Director Alfonso Cuaron Named President of International Jury for Venice Film Festival

Director Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamà también, Children of Men, Gravity) will chair the International Jury for the Competition of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (2-12 September 2015), which will award the Golden Lion for Best Film and the other official prizes. The decision was made by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, upon recommendation of the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera.

The winner of two Oscars - for Best Director and Best Film Editing for Gravity, the opening film of the 2013 Venice International Film Festival which won 7 Oscars in all - Alfonso Cuarón won four more nominations for the Academy Awards®, all of them for films that were screened as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival: Y tu mamà también (2001, Best Original Screenplay), Children of Men (2006, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing), GRAVITY (2013, Best Film). Cuarón's connection with the Venice Film Festival therefore dates back to 2001, when Y tu mamà también won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay (by Carlos and Alfonso Cuarón) and the Marcello Mastroianni Award (Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna). The Venice Film Festival director that year was Alberto Barbera. In 2006, Children of Men won the Osella Award for Best Cinematography, an acknowledgement for Emmanuel Lubezki who also was director of photography for Gravity.

On the closing evening of the 72nd Venice Film Festival (12th September 2015), the Venezia 72 International Jury chaired by Alfonso Cuarón and composed of 9 personalities from the world of cinema and culture from various countries will award the following prizes for the feature films running in the competitive section, Venezia 72:
Golden Lion for Best Film
Silver Lion for Best Director
Grand Jury Prize
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
"Marcello Mastroianni" Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Award for Best Screenplay
Special Jury Prize

Alfonso Cuarón is one of the most celebrated directors of his generation. His debut film in 1991 Sólo Con Tu Pareja, a dark comedy starring Daniel Giménez Cacho and Claudia Ramírez, was the biggest box-office hit in Mexico in 1992 and 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.

Cuarón made his first American feature film with the critically acclaimed motion picture adaptation of the beloved children's book A Little Princess (1995), 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, 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. This was followed in 2003 with 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 favourite in the series.

Cuar?n's next project, Children of Men, which he co-write with Timothy Sexton, was one of the most talked about films of 2006, and was celebrated by critics and film fans for its ground breaking techniques, including several high-impact tracking shots. The film was nominated for a multitude of awards, including three Academy Awards® for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Achievement in Film Editing, and went on to win two BAFTAs for Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

After producing friend Guillermo del Toro's globally acclaimed Pan's Labyrinth (2006), he formed the independent production company Cha Cha Cha with fellow Mexican-born filmmakers del Toro and director Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, which thus far has produced Iñárritu's Academy Awards® and BAFTA nominated Biutiful (2010).

In 2013 he directed Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, which opened the 70th Venice Film Festival, won seven Oscars and brought in 700 million dollars at the box office around the world, while costing 100 million. The film won ten Oscar nominations, ranking highest in the list of nominations. In 2014 Cuarónmade the science-fiction television show Believe: he directed the pilot episode and produced the entire series for Warner Bros. Television and J.J. Abram's Bad Robot Productions, broadcast by the NBC television network in the United States.


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