Crew members working on the set of Alfonso Cuaron’s untitled period film in Mexico City were assaulted by a group of union workers Tuesday.The Oscar-winning helmer (“Gravity”) was not on set when the group of men interfered with the shoot’s attempts to close down some streets, removing the street cones despite the crew’s protests that it had the necessary permits to shoot in the neighborhood.The crew claims that they were also robbed of their personal belongings, but local police authorities...
The acclaimed director, long a powerful force in Hollywood and internationally, won the best director Oscar for his 2013 3D sci-fi thriller “Gravity.” Co-written and produced by Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, “Gravity” was a technical tour-de-force that used stunning photo-realism, cutting-edge VFX and a very emotional roller-coaster ride to fully immerse global audiences, entrancing them to the tune of $723 million and giving both stars the biggest hits of their careers.
He got his start in TV in Mexico City, directed his first Mexican film in 1991 and was then hired by Sydney Pollack to shoot an episode of “Fallen Angels” for Showtime. Since then, the versatile director-writer-producer-editor has tackled a range of projects and subject matter, including the beloved children’s book “A Little Princess” (his 1995 American feature film debut), Dickens’ “Great Expectations,” the raunchy sex comedy “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” the franchise blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and the sci-fi drama “Children of Men.”
Along the way he picked up several Oscar nominations (including winning one for editing “Gravity”) and also found time to produce pal Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth.” He recently produced vigilante thriller “Desierto” with son Jonas, who co-wrote “Gravity,” and is shooting “Roma” in Mexico, his first there since 2001’s “Y Tu Mama Tambien.”