and audiences, earned 10 Oscar-nominations (Best Picture, Director, Actress, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects). In addition, Cuáron was recently honored with the Best Director Award from the Directors Guild of America.
Thursday, February 13 at 6:30PM
Director Alfonso Cuarón in person!

Children of Men
Alfonso Cuarón, USA, 2006. Digital projection, 109m.
Adapted from a 1992 P.D. James novel of the same name, Children of Men is set in a dystopian Britain on the brink of bleak demise. The human race has been ravaged by a plague of sterility and the youngest person in the world has just died at the age of 18. As desperation sets in, a lone pregnant woman must be transported to safety to ensure the future of humanity. This science fiction political thriller, directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón, was one of the most acclaimed films of 2006 and is remembered for its stirring performances by Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and other, as well as its distinctive filmmaking technique. Children of Men received three Academy Award-nominations: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing.
Thursday, February 13 at 9:15PM
Director Alfonso Cuarón in person!

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