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Alfonso Cuarón backstage at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

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The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.

ALFONSO CUARON

Best Director

(“Gravity”)

Was it your intention to create something that is both appealing to massive moviegoers but making something so abstract that people could come away with their own theories about what’s going on?

We have been collaborating lately. And once he told me, “Your films are rhetoric” — my son told me, “They are rhetoric. You can do the same thing but have a better appeal, being more entertaining.” He didn’t say “appeal,” but can be more fun. That was the departure in the way to do this film.

If everything is going to be funny or if it was an after-life experience or anything, I thought that the best ending was Sandra is on the ground. She gets up, all this great music going on. She takes two steps and then suddenly something falls and crushes her and it’s George Clooney. And that’s the end of the movie. I think with that, I would win Cannes.

Gravity” shows that even if you’re Latino or Mexican, you can do movies that are not necessarily based on local stuff. Do you think that’s the interesting thing that’s happening right now? You think it is a new path for people that know how to go straight to their vision in specific areas?

I don’t think there are rules in cinema. I truly believe that cinema is the language and the nation is film. There’s also people like Abra Radada or Michael Escalante that are doing amazing work in a very specific social political reality. So I think that everything can coexist. I think it is very valuable that that keeps on going in cinema. I don’t think that there’s a rule for being a Latino or not being a Latino. It is just about cinema.

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