Mexican Presence

Alejandro González Iñárritu

He began his career as a radio locutor. His first feature film Amores Perros won best feature film at Cannes Critic's Week and an Oscar nomination. In 2003 he shot 21 filmed with Sean Penn, Benicio del Toro, Naomi Watts and Charlotte Gainsbourg. In 2005 he directed and produced Babel, written by Guillermo Arriaga staring by Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael Garcia Bernal and Adriana Barraza. BABEL won palme d'or at Cannes Festival.

In 2008 he produced Rudo y Cursi directed by Carlos Cuarón, staring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. In 2010 he directed Beautiful staring Javier Bardem, winning best performance in Cannes Film Festival. The movie was selected by Mexican Film Academy to present México at Oscars and Golden Globe Awards as best foreign film.

In 2015 he won best director, best movie and best original screenplay for Birdman. The next year at the 88 year edition, he also won best director for The Revenant.

In the Festival de Cannes

Directed by : Alejandro G. Iñarritu. Year of production : 2017 Country : United States, Italiy, Mexico.
Length : 7 minutes

Based on true accounts, CARNE y ARENA is a virtual reality installation in three acts where the superficial lines between subject and bystander are blurred and bound together, allowing individuals to walk in a vast space and thoroughly live a fragment of the immigrant's personal crossings.

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Emmanuel Lubezki

Photograhy Director He was born in 1964 in Mexico city, studied on the University study Center of Cinematography (CUEC), where they specialize in cinematography, there he met people who would be a great influence on his life as Alfonso Cuarón, Xavier Pérez Grobet, Rodrigo Prieto y Luis Estrada. Lubezki obtained the recognition for the best artist contribution in the Tokyo International Film Festival an the Ariel for the best photography with the feature film Como agua para chocolate, 1992, becoming the youngest professional to receive this award.

In 1993 he working with Alejandro Pelayo in Miroslava film, with which he won his second Ariel and the Award for Best Photography at the Festival of Havana. Working in La princesita film he obtained his first Oscar nomination in collaboration with Alfonso Cuarón. In 1999 was working with Tim Burton in the film El jinete sin cabeza . After years he worked in the film Tu mama también of Alfonso Cuarón, 2002, also presented at the Venice International Film Festival and obtained the award for the best script, same was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

In 2005 he collaborated with renowned director Terrence Malick for the film The New World and he received another Oscar nomination. Also nominated for the fourth time in 2006 with the film Los Niños del Hombre. He later worked on the film The Tree of Life he once again contend and won the Oscars and also received recognition from the American Filmmakers Society (ASC).

In recent years, his work in the films Gravity, Birdman and El renacido they have given three Oscars, among many awards such as the BAFTA and the Critics Choice Movie Awards.

In the Festival de Cannes

As Cinephotographer Emmanuel presents the short film "Carne y Arena" within the category Virtual Reality out of competition.

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Alfonso Cuarón


Born in Mexico City in 1961 Alfonso Cuarón studied cinema and philosophy before shooting his critically acclaimed first film, Love in the Time of Hysteria in 1991. He next directed in the USA Little Princess (1995), twice nominated for the Oscars, then Great Expectations (1998). On returning to Mexico, he helmed, co-wrote and produced And Your Mother Too (2001), whose script was awarded the Prize for best script at the Venice Film Festival and an Oscar nomination. He then directed two British films, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 and directed and co-wrote Children of Men (2006), a futuristic film, praised for its direction and realism that was awarded the best technical contribution in the Venice Film Festival and several Oscars nominations. Alfonso Cuarón also took part in the collective film, Paris, I Love You, presented in 2006 at the opening of Un Certain Regard in Cannes and in 2007 collaborated with Jonás Cuarón and Naomi Klein in the short film The Shock Doctrine.

In the Festival de Cannes

Alfonso Cuarón, give a Masterclass, in the company of film critic Michel Ciment, during which they will discuss his career in Hollywood and Mexico.

Masterclass. 24th May at 16:30 in the Buñuel screening room.

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Mexico in Cannes
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