Thanks to Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere for linking to a very interesting LA Times piece by Reed Johnson on Mexican directors Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu that discusses their films and the faternity that exists between them.
It reminded me of a BAFTA screening of 21 Grams back in December 2003. Cuarón (who at the time was filming Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkabhan) introduced the film and sat in on the Q&A afterwards with Iñárritu. They were not only intelligent and engaging speakers but their deep respect and admiration for one another was clear. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (who has worked on all of Iñárritu’s films) also participated, even though London traffic meant that he turned up a little late.
I haven’t yet seen Babel or Pan’s Labyrinth but if either are as good as Children of Men then it will indeed be a remarkable trio of films from these directors.
> The LA Times article by Reed Johnson
> Official Site for Babel
> Official site for Pan’s Labyrinth
> Official site for Children of Men
> BBC News article on Children of Men with cast and crew comments
> Jeffrey Wells interviews Iñárritu about Babel back in May
> Cuarón discusses his influences in a short interview with New York Magazine
> Anne Thompson also profiles the “Three Amigos” at the Hollywood Reporter
> Rodrigo Prieto discusses shooting Babel with with Debra Kaufman of StudioDaily.com