Acclaimed Hollywood Director Alfonso Cuarón Praises Brillante Mendoza, Reveals He Is A FanOne of the most popular and in-demand directors of Hollywood today has just revealed he loves the work of a Filipino director.
That Filipino director is Brillante Mendoza who Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón described is an asset to Philippine cinema.
The revelation was made by Cuarón in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Hollywood correspondent Yong Chavez who interviewed the Academy Award-nominated director about his latest film, Gravity.
Gravity is currently being billed by top publications in the U.S. as the next big movie of the year.
In his interview with Chavez, Cuarón revealed that he was able to watch Mendoza’s movies “Kinatay” and “Serbis” at the Cannes Film Festival and has loved the Filipino director’s work ever since.
Asked what his advice to fellow director would be, Mendoza said that he will tell them to be true to what they do.
He added, “I don't think that Hollywood should be the goal for filmmakers. Hollywood could be the journey of many filmmakers.”
“But some filmmakers, they choose to take different journeys and I'm thankful for that. Like in your country, I'm so happy that Diamante Mendoza [Sic – Brilliante] exists,” he continued.
Asked by Chavez if he knows Mendoza, Cuarón said, “I love his cinema.”
Chavez followed up by asking what Cuarón thinks is Mendoza’s best asset to which the three-time Oscar-nominated director answered “I think [his best asset as a director is] the universe that he creates. It's a universe that is in one hand in which he's talking about a very specific context and very specific characters but together with that, he creates a whole cinematic dynamic with the characters.”
Mendoza is “brutally honest,” Cuarón added.
“Gravity” is set to be released in the Philippines this October. It stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock who said she only accepted the role in the film because her director would be Cuarón.
Cuarón has directed critically-acclaimed filmed including "Y Tu Mama Tambien," "Children of Men" and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban".