Mexican director who frequently directs mainstream fare in an artsy style, sometimes with an eye towards [[AnAesop political commentary]] and/or exploring teen {{angst}}. His most notable films include ''Film/YTuMamaTambien'', ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'' and ''{{Film/Gravity}}''. Oh, and HeAlsoDid ''[[NeverLiveItDown I Am Autism]]'', the [[MemeticMutation memetically]] [[{{Narm}} narmy]], slightly [[UnfortunateImplications offensive]] Autism Speaks advertisement.

He became the first Latin American director to win a Best Director AcademyAward, for ''{{Film/Gravity}}''.

He is also a co-creator of the series ''Series/{{Believe}}'' on NBC.
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Common tropes in his movies:

* AcclaimedFlop: ''Film/ChildrenOfMen''.
* {{Angst}}
* CameraAbuse: Blood splatter on the lens in ''Film/ChildrenOfMen'', water on the lens in ''Film/{{Gravity}}''.
* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''A Little Princess'', ''Film/GreatExpectations'', ''Azkaban'' and ''Children Of Men''.
* JitterCam
* MoneyDearBoy: A significant portion of his work, according to [[http://vimeo.com/88807674 this]] interview.
** That would explain ''I Am Autism'' though.
* TheOner: A signature style of his. ''Children of Men'' was widely praised for its finale in this respect and ''Gravity'' has it in its opening, as well as in several scenes throughout the rest of the film. Many of his movie, including ''Children of Men'' and ''Gravity'' are shot by highly acclaimed cinematographer and frequent collaborator, Emmanuel Lubezki, who is a master of this style.
* RoadMovie: ''Y Tu Mama Tambien'' and ''Children of Men''.
* SceneryPorn: Sometimes crosses over with SceneryGorn.
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